Injury Updates 12/27/2009

12/27/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

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

Boston Bruins

  • Both Milan Lucic and Derek Morris practiced with the team, no word if they are playing today. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart on IR.
  • Morris likely in tonight. [Boston Globe]

Florida Panthers

  • Nick Tarnasky and Kamil Kreps back in tonight.  Cory Stillman expected back Thursday.  [Steve Goldstein]
  • Dmitry Kulikov, David Booth and Kenndal McArdle remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery and Ryan Parent expected to miss tonight’s game.
  • No word as of yet on Brian Boucher but he should backup at the least.
  • Boucher backing up, taking another day to rest.

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Injury Updates 12/26/2009

12/26/2009
Detroit Red Wings v Colorado Avalanche

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

Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson out a few weeks.
  • Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno remain out.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Thomas Vanek back.  Chris Butler and Patrick Kaleta still out of the lineup. [Sabres Edge]
  • Nathan Gerbe not on any lines. [Sabres Edge]

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Marc Methot out one to two weeks. [Tom Reed]
  • Rostislav Klesla and Derek Dorsett remain out.
  • Anton Stralman and Kristian Huselius amongst others seem to have recovered from the flu.

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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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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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Restoring the Rosters: Atlanta Thrashers

11/18/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v New Jersey Devils

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team.  Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team.  This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
  2. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season.  All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending.  After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order.  This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

With 6 out of their 11 total drafts in the top 5, 2 more in the top 10 and 2 more in the top 15, the Thrashers drafting has failed them in the long run.  With Little more of a RW, the team is yet to develop a legitimate top 6 center at all.  The teams depth is lacking at both forward and goaltending with way too many question marks.

The lineup for the Atlanta Thrashers is as follows.

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