Injury Updates 01/09/2010

01/09/2010
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Team Practices

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 9, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

New York Rangers

  • Vinny Prospal skating, not expected to play today. [Steve Zipay]

Boston Bruins

  • Marc Savard out 3-4 weeks. [The Boston Globe]
  • Andrew Ference, Byron Bitz, Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron still out.

Florida Panthers

  • David Booth, Kenndal McArdle and Dmitry Kulikov out.

Ottawa Senators

  • Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson still out.
  • Milan Michalek out with an undisclosed injury.

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Here's to a New Year Without Head Shots

01/02/2010
New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five

I am certain that an opinion piece of this nature will upset each team’s fans but these head shots have got to stop.  Of course, we are all hockey fans and love the big hit, some live for it but there needs to be a line drawn with the increasing speed to the game.  These hits need to stop or else hockey becomes a survival of the fittest in which young players stand little chance of establishing a career due to playing scared due to footage from the last gruesome head shot.

While the League’s general managers mull over a rule change, I would like to propose a rule change of my own.  Repeat dirty hits will lead to a permanent suspension from the League.  The OHL instilled a similar rule when they banned Michael Liambas, a notoriously dirty player, from playing in their League following a career ending hit against Ben Fanelli.  This instance marked just another time Liambas made a questionable hit, you cam see another one on first overall pick John Tavares here.  The NHL made a similar move with former NHL pugilist Ryan Hollweg, essentially calling any hit remotely borderline until he played his way out of the league.

The moral of my rant will be that these types of players simply do not deserve a paycheck in the National Hockey League.  A League where the rest of the world comes to play and play for the sport’s greatest trophies.  What kind of message does it send when careers start to end due to these injuries? Do we need Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin seriously injured before we start to see lifetime bans?

My nominees for a lifetime ban…

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Injury Updates 12/29/2009

12/29/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

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

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Mike Commodore, Michael Blunden and Andrew Murray scratched.
  • Marc Methot, Derek Dorsett and Rostislav Klesla still out.

New York Islanders

  • Doug Weight, Sean Bergenheim, Rick DiPietro and Radek Martinek out.

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Mark Eaton likely.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Patrick Kaleta, Derek Roy and Nathan Gerbe still out.
  • Nathan Paetsch in for Andrej Sekera. [Sabres Edge]

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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 12/23/2009

12/23/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

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

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen practiced with the team while Mark Popovic remains out.

Boston Bruins

  • Derek Morris sitting this game out.  [Boston Globe]
  • Milan Lucic looking to return at the Winter Classic. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart remains on IR.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Chris Butler not expected back.
  • No word on Nathan Gerbe, Thomas Vanek or Patrick Kaleta playing tonight, will update later.

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Injury Updates 12/21/2009

12/21/2009
Florida Panthers v New York Islanders

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

Florida Panthers

  • Dmitry Kulikov expected to miss significant time. [On Frozen Pond]
  • Nick Tarnasky, David Booth, Cory Stillman, Kenndal McArdle and Kamil Kreps remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Still out are Ray Emery and Darroll Powe.

New York Rangers

  • Matt Gilroy up while Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen demoted to Hartford.
  • Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik back in the lineup.

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Injury Updates 12/19/2009

12/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

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

New York Rangers

  • No injuries but Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik remain healthy scratches.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Simon Gagne returns. [Broad Street Bull]
  • Darroll Powe and Ray Emery remain injured.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Darren Helm back in.
  • Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Williams, Andreas Lilja, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson still out.

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Injury Updates 12/18/2009

12/18/2009
Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

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

  • Nick Foligno set to miss two weeks. [Bob MacKenzie]
  • Pascal Leclaire travelling with the team. [Senators.com]
  • Jason Spezza, Chris Neil and Shean Donovan remain out.

New Jersey Devils

  • Dainius Zubrus close to returning. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson and Paul Martin still out.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson serving as Toskala’s backup. Luke Schenn back in.  [Jonas Siegel]
  • John Mitchell, Carl Gunnarson and Mike Van Ryn still out.

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Restoring the Rosters: Buffalo Sabres

12/14/2009
Florida Panthers v Buffalo Sabres

I previously skipped over the Sabres, so here they are.

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.

The Sabres rely heavily on their drafting and development of young players in order to keep their payroll down. Due to their restrictions monetarily, the team has succeeded in producing a vast amount of NHL regulars as well as some well regarded players.  Overall, there really is no weaknesses to their lineup from the net on out.  A mostly young core, this team greatly resembles the team currently constructed but with more depth and much improved blueline.

The lineup for the Buffalo Sabres is as follows.

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