Western News and Notes - 30.10.08
Some weeks there are a lot of interesting stories out there in the hockey world. This week seems to be one of them, but there’s a little problem: all of those stories are about Eastern teams. Unfortunately, it’s slim pickins for the West…or I’m clearly missing something.
The Detroit Red Wings will be without the services of Johan Franzen for 3-4 weeks after he sprained his knee Saturday night.
It’s a shame, too, because it looked as though his sniper-like abilities did not vanish over the summer. He has 5 goals and 2 assists in 8 games this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets placed Pascal Leclaire on IR on Monday after he sprained his ankle in a game over the weekend. He is expected to be out for about a week.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have activated Jared Boll from IR. Boll had missed five games due to head and neck injuries.
I seriously hope that Ken Klee hadn’t settled in California.
The 37-year-old defenceman was a Thrasher in late September, then a Duck after the Mathieu Schneider trade, and NOW he’s a Coyote after Phoenix claimed him on re-entry waivers.
I predict he will be a Penguin by Christmas.
Nashville acquired a couple of impact players today, both of whom will likely fight for the Hart Trophy this season. Everyone will fear now the Predators.
Okay, maybe not.
In reality, they picked up a couple of minor league players. Hugh Jessiman is coming over from the Rangers, with New York getting the ever descriptive ‘future considerations’ in return.
Tim Ramholt is now a Predator, with Josh Gratton suiting up for the Flyers again.
The Flyers will be happy to have this guy in their system again, since they desperately need more PIMs.
The Sedins started the season well, but it has been all downhill since about game three.
So what’s a coach to do when his top offensive players can’t do their jobs?
He changes things up, of course.
Alain Vigneault is doing just that by adding the speedy Mason Raymond to the top line.
“Obviously we need a way to get Daniel and Henrik to contribute offensively,” said Vigneault. “And right now, one of our best offensive personnel has been Mason. He’s been getting a lot of offensive chances, his skating has allowed him to get to open ice, so we’ll try that and see what we can come up with during the games.”