Just talked to David Franke.
On Jimmy Bonneau: ``I talked with him earlier in the summer, but he was pretty confident he was going to get an AHL deal. If he doesn't, I'm sure I'll hear from him.''
On Dustin Molle: ``We've talked to him. Al talked to him last week, but he still hasn't sent his contract in. Maybe Dustin is waiting to see where his brother goes.''
On Simon Mangos: ``We're still talking, and we're getting closer, but we don't have his paperwork done or anything. I'd say there's still a good chance we can get him on board. He had some shoulder surgery, but he's fine. All it was was to kind of tighten the shoulder up.''
On Artem Podshendyalov: ``We're working in that direction now. I'm working with him on a contract, and also checking out what we have to do with his immigration. I would expect sometime here that we'll get him back on board.''
On the schedule: ``They are just working on a few changes on it. I think it will be this week, but I don't know when.''
On everything else: ``There are certain players we're going after and certain players we may have to wait a little longer because of the possibility of their going to Europe. Hopefully by the end of this week or early next week we'll have a few more names to jump on board. We're just being very deliberate. We have a lot of things going on that we can't pull the trigger on until we know exactly what going on with some other things. One thing has to fall into place before I can take action on another thing.
``It's like a puzzle, but I think we're all right. We're close to doing a lot of things.''