Sunday, June 22, 2008

Possible small moves

Rumors often start by someone adding 2 and 2 together. Sometimes they add and get 4, sometimes they get 5. Here are a couple things I've added up in the last couple days. Maybe I added correctly, maybe not. I wouldn't post them if I didn't think there was something to it though.

1. Peter Mannino, a free agent goaltender out of DU, signed, or at the very least, invited to prospects camp. There's lots of info out there about Mannino, so Google to your heart's content (basic stats here). This makes a lot of sense. Right now the Thrashers goaltending depth chart is Lehtonen, Hedberg, Pavelec, Turple. If there are two injuries, as it stands right now the team would have to call up Turple, who has played only a handful of games in the AHL. That's a scary proposition. More depth is needed, and Mannino is a good choice. He's 24, he's played in pressure situations. The signing would be reminiscent of when they traded for and then signed Adam Berkhoel a few years ago, who was also a DU goalie. Other teams may be interested in Mannino as well.

2. Chad Painchaud being available. This isn't too surprising given what happened at the end of last year (sent home early from the Gladiators). His name is out there right now, but he could be traded or just reassigned to another team until his contract expires.

3. This last item isn't a rumor, since Jeff Pyle himself told it to me. He's looking at a couple goaltenders for the Gladiators next season: Morgan Cey (Brad Schell's cousin, and someone he looked into last summer too), and Charlie Effinger out of Miami of Ohio.


Anonymous said...

I would love to see Morgan Cey back up KWAL this season. Any word on Jon Awe from the Aero's. I with alot of other fans would love to get him back.

Holly Gunning said...

I doubt K-Wal will be back this year. Many have said Awe will try for Europe. That seems likely. I think the Gladiators roster will be quite different, which by and large is a good thing.