Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sheet Player News (Jan. 18)

On Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks sent their Box 9 forward, Kyle Palmieri, back to Syracuse of the AHL, after another short stint up with the club.  Palmieri hasn't done enough to secure his spot for the long-term with the club and it doesn't look like the forecast for the rest of the season looks all that positive for him.  I would expect to see Palmieri back up with the team before too long, but there is nothing in this promotions and demotions this season that would suggest that he'll stay for any length of time.  In 10 games, Palmieri has 1 goal and 1 assist.

Much like Palmieri above, Carolina Hurricanes forward Zac Dalpe has been one of those yo-yo players this season, going down, coming back up from the minors this season. On Wednesday morning, the Box 25 forward got the call to return to the parent club, while Brett Sutter went back down the other way.  The Hurricanes have been toying with a lot of their youth already this season, but a few of them cannot seem to get any traction underneath them to stay up with the team.  With injuries still happening in Carolina, we'll likely continue to see some more up and down movement.

With the return of Brandon Dubinsky to the Rangers' line-up on Tuesday night, the team decided to give Wojtek Wolski a quick rest, as he is still adjusting to the game speed after a major injury. There was talk that Wolski may have been sent down to the AHL on a conditioning stint before the injury to Dubinsky, but as it happened, Wolski got his chance to jump right back in to action. Last night, with another healthy body, it was a good time to make sure Wolski gets back to 100% and a rest was likely the best move for him going forward.

Events seem to be happening in pairs today on the sheet news, as Tyler Bozak returned to the Maple Leafs line-up on Tuesday night for their game against the Senators and that meant that recent AHL call-up Nazem Kadri was the odd-man out for the game and was sent up to the press box as a healthy scratch.  Kadri had certainly shown some flashes of what he'll be able to accomplish when he becomes a full-time player in the league, but with Bozak's return, the need for three top six centres was not there and now it will be a question of whether or not Kadri stays with the team or gets sent back down to the AHL.

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