No I did not create a new holiday…I’m not that powerful.
Technically yesterday, Clear Day is when every AHL team submits to the league a list of 22 players (20 skaters and 2 goalies) that would be the team’s “final” roster for the remainder of the regular season and into the Calder Cup playoffs. Any player that was listed on the roster at the NHL trade deadline last Monday was eligible to be included. Here is Albany’s official Clear Day roster:
Goalies: Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid
Defense: Matt Corrente, Eric Gelinas, Peter Harrold, Dan Kelly, Jay Leach, Matt Taormina, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt Anderson, Stephen Gionta, Mike Hoeffel, Brad Mills, Nathan Perkovich, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Joe Whitney, Chad Wiseman, Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski, Vladimir Zharkov
The rest of the roster would be considered as “in residence” and would fill in if a player on this list is either injured, called up, or suspended. In this case, you have at least 2 defensemen out because of those conditions: Leach is out long term and Taormina is up in New Jersey. So someone like Brandon Burlon, who is not on the list, can still get in the lineup. With 3 forwards still out, Kory Nagy and J.S. Berube can still play as well.
Also something to think about: we’re getting close to the amateur tryout season. Any college/junior player that Albany signs during the rest of the regular season can also be eligible to play. Tom from In Lou We Trust has some candidates listed here as part of his weekly prospect update. (And yes, I am officially on Kelly Zajac ATO Watch.)
You can find the full list of Clear Day rosters here.