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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ferguson, Daoust among those signed to PTOs; Lukacevic released

Those of you who liked what you saw from Simon Ferguson (pictured left) during training camp will be happy to know that the Aeros have signed him to a PTO.

That is about all they can offer at this point with the roster in such flux right now. Ferguson was invited to try out and has had a very good camp thus far.

I have added a video (at the bottom of this post) of a fight he had with Drew Fata when the two were in the Eastern conference. Both guys fought well and each landed a few decent punches. In fact, both were teammates in San Antonio last year, if I recall correctly.

Other players, and these should all be announced later today, that will be sticking around are

Jean-Michael Daoust
Chad Rau
Matthew Fornataro
Dylan Hunter
Gregg Johnson (he of two preseason goals).

From what I understand Ned Lukacevic (spent most of last with the Providence Bruins) was released. Jimmy Kilpatrick was let go and he will report back to the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) and d-man Brad Zanon will head back to the Florida Everblades.

Also, Craig Weller was assigned to the team after clearing waivers, but Nathan Smith is staying with Minnesota for now since Benoit Pouliot is still hurt. Andy Hilbert is still chewing on the two-way deal from the Wild, so it is not yet known if and when he will join the Aeros. If something happens today, I guess there is a chance he could suit up for their first game against the Moose this weekend.

Now back to Ferguson. After Saturday's initial preseason game, Heather blogged that Simon could be the new Mitch, and that is exactly what the Aeros are hoping to get out of him. Monday in Cedar Park he was a tad more (for lack of a better word) reserved, but he had good energy, and stayed away from the sloppy game that some of his teammates employed in the third period.

He played for the Rampage last year, so I sent over an email to our friend Tony Uminski, who covers the Rampage for the Express News. He doesn't cover every game, but his blog is featured on our site. Check it out sometime.

I asked Tony to give us the heads up on Ferguson, and this is what I got. Sounds like Fergie could be a keeper.

"he'll hit every post and the goalie will usually have the save of the season against him, but he's a bruiser and antagonist and when he drops them, he usually finishes very well. when he fights, he doesn't pussy foot around -- goes right for the jugular, no dancing. first in last out. could chip in 4-5 goals but tough as nails...

scoring story -- Page were playing Hershey right after the horrible november, up 3-0, two minutes left and fergie intercepts a clearing pass by Varlamov the goalie who was still in hershey==who was in the corner...so fergie shoots from the circle at the open net, about a foot off the ice -- Varlamov jumps into the air, prone, a foot above the ice, and paddles the shot to the ice. unbelieavble stop, save of the year in my opinion...20 minutes later, Fergie is in his stall, staring ahead muttering something like f*&$##ing unbelievable...

just a good, hard nosed player. you'll like him.


artandhockey said...

Great news...'Feisty Fergie' and 'Scrapper' Daoust, Rau, Fornataro (be careful with the spelling!), Johnson and Hunter... cool! Love it! Good show!!

artandhockey said...

Rau does it rhyme with WOW, per chance?

Rosalba said...

Curious as to where you got the photo of Simon...