Today's Waiver Fodder

12/28/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

Although these are not the type of moves expected following the holiday roster freeze, two GMs made some minor roster decisions today.  The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Kyle Calder on waivers while the Nasville Predators did the same with Dave Scatchard.

Calder skated to the left of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on the top line however he turned in a sub-par performance.  The 32-year-old Calder produced only two assists in 14 games for the Ducks while posting a minus-seven rating.

Scatchard going on waiver may be a surprise to some  but with the recent callup and play of rookie Nick Spaling, the veteran became redundant.  This move also frees up cap space for the team, albeit not a lot but every dollar counts in this economy.

In 16 games, Scatchard posted five points and a plus-three.  The 33-year-old  averaged a little under 11 minutes of ice time per game.

It makes one ponder what is in store down the line considering both GMs essentially freed up roster spots. Will it be the kids getting the call ups or will these moves precede trade dominos beginning to fall?

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Hungry Preds Avoid Injury Bug

12/18/2009
Nashville Predators v Colorado Avalanche

So far in this season of the National Hockey League, injuries have been a plenty. Across the board every NHL team featured a substantial injury or two.

However, there has been one team able to avoid the issue of a long term injury to a key player or players.  That team is the Nashville Predators.

Aside from the team being one of the hottest teams in hockey as of late, they have been gifted by the hockey gods. Up to today, the Predators lost a total of 60 man-games due to injury or illness, one of the lowest number of man-games lost in the entire league.

The list:

Jason Arnott – Missed from October 21st to October 31st

Wade Belak – Missed from November 14th to November 19th

J.P. Dumont – Missed from October 8th to October 14th and then missed November 5th to November 10th.

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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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Injury Updates 12/04/2009

12/04/2009
Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks

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

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Mattias Ohlund and Ryan Malone expected to play tonight. [Erik Erlendsson]

New Jersey Devils

  • Johnny Oduya expected back in the lineup tomorrow. [Fire & Ice]

Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild

  • Petr Sykora, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns all worked out but are not skating with the team. [Russo’s Rants]

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