Loose Pucks, 09 February 2011: Injuries, Injures, and More Injuries
Tyler J. Altemose
Today marks the beginning of a new daily segment for Philly Reign. It's called "Loose Pucks", and it's a collection of news from around the league. It is designed to keep our readers on top of news from around the league by streamlining it all onto one blog. And what a day it was in the NHL! Without further adieu, I present--Loose Pucks.
The Ducks have received D Francois Beauchemin in exchange for RW Joffrey Lupul, D prospect Jake Gardiner, and a conditional 2013 draft pick, per TSN's Darren Dreger.
From James Duthie of TSN: "I'm excited to get back in a playoff race. I never really wanted to leave Anaheim." - Beauchemin
Tyler Seguin, Boston's number 2 pick in last year's NHL Entry Draft, is a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens according to James Murphy of ESPN.
Seguin's numbers have been slumping, and it's speculated that this was only a matter of time. "It's just a matter of I think it's a phase he's going through this year, and it's a lot different at this level than what he's been used to. And it's never a bad thing to watch, never a bad thing to get a rest at this time of year because we know that players do get tired after 50-plus games and the travel and everything that goes along [with it]," Bruins head coach Claude Julien told Murphy.
F Alex Tanguay is out indefinitely with a concussion--per the team--as is D Adam Pardy with an upper body injury.
New Jersey Devils
Martin Brodeur is still out with a sprained knee and won't travel with the team to Toronto, according to Tom Gulitti. According to head coach Jacques Lemaire, he's unlikely to play against the Sharks as well.
Anton Volchenkov has been suspended by the NHL for three games following his elbowing of Carolina's Zach Boychuk, per TSN's Bob McKenzie. According to Gulitti, he'll be forefeiting $68,548.38 in salary.
New York Islanders
G Kevin Poulin is out for the season with a dislocated knee that will need surgery, per Katie Strang. He went down during pre-game warm-ups last night after his skate got caught in a rut on the ice.
Per Strang, the Isles are currently looking for a veteran goaltender, someone "third on the depth chart somewhere", said GM Garth Snow. Although not the top option, the team may end up looking at Michael Leighton.
According to Strang, the team will ride G Mikko Koskinen who was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team's AHL affiliate, until G Nathan Lawson returns. Lawson, ironically enough, injured his (you guessed it!) knee on 21 January during a game against the Buffalo Sabres. He has been practicing with the team.
New York Rangers
According to the team, Chris Drury will have left knee surgery and will miss six weeks of action.
Daniel Alfredsson is out indefinitely with a lower back injury, per LeBrun.
From LeBrun: "I’m not sure how long he’ll be out, it’s not critical but he’s not feeling well so we’ll keep him out for a bit.” - GM Bryan Murray
Matt Cooke has been suspended four games for his hit on Columbus' Fedor Tuytin, according to Nick Kypreos.
Per LeBrun, Evgeni Malkin will undergo surgery on his knee for his torn ACL/MCL. His recovery time is six months.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Here is D prospect Jake Gardiner's scouting report, courtesy of Bob McKenzie. Gardiner was traded to the Maple Leafs from the Ducks today along with Joffrey Lupul and a conditional 2013 draft pick.
According to LeBrun, if Lupul is not on the Toronto’s “reserve list” for 40 or more regular season games in the 2012-13 season then Anaheim trades its 6th round pick in 2013 instead of it's 4th round pick.
Per James Mirtle: "From a hockey standpoint, I'm definitely happy to be moving on ... I have lots to prove to myself and others. I want to step in and make an impact." - Lupul
According to GM Brian Burke, this is only the first of several moves the team intends to make by the trade deadline, per Mirtle.
Naturally, I save the best news for last. Today is the 45th anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers organization. On this day in 1966, the NHL granted the City of Philadelphia a hockey club for it's upcoming league expansion. The team later became known as the "Philadelphia Flyers".