Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday tidbits

This first one I'll include because a fair number of people will be interested. Nashville did not give John Vigilante, brother of Mike, a qualifying offer:

The Predators have decided not to make qualifying offers to three players in the organization — forwards Brandon Bochenski and John Vigilante, as well as goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. All will become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

I think little Vig is quite a good player. Not that he'll necessarily ever make the NHL, but he's better than most people think.

Another player who is now a free agent who is worthwhile is goaltender Ryan Munce. He got a raw deal in LA and then Tampa's system with all of their drama. But he has talent and is a down to earth guy. I hope he catches on somewhere.

Angelo Esposito was not invited to Team Canada camp for the World Junior team. Given that he's been cut three times from it, it's not surprising.

Meanwhile, as was mentioned as a possibility months ago, former Thrashers fan favorite Denny Lambert was named head coach of the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds thanks to Craig Hartsburg's departure for the NHL. Here's the story. This second one has a photo.

I can't remember where I saw it now, but there was speculation that Trent Yawney would join the Sharks coaching staff. That's just one more name to cross off the possibilities for Atlanta.


Anonymous said...

RE: John Vigilante

If he doesn't get an AHL deal for 2008/09 is he likely to come to Gwinnett to play with his brother (assuming his brother is able to play at all)?

Have they ever played together before at amateur or pro level?

Holly Gunning said...

I don't know if they have played together, my guess is no. I can only assume they would like to, since they're close.

If Pyle is still here, I'm sure he'd love to have John, regardless of Mike's plans.