Friday, October 4, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Oct. 4
By Tim Kavanagh
Some more great content on Thursday in the Insider NHL world, as Frank Provenzano explored how the changes in the last two CBAs have altered how teams select their captains, and what impact this will have in the future. Also, Craig Custance looked at the tough decisions forthcoming for teams that have key veteran players that are hitting free agency at the end of the season. With that out of the way, let's head around the NHL with another round of morning links.
Another Capitals game, another Capitals storyline. While the big news out of the season opener was the under-utilization of Martin Erat, the big story based on Thursday's game was G Braden Holtby getting chased from the crease. Michal Neuvirth time already? Not so fast, says the coach.
In Vancouver, there was speculation prior to the season as to whether John Tortorella would keep Alex Burrows with the Sedin twins, and that was the case on Thursday. Unfortunately, Burrows was seen limping badly after the game, so it would appear the Sedins will have a new linemate for the next tilt. Zack Kassian would be an option, except that he's still suspended.
Many are relying on James Neal to help carry their fantasy team this season, and so it was dismaying to see him leave the season opener and not return. The early word is that it's an upper-body injury, though that doesn't really give us a great hint as to a return timeline.
The saga of Ilya Bryzgalov continues. On Thursday, we mentioned the buzz on his potentially joining the Las Vegas club in the ECHL, and now there's word that yes, he will be trying out for the Las Vegas Wranglers. He still aims to play in the NHL soon, though there's been little chatter of that actually happening.
With Ville Leino out indefinitely, the Sabres are turning to Johan Larsson to pick up some of the slack, though when Marcus Foligno comes back (possibly as early as Tuesday), that will provide another option for Ron Rolston.
With Mark Fraser placed on IR this week, it appears that we'll see the debut of Leafs blue line super-prospect Morgan Rielly as soon as this weekend.
The Avalanche have had a lot of excitement surrounding their team to start this season, but they may be without their captain Gabriel Landeskog in the near future, due to injury.
Inserted into the lineup due to an injury to Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron will make Claude Julien's decision very difficult if continues to play as he did on Thursday.
From a long-term perspective, the Rangers' Ryan Callahan problems are far from over (he's an impending unrestricted free agent). But, at least they might get him back on the ice soon: ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang noted that Callahan could even be back by Monday.