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Blog: Turple's arrival quickly executed

Goaltender Dan Turple is scheduled to get to Atlanta's airport just in time to hop the Gladiators' bus to Mississippi a little after midnight. It was a quickly and fairly smoothly executed plan I witnessed in coach Jeff Pyle's office this afternoon.

Jeff had a phone to each ear. On one, he was finalizing the flight details with a travel agent. On the other, he was telling Turps to pack his gear and get to the airport in Salt Lake City ASAP.

Turple, who played the last two seasons in Gwinnett as an Atlanta Thrashers' prospect, had been sent from AHL Chicago to ECHL Utah in January. But he'd only played two games for Utah - both shootout losses - and the Grizzlies had a third goalie assigned to them.

With Joe Fallon called up to AHL Rockford, the Gladiators were in need of another netminder.

I got to Jeff's office after watching practice at the Ice Forum and he was trying to work out a way for Turple to get here in time for the team's road trip to Biloxi. It all came together and Turps was suddenly on his way from Utah to Atlanta with a layover in Chicago to pick up some more of his stuff.

"It's just nice to have another guy you know you can count on," Pyle said.