“I am just waiting for an opportunity to present itself,” goalie Joe Howe said on Wednesday.
It doesn’t matter if you are one of the six free agents or a draft pick like wing Scott Winkler.
He was drafted five years ago by a management team that no longer heads the Dallas organization.
“Five years is a long time ago,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “I have not heard much so far. I would love to play anywhere.”
The 1 p.m. MT April 3 trade deadline is a factor because organizations are not sure what their depth will be at the ECHL and AHL level; where the seven Tigers may get their start.
A good example is the Jarome Iginla trade that sent St. Cloud State forward Ben Hanowski and Yale’s Kenny Agostin into Calgary’s talent pool from the Penguins organization. Expect other moves that will shift draft pocks around, affecting available roster spots at the minor league level.
Once the North American possibilities become clear, some Tigers will consider going overseas to play. European league pay can be better than ECHL salaries and has other perks for a single guy who can share an apartment with several teammates.
“I want to stay here but I would consider overseas if the situation is right,” center Rylan Schwartz said. Schwartz leads Division I with 53 points (20 goals) and is getting some feelers already.
Ultimately, the seniors, which also includeswing William Rapuzzi, need to be patient and be ready to move the moment the ink is dry.
“Right now, we are all just waiting by the phone,” defenseman Mike Boivin said. “Once it happens we will be ready to go.”
Wing Andrew Hamburg and defenseman Joe Marciano were the first to sign. Both made their ECHL debuts Wednesday night.
Marciano made two shots for Orlando while Hamburg played for the San Francisco Bulls. Neither recorded a point.