Early this morning, Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman believed the I's would be dotted and the T's crossed in regard to signing a new goaltender for the team.
“If you hear from me by 5 p.m., it's a done deal,” Hillman said following a morning practice session at the Independence Events Center. “If not, we probably won't have everything done until Wednesday.”
Backup goalie Joe Howe left the Mavericks to join the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League, but Missouri isn't pushing any panic buttons.
“We should have someone in soon, possibly a day or two,” Hillman said, “and if we don't, we sign an emergency goalie for this weekend. We have all the confidence in the world in Shane (Owen).
“He'll be in the net Friday against St. Charles, and we'll have someone on the bench backing him up.”
• In other Mavericks news, defenseman Henrik Odegaard, is on personal leave this week as he participates in training camp for the 2014 Norwegian Olympic team.
Though unsure if he will make the final roster and compete in the fast-approaching Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he's receiving the support of his coach and teammates.
“We are so pleased to have Henrik under our guidance on assignment from the Chicago Wolves,” Hillman said. “We are very excited and in support of his quest to represent Norway, the Wolves and the Missouri Mavericks at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
“Just think, if he makes the team, he will be representing his country, the Mavericks, the Wolves, our great fans – and he will be playing against the best of the best in the world. He could be on the ice against (Canada’s Sidney) Crosby and Ovi (Russia’s Alexander Ovechkin).
“We knew this was a possibility all season, and it's something we're so proud of. We really hope he makes it.”
The Asker, Norway, native has been a solid contributor to the Mavericks through 21 games. He has two assists and boasts a plus-7 plus/minus rating so far this season.
• The Mavericks will host Star Wars Night at 7:05 p.m. Friday when the cross-state rival St. Charles Chill visit the Events Center.
Over 20 costumed characters will be walking around the concourse for fans to interact with and take pictures. Fans are invited to join in the fun and dress as their favorite Star Wars character. Fans who wear anything Star Wars-themed to the box office will receive $5 off the price of their ticket.