Islanders Looking for Help on the Blueline

12/08/2009
Washington Capitals v New York Islanders

Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank runs down the Islanders need for a new defenseman in his latest entry.  A few main points from the article:

  • Injuries: Radek Martinek out for the season.  Andy Sutton out at least two more games.
  • Depth: Rookie Andrew MacDonald already plays 12 minutes a game.  Brendan Witt is a team worst minus 15.  Dustin Kohn is the only option to be called up.
  • A few players that Botta thinks would make sense: Aaron Ward, Garnett Exelby, Brent Sopel or Joe Corvo.  Botta prefers Corvo or Ward.

A move could easily be made for all these rumored available defensemen.  As I wrote earlier, I don’t think Carolina is purely in “sell-mode” yet, moving Ward will make the team younger and may even be a bit of addition by subtraction.  Getting rid of a vet not necessarily working out may wake up some other underachieving players.  I still feel Carolina will need a young defenseman coming back or will have to wait for Corvo to return from injury to replace Ward’s minutes.

Interesting to see what will happen on the Island.   They are willing to spend, which is a welcome change to a very promising young team.

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Injury Updates 11/30/2009

11/30/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Washington Capitals

  • Shaone Morrisonn skated but will not play, Karl Alzner play in his place. [In the Room]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Joni Pitkanen will play tonight. [Canes Now]
  • Scott Walker is doubtful for tonight.  Cory LaRose did not practice while Cam Ward practiced with goalie coach Tom Barasso. [Canes Country]

Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers

Buffalo Sabres

  • Paul Gaustad will not play. [Sabres.com]
  • Still awaiting word on the status of Craig Rivet.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Mike Komisarek expected back when the Leafs face the Sabres. [TSN]

Florida Panthers

Atlanta Thrashers

St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Mike Methot out two games with an upper body injury. [Tom Reed]
  • Andrew Murray could return Thursday. [Tom Reed]
  • Derek Dorsett out at least three more games. [Tom Reed]

Dallas Stars

  • No injuries to date.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Patrick Eaves likely out tonight with Kirk Maltby replacing him.  [Mlive.com]
  • Valtteri Filppula should be back on the ice. [Free Press]

Colorado Avalanche

  • T.J. Galiardi questionable, Milan Hejduk out for the night. [All Things Avs]

Tampa Bay Lightning

Calgary Flames

  • Both Cory Sarich and Rene Bourque remain out indefinitely with undisclosed injuries.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Bourque could play Thursday at Phoenix. [Flames Insider]

Nashville Predators

  • No injuries to date.

Around the League

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Daniel Briere still down with the flu, but should be close to 100 percent for Thursday’s game. Simon Gagne could return in three weeks, while Darroll Powe and Blair Betts are out until January.  [Broad Street Bull]

New Jersey Devils

  • Jay Pandolfo and Rob Niedermayer practiced today. [Fire & Ice]
  • Johnny Oduya set to practice with the team tomorrow.  [Tom Gulitti]

Minnesota Wild

  • Martin Havlat and Antti Miettinen practicing with the Wild. [Wild Now]

New York Islanders

Montreal Canadiens

  • Matt D’Agostini and Scott Gomez expected to play tomorrow.  [Habs Inside/Out]

Los Angeles Kings

  • Rob Scuderi questionable while Ryan Smyth took part in a “fairly intensive workout.” [LA Kings Insider]

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