Happy Friday, y'all!
As you probably know, Aeros are in beautiful (I guess?) Grand Rapids today for a couple of back-to-back tilts against the Griffins.
The good news is that their best goaltender, Joey MacDonald, is up with Detroit while Jimmy Howard's broken pinkie finger heals up. And Grand Rapids as a whole isn't setting the world on fire, so these are 4 points perfectly within the Aeros reach if they get after it like we know they can.
In other news, the Aeros have signed RW Rob Mignardi to a PTO (@mignasty10). He's a rookie with 23 games up in Manchester with the Monarchs. 3 points and 18 PIM in those 23 games so set your expectations accordingly.
Now, the release about this signing hasn't come out and one site is showing him as going to Ontario, but the league transactions show him going to Houston. So, take that news with a grain of salt until it's official. But Joe hinted yesterday that further help was on the way, along with Jed Ortmeyer, so I have to assume it's Mignardi. (NOTE from John: the Aeros have Mignardi listed on the website roster.)
hockey weather here in GR #needmyscarf
— rob mignardi (@mignasty10) February 10, 2012
Finally, your Aeros goaltenders (and goalie coach Bob Mason) get a little love from yours truly in this month's issue of InGoal Magazine, which you can go here to read: http://magazine.ingoalmag.com/publication/?i=100071
Mason was very insightful on Hackett's career development thus far and was so great in general, we got a whole extra story just about Mase out of it. Plus, some good stuff from Hack on his game-day prep and a few other things.
And goaltending analysis whiz, Justin Goldman, writes about some top up-and-coming goalies, one of which is Darcy Kuemper.
Update: The Wild have put hard-nosed winger Brad Staubitz on waivers today. Haven't seen yet what their intentions are if he clears, though. That team is in panic mode, from all I'm seeing, but anyway, Staubitz could feasibly end up in Houston, so we'll keep an eye on that.