Time will tell whether the new Quad-City Mallards can shatter any old Mallards records.

One practice into their re-existence, however, one Mallard did shatter a pane of dasherboard plexiglass behind the west-end goal at the i wireless Center.

"Oh oh," coach Frank Anzalone said when so informed. "That's a bill."

Maybe not.

Scott Mullen - the iwC executive director who tirelessly worked to bring hockey back to his building after the American Hockey League Flames folded after two seasons last spring - was postively excited to point out that one of the new International Hockey League Ducks owns so powerful a shot.

"I don't think we've had that happen before," he said of the damaged glass.

So this much we know about our new crew after one day of a double dose of Monday practices: Keep off the glass.

"Some of the guys really shoot the puck well," Anzalone said. "Not accurate, but hard. Really hard."

Anzalone picked up a few other nuggets from opening day, as well.

"It was real good," he said after a morning session that preceded an afternoon scrimmage. "The listening was good, the skating wasn't bad, (and) the passing was actually very good."

So was the pace. The team handled all the planned drills so well, in fact, that Anzalone actually added a little work on the forecheck and midzone check and still concluded the first practice 20 minutes ahead of schedule.

Veteran forward Chris Lipsett said that's a credit to the conditioning all 30 Mallards hopefuls put in over the summer.

"The days of doing nothing and showing up for training camp are long gone," said the 14th-year pro, who played two ECHL seasons under Anzalone a decade ago. "I'm excited. The team looked real good so far."

That's not all that looked good to the assembled group of 30 hockey players, all but two who are new to the area.

"This arena is amazing," said Jacques Perreault, a rookie defenseman from Michigan. "It looks like a great place to play. And the team is great. I met a lot of nice guys and everybody seems to get along. With chemistry comes a lot of expectations we can win."

Lipsett suggested those expectations should be tempered until that chemistry is fully established on a first-year expansion team.

"It's all about coming together," he said. "It's about getting to know each other, getting some chemistry on the lines and sticking to the system."

The Mallards did replace one defenseman with another Monday, signing third-year blueliner Luciano Lomanno and letting loose of Ryan Card.

Anzalone said he might keep all 30 players around through a pair of weekend exhibitions before attempting to trim the roster to a season-starting 20.

"We're hoping to keep 20 under the cap, that's our goal," he said. "If I can't because some super player comes along that needs to be paid a little more, then we'll go with 19 and 19 will play."

The Mallards open the season Oct. 17 in Flint, Mich.