I know this is a day behind, but for some strange reason we could not log in at the office to the Herald site to post blogs and do other inter office work. So, here I am with the trusty laptop that will allow me access the the brain of the McClatchy organization.
First off, Mackenzie Royer, who suffered a concussion Sept. 30 against Portland, skated in practice Monday, but on Tuesday, he was sent home to Spruce Grove, Alberta, to further recuperate. He has been removed from the team's roster.
"He suffered a setback after practice," Tri-City general manager Bob Tory said. "He had headaches and we can't clear him medically to play. Once he got his heart rate elevated and got going he was OK. Once he stopped, the headaches came back. It's like starting all over again from when it happened.
"We have to do what's right for him. We can't put him in a high-risk situation."
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With 14 forwards, the Americans won't be bringing in any additional players.
Also, forward Nate MacMaster suffered lower body injury against Spokane last Saturday and was held out of Wednesday's 5-4 in over Kootenay.
"It's a minor injury," Tory said. "He skated pregame Wednesday and he could have played, but we were being cautious. We'll see if he can go Friday or Saturday. If not, we have a week until we play again."
Americans radio man Craig West will call his 1,000th game with the Americans on Saturday in Lethbridge.
The Americans remained in third place in the CHL poll this week after a convincing road win over Spokane.
This week's poll:
1, London Knights (15-2-0-1)
2, Saint John Sea Dogs (16-6-0-0)
3, Tri-City Americans (12-5-0-0)
4, Victoriaville Tigres (16-6-0-1)
5, Sarnia Sting (12-2-1-3)
6, Kootenay Ice (12-3-1-2)
7, Quebec Remparts (14-4-2-1)
8, Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (10-5-1-2)
9, Medicine Hat Tigers (14-5-1-0)
10, Shawinigan Cataractes (14-6-1-2)
The Kamloops Blazers are on the honorable mention list
The NHL scouts aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the Americans. Nate Seager of Yahoo! Sports, has the Americans listed No. 2 in his BTN Dynamic Dozen. Check it out here.
In the WHL dog house: Everett's Lucas Grayson, who got four games for a charging major and a game misconduct for a hit on Spokane's Dominik Uher on Sunday. Uher is listed as out for the next two weeks.
Since the start of the regular season, the WHL has handed out 78 games of suspension. The league is just one quarter of the way into the season.
Speaking of Everett, overage forward Tyler Maxwell was released after asking for a trade. Nick Patterson has that saga here.