Ramblings: Jake Gardiner Injury; Blues/Devils Updates; Granlund-Fiala Trade – February 28

Michael Clifford



Jake Gardiner missed Wednesday night’s game with back problems and is considered week-to-week right now. Igor Ozhiganov drew into the lineup.

As a small aside: one injury to one of their Big Four of Gardiner/Rielly/Muzzin/Dermott leads to the Leafs trotting out Hainsey/Zaitsev/Ozhiganov on the right side of their defence. It shows the fragility of the blue line. If a centre gets hurt, they can move William Nylander to the middle. If a winger gets hurt, they’re so deep they had Andreas Johnsson on the fourth line for big chunks of the year. If one of their left-shooting defencemen get hurt, well, you see the result.


There was a laundry list of New Jersey Devils injury updates:




We can also add to the laundry list of injuries for the Penguins:



Both are expected to be out long-term, though whether that’s four weeks or four months, we don’t know as we are waiting for a more clear timeline.


The Coyotes extended Conor Garland for a couple years with an AAV of $750K. For those with him in cap leagues, he’ll continue to be a great bargain for the foreseeable future.


Boston called up Peter Cehlarik and K