Breaking news – finally…I’m BACK! – Dobber
Simon Gagne will be out 6-8 weeks after electing to undergo surgery to repair his two hernias.
Although the Blues have been struggling, their two young defenseman haven’t. Glowing reviews of both EJ and Pietrangelo here.
Shea Weber is out 1-2 weeks with a foot injury.
The Canucks have signed Matt Pettinger (or are very close to doing so). He has been playing with the Manitoba Moose in the meantime.
Jan Hejda is slated to return to the lineup this Wednesday. His stability and defensive play is something the Jackets desperately need right now, as they can’t seem to hold any sort of lead.
Shea Weber didn’t practice today after injurying his leg on Saturday night. I am not sure if it is serious enough to keep him out of game action at this point. Still, keep this tidbit on your radar and I’ll update when I can.
Briere is hoping to skate tomorrow, and his lower-body injury is apparently unrelated to the groin/abdominal issues he suffered from last season.
Look for David Laliberte (who had two points on Saturday night) to stick around with the Flyers while they deal with the injuries up front. Laliberte is a former 4th round pick of the Flyers who had 28 goals for the Phantoms last season (and 50 in his final season in the QMJHL).
Sticking with the Flyers, Ryan Parent is out for at least a week with a groin pull, and Simon Gagne still has yet to receive any clarification for how to treat his two hernias.
Alexandre Giroux has shown why he is a classic “tweener” player (too good for the AHL, not good enough for the NHL). His shot and offensive awareness is negated at the NHL level because of his lack of mobility and poor defensive play.
The bad news keeps coming for the Hurricanes – Eric Staal is out with an upper body injury. That team needs a spark, but losing its best forward probably wasn’t what they had in mind…
Roberto Luongo still hasn’t skated after suffering a rib injury last week. He’ll probably travel with the team at the end of the week but there is no firm return date yet. Expect Raycroft to continue to start.
Per Darren Dreger, Kessel should be cleared to play tomorrow. I am not sure how well he is going to produice off the hop, but he will see ample PP time and the Leafs do have some talent on that first unit (most notably Tomas Kaberle).
As per a request below – a brief analysis on the Washington situation. As Dobber has posted before, Bruce Boudreau loves Tomas Fleischmann. He will see consistent top six minutes, and that probably hurts Laich (although he had two goals yesterday) in the long run. Ovechkin’s injury opens up a spot up front… but I’d say the top six will be some combination of Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin and Fleischmann-Morrison-Knuble. I am not sure how this impacts Laich’s value, because he plays a game (gritty and a strong net presence) that none of those guys do (save for Knuble maybe).