Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bridgeport signs Trevor Gillies

Former River Rats' enforcer Trevor Gillies has been signed by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on a one-way AHL contract. Gillies was recently released from training camp with the Rochester Americans. He must pass a physical to complete the deal. The Sound Tigers' website has the story

Update: Gillies passed his physical and is now officially a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Dansbury News-Times has the story

Gillies chose to sign with Bridgeport instead of Rochester because the Amerks have too many veterans. The AHL, being a development league, allows each team to dress only six veteran skaters per game. A veteran is any player with more than 260 games of experience in the AHL, NHL, IHL and Europe. Each team is allowed a seventh vet, as long as that skater has played in 320 games or less. 

Gillies has 327 contests under his belt and Rochester already has six vets. He didn't want to sit because of a technicality. 

For those wondering, the River Rats have only two veterans on the current roster, Pat Dwyer and Steven Goertzen. Jay Harrison and Michael Ryan, who are currently in Carolina, are also considered vets.