Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sheet Player News (Oct. 22)

It looks as though the Dallas Stars decided to scratch their seventh defenseman, Adam Pardy, for their game against the Ducks on Friday night. Pardy has only seen two games of action so far this season, struggling to find a regular spot on a Stars blueline that is arguably not quite as deep as one might think.  Pardy was signed in the off-season as an unrestricted free agent and with the larger contract, you would have assumed that the Stars had a plan for him going forward.

On Saturday afternoon, the Minnesota Wild were without Box 8 forward Gui Latendresse, as the scoring winger is dealing with a sore groin. Latendresse is off to a good start to the season, scoring a goal and adding 4 assists in seven games.  His hot start made him an popular player in Box 8 to start the year, but a minor injury might make some teams reconsider his participation.

Good news for young Coyotes rookie Andy Miele, as he got the call to head back to the big club from the AHL on Friday night. In the minors, Miele has 7 points in four games and the Coyotes could do with a little more offense, as they have only scored 15 goals in six games this year, which ranks 9th in the Western Conference.  It sounded like Miele had a pretty good training camp with the Coyotes, but the team's hesitance about playing with kids in their line-up was likely a pretty good reason to send him down for some more seasoning.

The word out of Leafs' camp is that centre Tyler Bozak is questionable for Saturday night's tilt against the Montreal Canadiens. There was no definitive word as to whether or not he will dress tonight, but he wasn't out for the morning skate, which led to these questions popping up. Bozak has 4 assists in six games for the Leafs, enjoying some good ice-time with the league's leading scorer.

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