Injury Updates 01/07/2010

01/07/2010
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 7, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vaclav Prospal remains out.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen and Mark Popovic still out.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Cam Barker still out of the lineup. [Blackhawks]
  • Adam Burish and Dave Bolland still out.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic to return Saturday. [Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference out six weeks. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza still out.

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Injury Updates 01/05/2010

01/05/2010
Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

Here are your NHL injury updates for today, January 5, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

Florida Panthers

  • Dmitry Kulikov, David Booth and Kenndal McArdle still out.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Carl Gunnarson expected back in 7-10 days.  [Jonas Siegel]
  • Olympian Mike Komisarek set to miss the next two games. [James Mirtle]
  • John Mitchell returns tonight. [Leafs Twitter]
  • Mike Van Ryn out for the season.

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Looking for a Defenseman?

12/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

As we approach the midway point of the 2009-10 season in the National Hockey League, many questions remain unanswered.

Which teams are serious about playoff contention?  Who needs a massive upgrade to make the push from a bubble team?  Which team should sell off the year and attempt a mini-rebuild?

Those are some thoughts circulating the League as we take a look at the state of all teams around the NHL.  Now, when perusing through certain rosters some names that could bring in returns which would benefit a team in need of depth.

Today, we look at the defensemen around the NHL likely to be moved by the March 3rd, 2010 trade deadline. As a side note, be sure to tune into “The Hockey Guys” on deadline day as there will be an all day live event with a live chat room for discussion on all the rumors and news as it breaks in the NHL.

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Injury Updates 12/12/2009

12/12/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings Game One

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Anaheim Ducks

  • Teemu Selanne and Ryan Carter remain out.  No morning skate due to back-to-back games so we will have to wait to see the status of winger Joffrey Lupul.  Carter may return next week.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Fredrik Modin makes his season debut. [Puck-rakers]
  • Rostislav Klesla remains sidelined with a torn groin/abdomen.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • No lineup changes. [Canes Country]
  • That means no Eric Cole, Chad LaRose, Joe Corvo or Niclas Wallin.

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Injury Updates 12/10/2009

12/10/2009
St Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penquins

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson expected back early next week. [James Mirtle]

Boston Bruins

  • Dennis Wideman skated today, likely to return. [John Bishop]
  • No update on Milan Lucic meaning he will not be playing.

Ottawa Senators

  • Alexandre Picard not ready to play. [James Gordon]
  • Chris Neil, Pascal Leclaire and Shean Donovan remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery out six weeks. [Flyers TV]
  • Simon Gagne, Blair Betts and Darroll Powe remain out.

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Trade Rumors: Whole Lot of Nothing in Columbus

12/01/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote that the Blue Jackets were looking to move a wing for a defenseman if there is a “right fit”.  Clearly the injury to Rostislav Klesla (right) appears scary as the defender ranks third on the team in TOI, averaging a little over 20 minutes a game.  This injury comes with Marc Methot already out, a 24-year-old defenseman who averages over 19 minutes a game.  Needless to say, GM Scott Howson needs to make a move soon or his team could fall out of the race. Although they appear to want to improve from within, I think they will be forced to trade a younger asset.

The options at wing are: Jared Boll, Michael Blunden, Alexandre Picard, Jacub Voracek, Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and/or Antoine Vermette and RJ Umberger. Looking at this list, I am pretty sure Nash, Voracek, Huselius, Vermette and Umberger are not getting moved while Blunden and Picard probably would not fetch much.  If Derek Dorsett is healthy, he could make Boll expendable.  Another option is Nikita Filatov.

Quick to rebut, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says Howson has not talked to a single GM and is not actively pursuing a trade. Portzline makes it abundantly clear that a trade is not brewing right now.  Most trade talk starts around February but with the Olympics who knows how things will play out.

What are your thoughts? Who do you see being moved?

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Keeper Watch: A Deeper Look at Kids with Impact

11/25/2009
Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

D – Jonathan Ericsson / Derek Meech, Detroit Red Wings – Although Brad Stuart is the first to get a start in place of Niklas Kronwall, there has been mention of both of these defensemen getting a chance.  Ericsson showed a lot of promise during last season’s playoffs so he certainly is on the radar while the coaching staff feels Meech has some untapped potential.

Prognosis: Watch the situation closely and see how this situation plays itself out.

D – Alexandre Picard, Ottawa Senators – The 24-year-old defenseman is on a tear, scoring five points in the last four games.  Seeing healthy time on the Senators second powerplay unit accounts for three of these points.  Picard is an excellent post-hype sleeper who plays a solid point.

Prognosis: Grab the kid and stream him while he is hot.  If he gets a bump onto the first unit his value should climb.

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