Friday, December 09, 2011

Sheet Player News (Dec. 9)

The Dallas stars are becoming healthy again, which has now likely ended the run of games played for Box 14 defenseman Adam Pardy. Pardy had not shown a great deal of value to the team while he was getting time in the line-up, so he'll head back to the press box and wait patiently for another chance. In 13 games played now, Pardy has 1 assist to show for his troubles, as he is turning out to be quite the fantasy bust this year, not to mention being quite the bust for the big contract he signed in the off-season.

There were some returning faces to the line-up for the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, including one to the blueline in Francis Bouillon, which forced the hand of the coach to make a move. Coming out of the line-up was Box 13 defenseman, Jonathan Blum, who hasn't quite had the season that many thought he would. Blum has 2 goals and 3 assists in 27 games, but I don't think it's unfair to say that the team was expecting just a little bit more offense out of him, providing a little bit more scoring depth beyond Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

The Maple Leafs are getting healthy as well, which makes all three posts today concerning players that are getting squeezed out.  With some more healthy bodies in the line-up, Joe Colborne finds himself on his way back down to the AHL, since his offensive production hasn't been up to expectations, but in fairness, his ice-time was not very favourable for much production, so he'll get more minutes on the ice with the Marlies, which should help his development.  Colborne has worked his way into being one of the first call-up options for the big club, if and when they need it.

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