DALY CITY – The San Francisco Bulls are returning to action at the Cow Palace tonight and Head Coach Pat Curcio says NHL help is on the way for next week.
Curcio said the club has reached an agreement with a player who has been a member of the San Jose Sharks for the last three seasons. The player will join the team for Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Eagles. Curcio said the team is planning to make an official announcement on Monday.
“He’s playing,” he said. “He’ll be in the lineup Wednesday.”
Curcio said the NHL player is currently in the process of obtaining a visa.
“I just want to make sure everything goes according to plan before I announce everything,” he said. “He’s flying in on Sunday.”
The Bulls coach did provide a few hints about which player might be joining his roster. He’s a forward, he played with the club for three seasons and he isn’t American (sorry Joe Pavelski fans).
Curcio said assistant coach Ryane Clowe played a key role in lining everything up.
Back in Action: The Bulls are hoping to kick start the second half of the season with a win over the Las Vegas Wranglers tonight. The Wranglers are one of the league’s hottest teams, picking up points in six of their last seven games.
The Bulls (11-17-1-3) are currently tied for eighth place in the Western Conference with the Utah Grizzlies and they trail the Wranglers (12-11-1-3) by two points for sixth.
“The players are putting the onus on themselves to do a little more, work a little harder, pay a little more attention – anything it takes to make us a better hockey club,” Curcio said.
The Wrangers won the only meeting between the clubs this season, a 6-5 overtime thriller on Nov. 29.
More Roster News: The Bulls received some good and bad roster news over the holiday break. The blue line will be bolstered by the return of Scott Langdon and Sacha Guimond, but forward Marek Viedensky has been put on injured reserve for 21 days with a knee injury.
Guimond is rejoining the team next week after deciding to stick with professional hockey for time being. Guimond had until Christmas to accept a college scholarship offer from his junior hockey team and he left the Bulls on Dec. 18 to make the decision with his family.
“His family advisors told him you have an opportunity to be an NHL player,” Curcio said. “It’s a big decision to make when it comes to your school package, but an NHL deal will nullify any of that.”
Guimond is tied with Denny Urban of the Reading Royals for most points (25) scored by an ECHL defenseman this season. He also leads the team with 18 power play points (five goals, 13 assists).
Langdon is returning to the lineup tonight after missing three games with a concussion. He leads the team in the play / minus department with a +8.
The defense with benefit from Langdon and Guimond’s return, but the Bulls will miss Viedensky’s play-making skills. Viedensky injured his knee on a mid-ice collision in the third period of the Bulls Dec.21 against the Ontario Reign. In 16 games with the club, he’s scored 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) and his presence has ignited line-mate Peter Sivak.
“It’s unfortunate that we lost a player who’s made a big difference for us in the lineup,” Curcio said.