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Taylor called up to Syracuse; Hartung released

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators' roster continues to ebb and flow.

Goaltender Dan Taylor was recalled by AHL affiliate Syracuse on Wednesday.

Forward Tim Hartung was also released to make room for incoming assignments from AHL Chicago.

"That was a tough one," Gladiators' head coach Jeff Pyle said. "I really, really liked the kid. He can play in this league, but I've got two more guys coming down."

The Atlanta Thrashers sent wingers Matt Siddall and Mike Forney to Gwinnett, and though they were still en route on Wednesday, Pyle had to make space.

If Hartung clears waivers - and Pyle thinks he might since there's such an abundance of players right now - he could be back with the Gladiators.

Tim Miller, on assignment from AHL Syracuse, arrived in town and was at practice Wednesday.

Pyle also added area goalie Jon Horrell to back up Josh Johnson for the season-opener Saturday at the Arena at

Gwinnett Center. Horrell played in the Central Hockey League the last three seasons after attending college at Bowling Green.

Pyle said he asked AHL Chicago about getting one of its three goalies assigned while Taylor is gone, but it seems Peter Mannino is suffering from the same flu that felled one of Syracuse's netminders.

Taylor returns to the Crunch after being assigned to Gwinnett on Oct. 5. He appeared in one preseason game with the Gladiators, allowing six goals on 41 shots against Florida.

Taylor was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He has appeared in 38 AHL games since the 2006-07 season, compiling a 20-9-4 record with a 2.50 goals against average, .909 save percentage and four shutouts. He appeared in one NHL game with the Kings in 2008.

SideBar: Season Opener

Who: Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Wheeling Nailers

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Arena at Gwinnett Center

Coming Friday: A preview of the Gwinnett Gladiators' seventh season, which opens Saturday at home against Wheeling. The Gladiators are back with the kind of speed and skill that brought the ECHL franchise its greatest past success.