Thursday, March 01, 2012

Draft Player News (Mar. 1)

On Wednesday, the Islanders announced that they had called up goaltender Anders Nilsson on an emergency recall, because Al Montoya has reportedly suffered an upper-body injury and will be unable to dress behind Evgeni Nabokov on Thursday night, when they play the Flyers in Philadelphia.  Montoya is currently listed as out day-to-day, but without knowing the nature of the injury, it's hard to gauge when he might be able to return.

No money impact here, as Peter H. has Montoya this season and his year hasn't been very good.  His goaltending tandem ranks in the bottom-third of the pool with only 60 points to date and missing out on more time from Montoya is not going to help his cause.  His team has been in 16th place for the last month and that doesn't appear to want to change any time soon.

There were a couple of new injuries to report out of the Penguins and Stars game, both off of the visiting bench on the evening, as Kristopher Letang and Steve Sullivan were unable to finish the game with injuries. Letang was clocked early on by Eric Nystrom, reaching for the puck and Nystrom caught him in the head with his arm. Letang was able to get off the ice under his own power, but it took him an extra few moments. Sullivan mysteriously left the ice with a lower-body injury, no word of a cause or the nature of the injury.  Both will likely have updates later on Thursday.

The player with the greatest impact to the money is Sullivan, as he belongs to Dale B., who sits in 2nd place, on the wrong side of the first tie-breaker, goals, after Wednesday night's action.  Again, there is no word on his condition, but he was able to score a goal before leaving the game with the injury, so it isn't like Dale got nothing out of him before getting hurt.

Letang, on the other hand, just adds to the injury total of Scott G.'s season, who has one of two teams in the pool this year without more than 600 skater games played.  The top teams in the pool this year are up over 700 games and Scott's team has only 597 and there is a chance that Letang could be out for a while again.

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