Monday, October 17, 2011

Battle News & Notes

It's already been busy for the Battle clubs (Buf, NJD, NYI, NYR). Injuries, demotions, call-ups and early surprises are in the offing. So let's get to it!

-Devils recall G Keith Kinkaid. Due to Martin Brodeur's right shoulder injury, the kid from Union College gets an emergency call-up. Probably the wise thing considering Marty's health. Age is finally catching up. Johan Hedberg continues to be a great insurance policy. The team plays well in front of him.

-Devils send down C Adam Henrique to Albany. This was clearly impacted by the play of Petr Sykora, who's fit in nicely with Parise and Elias. Plus Pete DeBoer is pretty set depth wise with Clarkson, Zubrus, Tedenby, Janssen, Boulton and PK fixture Brad Mills. It's better for Henrique's development.

-Islanders send C Ryan Strome back to Niagara (OHL). There's no denying the No.1 pick's talent but a numbers game that has reduced Blake Comeau's role was the icing on the cake. Plus Nino Neiderreiter will return from IR soon. 

-Islander G Rick DiPietro suffered a concussion when he was accidentally hit in the mask by a shot before his scheduled start against Tampa Bay. If DP didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all. The poor franchise goalie continues to be plagued by injuries. Each one more bizarre. The organization must be careful with the concussed netminder, who has a history. With Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov as a security blanket, they can be patient.

-Rangers send RW Mats Zuccarello down to Connecticut Whale and recall C Kris Newbury. Clearly, this is a WTF panic move by Tort. What did MZA even do to deserve the demotion other than be cast aside unlikely linemates Mike Rupp and teacher's pet extraordinaire Erik Christensen? I'm running out of words here. Sad as it sounds, Wolski's injury has hurt the depth and Tort's hypocrisy and Avery hate hasn't helped. That said, Newbury was a solid contributor last year who adds a physical element.

-Rangers recall D Brendan Bell from Whale. Finally, a rational move following the continued matador D after pseudo top pair Ryan McDonagh/Dan Girardi. Minus Staal and with Sauer still nicked up, it's about time the coach sees the light. Simply put, Eminger can't play daily and pairing Del Zotto and Erixon is scary.

-Sabres C Luke Adam scored and set up another in Buffalo's 3-2 home win over the Pens. The 21-year old former '08 second rounder continues his hot start with six points (3-3-6) over the club's first four games (3-1-0). Only Carolina held him off the score sheet. Coincidentally, their only loss. In 19 games last season, Adam had four points (3-1-4). Perhaps he'll be in the Calder discussion with early candidates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Larsson. Keep an eye on 18-year old freshman Sean Couturier, (assist) who might stick in Philly.

That wraps up this week's edition. Happy pucking!


Hasan said...

I think the Henrique demotion was temporary, since he wasn't going to play Saturday and the Devils didn't have another game for a week so it's probably a smart move to get him a couple of games in Albany.

As much as I like Cam though, I hope the two-goon lineup is only used sparingly. You can play Kovy thirty minutes back-to-back when you have a long break before and after that but it'd be insane once the schedule picks up.

Derek Felix said...

Yeah, agreed. I think if Tedenby sticks on the third line, there just isn't room for the kid. He is skilled. Do they really want to give him spare mins on the 4th line?

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