On Thursday, the Calgary Flames placed Box 4 forward Brendan Morrison on the Injured Reserve, after it was determined that he had come back too early from his knee surgery and was feeling the effects of this after eight games. Morrison had off-season knee surgery to help repair his ACL, but rehab didn't go quite as well as he would have liked, missed the last two games and now has put the season on hold for the next little while. In the eight games that Morrison did play, he failed to register a point and his timetable for a return is not known, so it would be wise to drop him, if you have him.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on water and are sinking quite quickly in the Western Conference, so it is a struggle to find new ways to save themselves. On Thursday night, they made heralded rookie Ryan Johansen into a scratch again, but the move didn't put any veteran presence in the line-up that helped them pull out a win against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Box 9 forward should have enough talent to stick with any NHL club, but with where the Jackets are in their misery, Johansen is an easy player to take out of the line-up. But with the losses mounting, the trades are coming.
The Los Angeles Kings were finally able to insert forward Colin Fraser into their line-up on Thursday night, after acquiring him from the Oilers in the Ryan Smyth trade in the off-season, which meant that someone had to come out of their line-up and that was Box 8 forward Brad Richardson. In 15 games this season for the Kings, Richardson only has 1 assist, so based on production, this move makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately for the Kings, the move was not enough to beat the Canucks on Thursday night and they have currently slipped out of a playoff spot (as if we're keeping track of that now).
A death in the family of Daymond Langkow forced the veteran centre away from the team and their game against the Canadiens on Thursday night. I'm sure the Coyotes will give Langkow as much time as is needed for the grieving process, so his return may be up in the air for the next little while.
Langkow is off to a pretty good start this season, scoring 3 goals and 5 assists in the first 13 games of the year, certainly in the mix to be upgraded from being a sheet player to a draft player, when the waiver draft rolls around.