Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sheet Player News (Nov. 29)

On Monday, the Anaheim Ducks decided to send Box 8 forward Brandon McMillan down to the AHL to put some extra work into his game. McMillan only has 3 points in 23 games and the team feels that he has a bit more to give, so some AHL time should help get his game back in order and possibly renew some of his confidence.  I wouldn't expect him back up too soon, but I would imagine that he would be one of the first names on the list, if an injury was to occur to a scorer in the line-up.

After spending a couple games in the press box as a healthy scratch, Box 7 forward Blake Geoffrion returned to the Predators line-up for their game against the Oilers, but his return was only to be marred by an upper-body injury.  Geoffrion was hit by Ryan Jones and had to leave the game with the injury and the post-game comments suggest that the injury is a little more on the serious side. Geoffrion only has 2 assists in 19 games this season, so this may open up a brand new opportunity for someone else in the Predators' depth chart to possibly give the team some offense.

Sharks Box 7 forward Michal Handzus didn't travel with the team to Los Angeles for Monday night's game against the Kings, as the checking forward was feeling under the weather after practice.  It doesn't sound like it will be anything too significant for Handzus, but no one really would like to be ill or be responsible for passing it around to his teammates, so that was the primary focus of leaving him behind.  I don't think there is any reason to think that will be the only game that he'll miss.

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