Thursday, September 30, 2010

Playing Catch-Up on the News Page

With all the prep for the draft and the sheet pools, I have kind of fallen behind in my keeping the injury page up-to-date with links and such, so I'm going to play a little bit of catch up. I have updated the page to only have players that have been chosen in the draft or included on the sheet, so it isn't the best reference point for all the injuries and transactions in the league (just as a heads up).

The Flames are currently dealing with issues down the middle, still missing Daymond Langkow, who is dealing with a neck injury, which he suffered last season, and now Olli Jokinen is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.  Langkow has been on the ice, but says he is nowhere near returning to game action, while Jokinen left Tuesday night's game against the Coyotes and did not return.  If there is a major update to his condition, it will be posted.

In a case of an impressive training camp by other players, the Hurricanes felt that they had to send Zach Boychuk down to the AHL before they left for Europe to play in the NHL Premiere games. Boychuk should have been a lock on the squad, but obviously didn't play well enough to be on the 25-man roster (which is allowed for the European-bound teams) and was left at home for the time being. Since he was one of the last cuts, he would be one of the first call-ups later on in the year.

The Avalanche blueline hopefuls are getting some extra looks, as Kyle Cumiskey is dealing with a groin issue at the moment. Cumiskey has been listed as out day-to-day with a groin problem, opening the door for Colby Cohen and Jonas Holos to get some extra looks.  I would expect Cumiskey to be back and taking on a key role on the blueline.

The Kings are without forward Scott Parse at the moment, as he has been troubled by a groin issue and I believe an issue with his foot. He's currently still day-to-day with the club and is expected to make it through some of the cuts that still need to be done for the Kings opening night roster.

There was plenty of hype around Cody Almond possibly cracking through the Wild roster before training camp started, but the hype machine went for naught, as Almond didn't surive through to the final week of training camp, losing out to Casey Wellman and Matt Kassian.  Almond may have himself some more looks through the season, but the Wild's entry in the young players box won't be picking up many points to start the season.

The same has to be said about Louis Leblanc of the Canadiens, the team's 1st round pick in 2009. Leblanc left school in the States early to get a jump on his pro career, but his hype machine was apparently a little too strong as well, watching Leblanc be sent down to the minors to start the season. It was a fairly early cut, so he'll have to excel in the AHL before making the jump back up to the NHL.

The offensively talented Ryan Ellis was sticking around for quite a while in Predators camp, despite his smaller stature, which led me to believe he could crack the line-up when it was all said and done. Sadly, that wasn't the case, as he was sent back down to his junior team in Windsor, where he'll likely dominate at that level. He may still be another year or two from cracking the line-up, but at least he had himself a pretty good look in camp.

The Devils are still awaiting more tests on defenseman Bryce Salvador this week, after he was knocked out of a preseason game with a big hit. The belief is that he may have suffered a concussion, but the Devils are being awfully guarded about releasing injury information too soon, likely hoping they won't damper his season too badly. It's my feeling that if it is taking this long to get results, the news isn't likely going to be good.

The Sens are keeping Mike Fisher off the ice for the time being, as he's dealing with some minor soreness in his neck, after getting rattled in a preseason game this week. The team maintains that the injury is fairly minor and he should be ready to go for the start of the season, but it's all still worth mentioning at this point.

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