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Another new face for Rats

Add another name to the River Rats expanding roster. For any of you scoring at home, you better switch to a pencil, if you haven't already.

Defenseman John Adams will join the team from the ECHL's Texas Wildcatters, where he had five goals, 11 assists 53 penalty minutes and a team-high plus-26 rating in 48 games this season.

A 6-foot-2, 193-pound Minnesota native, Adams was drafted by Buffalo in 2002 and played four years at Boston College. He has previous AHL experience, with 30 combined games for Springfield, Grand Rapids, Cleveland (2005-06), Springfield again in 2006-07, and one game for Houston earlier this season.

Earlier today, the Rats brought in defenseman Steve Ward and forward Chris Blight, and exchanged goalie Kevin Nastiuk for Florida's Justin Peters.

Should they all dress, it would bring the total to 41 skaters and five goaltenders used by Albany this season, nearly as many as all of last year, when the team was fed by two NHL organizations.

Not sure how long any of the new guys will be around, but let's hope the newest guy makes it to Monday. Think of it: John Adams .... playing in Philadelphia .... on President's Day. All that would be missing is Nicolas Cage digging in the Spectrum ice for clues to a vast, mysterious hidden treasure.

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