Maine Hockey Journal

News and Notes from the Four C’s

It was a good morning at practice. The guys were loose and looking forward to the weekend. For Stephen Dixon and Andy Schneider it was a chance to hook up with some old teammates. Both spoke positively of their time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, mentioning how it was a first class facility, team and the city was hockey mad market. Hopefully, at some point in time they can say the same thing about Portland.

Here’s some notes and observation from practice this morning.

– Brian Salcido returned to the ice yesterday and skated again this morning. He still hasn’t been cleared by the doctors, but he should be available this weekend and to take part in the All-Star Classic.

– With Salcido returning to practice, the Pirates assigned Adrian Veideman back to the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. In five games with the Pirates, he scored one goal and one assist. Because Salcido returned, it was really in Veideman’s best interest to return back to Augusta in order to get playing time, but it also allowed him to take part in the ECHL All-Star game, where he recorded an assist.

– Michal Birner is not expected back until after the A-S break. He’d taken part in the first three on-ice drills, but left the ice for further evaluation and treatment.

– Gerald Coleman is still out with no timetable for his return.

– Shane Hynes might finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. He had surgery on Wednesday to remove the pins in his foot. It’s possible he could be cleared to skate within two weeks.

– Mike Hoffman has the cast off his right wrist and it’s looking more like two weeks before he’s back in the lineup.

– The Pirates might be facing a very different Penguins team on Friday. Pittsburgh plays Philly tonight and then they’re off until after the break. It’s expected that they’re going to send down several players including former Pirate Tim Brent.

– Stayed tuned in the next couple days as it’s very possible that another Pirate(s) could be named to the All-Star game. Andrew Ebbett should have been named to the Classic when they announced the teams, but as I wrote a couple weeks ago, I felt he was hosed. Let’s see if the AHL can get it right.

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