Ramblings: Updates on Mantha and Demko; Kravtsov to return; Christmas wish list – December 13

Michael Clifford



 Anthony Mantha was back skating after Detroit's skate on Thursday. Not that it means his return is imminent, but they did say he’s getting closer to returning from his knee injury. Hopefully he can make it back for a game or two before the holiday break. 


It looks like Vitali Kravtsov is heading to the Rangers, per Russian media. The assumption is that he will be heading to the AHL so don’t be running out to the waiver wire just yet.  


Darren Dreger is reporting that Zach Bogosian is requesting a trade from the Sabres.

This is where I go into a mini-tirade about just how poorly managed the Sabres assets have been. They have eight (!) NHL-calibre defencemen that are in the rotation, and nine if you count Lawrence Pilut (mileage may vary here). All the while, this team sucks offensively outside the top line and whatever Jeff Skinner can manage to create on his own on the second line. If only there was a way for teams to exchange players from positions of strength to address a roster weakness. Ah well. Maybe someday.

Buffalo’s top line, and Jack Eichel specifically, keep doing their thing as the Sabres took a 4-3 win from the Predators. Eichel had a pair of goals, giving him 15 tallies in his last 17 games. The thing is, his shooting percentage is under 25 percent in those games. That’s high, but it’s not unbelievably absurd like some hot streaks. That’s just a lot of shot volume.


Thatcher Demko is out