Rambling about a sleeper pick after the Gallagher injury; Should Jordan Subban get recalled? And more …
Brendan Gallagher is “out indefinitely” after suffering fractures on two of his fingers Sunday. He’ll undergo surgery today. The breaks themselves ‘looked’ pretty bad, but I’m not doctor. At what point can someone shoot a puck reasonably well with two fingers that are healing after surgery? Yes, it’s Gallagher – the type of player who will play through most injuries if possible. But how effective would he be if he returned in, say, two weeks? I’m guessing it will be six weeks before he’s back to normal at the earliest, even if he returns in two.
Gallagher had been on a seven-game points streak and was on pace for 71 points. Here is the shot he blocked:
Brian Flynn subbed in for Gallagher on the power play, while Alex Semin took over at even strength. Semin couldn’t even get a reasonable bump in ice time despite having a top winger on the team out for half the game. He saw just 11 minutes and has just one point in four games since getting back into the lineup.
The Habs had called up 27-year-old Bud Holloway. Maybe now he’ll get into the lineup for his first ever NHL game. Holloway was a fairly high pick (86th overall in 2006) and put up solid WHL and AHL numbers before fleeing to Europe for the big bucks. He rightfully figured his NHL shot was a slim one with Los Angeles, who at the time had several prospects knocking on the door and no place to put them. So Holloway dominated over in Sweden, and again in Switzerland, until he turned 27 and could become an unrestricted free agent by NHL standards. He has 20 points in 18 AHL games, so he’s champing at the bit for this chance. I’ll be interested to see if he not only gets into the lineup but also gets plunked on that line. Hey – if Semin can keep getting chances there, why can’t Holloway?