Thursday, December 04, 2014

Player Notes in the Draft (Dec 4)

The Dallas Stars are well-below their own expectations for the 2015 season, as they are 7 points out of a wild card playoff spot at the beginning of December and flailing around, like they have no direction. The first order of business for the team... change the back-up goalie! Anders Lindback was placed on waivers on Wednesday, for the purpose of re-assigning him to the minors on Thursday, if and when he clears. Lindback has 258 minutes worth of action this season, failing to pick up any points in that time. As much as that is only four games and a period worth of action, it looks like the Stars want to go in a different direction here, calling up Jussi Rynnas to take his position.

The overall impact in the pool will be minimal, as Brian made the move to drop Lindback in the opening round of the Waiver Draft, opting for Coyotes' back-up keeper, Devan Dubnyk.  This appears to be the right move, since he'll get no points from AHL starts.

The Minnesota Wild were without defenseman Ryan Suter for the first time since signing him to his large deal a couple years ago and it is an illness that has befallen him.  The Wild are doing up some tests to see if Suter is also suffering from the mumps, which has been making its rounds through the dressing rooms of the NHL.  For now, Suter is considered to be day-to-day with an illness, but if it is the mumps, there is a chance he'll miss upwards of about a week, possibly more, if it is as strong as what Corey Perry had in Anaheim.

For Scott's team, which is hovering around the middle of the standings through Week Nine, he's definitely hoping that Suter is not out of the lineup for an extended period of time.  Scott's blueline has been good this year, scoring well above average to this point in the season, but his forwards have been sub-par, which has led to his middle-of-the-pack standing.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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