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The roster keeps growing

This and that from training camp:

A new player, forward Henri St. Arnault, is in town and should sign with the Thunder tomorrow. He had 51 points in 59 games for the junior Chilliwack Chiefs in British Columbia. "He's got some speed, some skill," Thunder coach Brent Bilodeau said.

The Thunder announced the signing of defenseman Jim Jorgensen on Thursday. He has played in 73 pro games, all in the East Coast Hockey League, and is plus-7.

Bilodeau will suit up 20 players for the exhibition games Friday and Saturday.

The status of goalie Tim Boron is uncertain for the exhibition games. He continues to battle illness.

In tomorrow's paper, I have an update on Mike Batovanja, who is coming off ACL and MCL tears in his right knee. The fiery forward says he still isn't 100 percent but feels like he is getting stronger. Batovanja has always been a fan favorite, primarily because of his work ethic and intensity. He plays bigger than his 5-7 frame. And he’s active in the community, too. I don't know if Batovanja will make the team this year – it's not a given – but he's a guy most Thunder fans will certainly be rooting for.