If you didn't previously understand that what was returned in the Mathieu Schneider deal were contract dumps, maybe this will clarify. Chad Painchaud was assigned to the ECHL Bakersfield Condors today.
A couple other interesting things to read while we wait for final rosters on Wednesday:
A sports radio guy in Dallas got to be an assistant coach for the Stars for a night in preseason and writes about it.
Gare Joyce of ESPN.com wrote a long piece on how the economic troubles will impact sports. I haven't gotten all the way through it yet, but I will. I'm very glad that neither of my jobs have anything to do with the markets, housing, or retail, and both are doing well financially. Whew.
I ran into ECHL linesman Rob Montepare at the Thrashers game Saturday and talked to him almost the entire second intermission. I spent all summer, and into the fall, looking for joy of hockey. That guy has it. Note to self: get his number.
Oh, funny thing Rob said -- Jeff Pyle showed up to talk to the ECHL refs convention wearing a garbage bag and a ref's helmet.