Grizzlies Adjust As Roster Changes

By Maggie Thach
The Salt Lake Tribune

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies’ roster has been in flux all season. Players have been shuffled back and forth between the Grizzlies and the team’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In fact, four Utah players accomplished the ultimate goal this year by reaching the NHL.

While the coaching staff knows that’s the primary function of Double-A hockey — getting players to the next level — it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with a jumbled roster every time someone gets called up.

Even as the Grizzlies prepare for the postseason, which starts today in Anchorage against the Alaska Aces, the team hasn’t experienced much stability.

There have been changes to the roster even as recently as Monday, when Ryan Kinasewich rejoined the team after being with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters and Hamilton Bulldogs for the past two months. Forward Bo Cheesman was also added to the roster on Monday.

“When you have guys go up, you have to re-route your game plan,” Utah coach Kevin Colley said. “At this time of year, new guys come in and we see how fast we can stay together. I thought the guys did a good job last Saturday. We’re just looking to stay together and carry the momentum.”

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