The day we never have to use the term “abundance of caution” is a day that we can all celebrate. I’ve been in marketing now going on over a decade and have to hand it to the person who came up with New Normal, Abundance of Caution, Wait Two Weeks and the like. It sticks in your head like Tag Team singing Scoop There It Is on a Geico commercial.

We may as well talk ice cream, because the Condors now have 10 days off between games due to an abundance of caution. But, we’ll throw caution to the wind and come up with something to chat about today, because as I’ll remind you, it’s my blog (shoutout Grapevine MSP) and I’ll do what I want.

Now for the blog…

This blog should be coming to you LIVE from San Jose, but it’s not due to COVID-19 protocols affecting the Barracuda/Sharks. The team had actually just practiced and was filing back into the arena from lunch to get on the bus when we got an e-mail saying the game was off tonight. Bright side, we didn’t end up in Atwater and have to turn around. Will the game be made up? Possibly, though I find it extremely hard to figure out where on the schedule it’s getting placed. Especially with San Jose having three against Tucson and two against Texas which were previously postponed.

There was transaction news this week as the Condors lost Theodor Lennstrom to the Oilers Taxi Squad and the Florida Panthers reassigned third round draft pick Max Gildon to Bakersfield. Yes, you read that right.

“Holty, we’re affiliated with the Panthers?”

The answer to that is no. However, Florida’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte opted out this season. Florida is splitting an affiliation with Tampa Bay in Syracuse, but naturally that creates way too many bodies. Plus, the Condors only have six d-men. The rookie should be good to go next week and will wear #38. He had a terrific career at the University of New Hampshire.

Also funny how life comes full circle. The Sports Information Director at UNH is Jim Wrobel who was actually my first “boss” at Holy Cross. I use boss lightly because I was just a student running around with a Flip Cam (remember those?!). Pretty sure it was the first-ever work related e-mail exchange we’ve ever had.

LIVE on 23ABC returns next Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m. for the first of three March TV games against the Ontario Reign. Apologies for the video “jumpiness” during the first period Saturday. To put technical items in “laymen’s” terms … the entire video system in the arena took a nose dive about an hour before puck drop. Credit to tech guru John Lees in the building for getting us up and running. We should be good to go on AHLTV and 23ABC with full production moving forward…

…but these are unprecedented times!

It is a shame that the Condors have this time off now, because they picked up two impressive wins over the weekend. That included Saturday’s shut out of Henderson. Credit to Vinny Desharnais who has three assists, is +2, and leads the team in PIMs. For a player who did not see much AHL action last year, he’s earned a good sized role on this team and is taking the opportunity. The Condors are top 3 in shots for and against showing that they are the ones dictating play more often than not. When you possess the puck the way this team does, it’s hard not to see this team being successful moving forward.

Alright that’s all I have. Might as well golf. Oh ….


(Now get the song out of your head – you’re welcome)

Until next time Condorstown…

Ryan Holt aka Holty is the Voice of the Condors in his 10th season. Today is the two-year anniversary of the Condors winning 17 in a row. That was a fun time. Follow him on Twitter @CondorsHolty for more nonsense or shoot him an e-mail rholt@bakersfieldcondors.com with questions, comments, or blog ideas.