The Caps picked up some speed and checking in Jason Chimera and sent Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to the Blue Jackets. The deal opens up a spot for Alzner to be on the team full time. The Jackets, meanwhile, will benefit from Clark’s stabalizing presence and the depth offered by Jurcina. Good deal all around, though not the crazy deal us fanatics were hoping for. The Caps save $2.4 million in cap space with the deal – prepping for a big trade deadline?
Vinny Prospal underwent knee surgery and will be out 10-20 days. I’m sure the Rangers will recall Parenteau, though I’d like to think that it would be Grachev, since they didn’t let him go to the WJC.
Brian Gionta will be back in the MTL lineup tonight. It will be interesting to see if AK’s role will be decreased or if they’ll keep playing him and he keeps rolling.
Twitter is all abuzz with a potential Caps-Jackets trade. Names like Filatov, Alzner, Jurcina, Torres, Chimera, Morrisson have all surfaced. This is just banter, but it’s banter from the likes of McKenzie, Freidman, Portzline, Pagnotta, JP, etc.
David Clarkson was activated from IR by the Devils and he will be in the lineup tonight. He is still a reasonable bet for 45 points and 120 PIM, despite missing 13 games.
Derek Morris was eased back into the Boston lineup last night, seeing just under 18 minutes of ice time and just a minute on the PP. Wideman was still up around 23 minutes. Perhaps Wideman played well enough in Morris’ absence to take his role back, but I wouldn’t count on that. Look for Wideman to slip back down into his rut over the next couple of games.
Nick Tarnasky got into his first game of the season for Florida and it gave DeBoer the wiggle room to scratch Rusty Olesz, who has the flu. Olesz followed up on a three-point game with three consecutive pointless games.
Some interesting quotes reported by Tarik El Bashir from Brooks Laich, who has one goal in his last 17 games: “To be honest, I’m playing like [crap],” said Laich, who has spent the past three games at center rather than left wing, the position he’s played most often over the past two seasons. “I’m just not doing the things I usually do. The chances aren’t coming. I’m trying to work through it, but sometimes it goes like this. Personally, my job is to produce goals and points and I haven’t done it. It’s not good enough to just work hard. I have to be better.” Boudreau said he talked to Laich again this morning about relaxing. Laich takes losses and poor performances harder than just about anyone on the team (other than Mike Green).
Michal Neuvirth has won three straight starts and has posted a 1.67 and 0.946 in that span. All three goalies are being considered to start. They really don’t need Theodore, it’s never been more true than it is now.
Chuck Kobasew’s knee injury is not looking promising. Michael Russo says that he will have an MRI today, but look for an extended absence from the lineup.
Petr Sykora can take contact in practice now and he travelled with the team to LA. Sykora has been out for nearly two months with a concussion.
The Pens scratched Tyler Kennedy last night, after he went 12 games without a point.
Goligoski’s assist last night was just his second point in eight games since returning from injury.
Letang has just two points in 12 games.
Am I seeing things