Chatterbox, Vol. 164

(Photo Credit: Shane Abbitt // Iowa Wild)
(Photo Credit: Shane Abbitt)

This morning I went to get a heads up on how the Milwaukee Admirals are doing ahead of their first game of 2017. It’s still rather crazy to think that tomorrow night will mark the first appearance of the Rockford IceHogs to Milwaukee this season. Given how often it feels the Admirals have been playing the Chicago Wolves lately expect to feel a lot of that going forward with the IceHogs in the second half.

There were some notes to be made for today:

Reid Boucher was claimed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. That’s the organization that Boucher had been part of before the Nashville Predators plucked him off of waivers in early-December.

Harry Zolnierczyk has been recalled by the Predators from the Admirals. It’s likely that he will be more of an option than someone who is getting swiftly injected to the Predators lineup immediately. With that in mind, it kind of makes you wonder why Boucher was put on waivers in the first place if an extra body was needed topside.

Cody Bass won’t be available to the Admirals for “any time soon” is the update on his lower-body injury from head coach Dean Evason. He had an MRI recently. It isn’t clear as of yet the extent of his injury and just how long he will in fact be gone due to that injury. It’s possible that tomorrow night, with no Bass or Zolnierczyk, that the team rolls with seven-defensemen and rotates a forward for the time being.

After practice I spoke with Evason as well as Adam Pardy and Max Görtz to get their thoughts on the past month of work and tomorrow night’s game against the IceHogs. This is what they had to say:

Thoughts on today’s news? Are you as confused by the Boucher/Zolnierczyk situation as me? What should the Admirals do for tomorrow night’s game given the forward group right now?

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