Nashville assistant GM Paul Fenton joined Aaron and Wojo for the Admirals Center Ice Radio show Monday night on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP. And as usual, he shared some great information to give us a little more of an idea on what to expect this year.
– Scott Ford is “pretty darn close” to signing.
– Fenton is not expecting Brad Winchester to be back.
– Thinks Daniel Bang may end up staying in Europe. Bang is a restricted free agent who received a qualifying offer.
– Colton Sissons and Miikka Salomaki should be in Milwaukee this year. More on them in a moment…
– Scott Valentine is working out as both a forward and a defenseman during the off-season, but Fenton thinks he’ll end up playing on D.
– Fenton is still looking to sign three or four more guys to complete the Milwaukee roster. (I would hope that one or two of them will be of the puck-moving-variety-of-defensemen.)
– Talked a bit about the big time AHL salaries that some guys are getting. Previously, under the old CBA, if a guy on a two-way or one-way contract made more than $105k in the AHL, he was subject to re-entry waivers. That magic number was removed in the new CBA, so some clubs are willing to spend some more, and some guys are cashing in.
Sissons played last season with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL, and was over a point per game (28g, 39a, 61 games). On The Forecheck blog posted some scouting reports from a couple of sources at the time he was drafted in 2012. Follow the link for the whole bit…but here’s a taste:
A responsible two-way forward with a high level of compete, Sissons makes an impact at both ends of the rink for the Rockets. The 6’1″, 189-lb center, who also plays right wing, has good skating ability and mobility, and plays a very strong defensive game. With good size and strength, Sissons excels at winning those grinding battles on the boards and in the corners, and can protect the puck well.
Sounds like our kind of guy.
Salomaki is projecting to be another two-way player, who is good in the battles for the puck, and isn’t afraid to work in front of the crease. Here is a highlight package from the youtube.