James O'Brien

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Another round of bad news

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


THAT GOOD NEWS I PROMISED

 

Even if a coaching change could provide some positivity, it’s hard to call a coach firing uplifting, so let me try to improve the mood just a bit. According to the tree-sized defenseman himself, Zdeno Chara might not miss a chunk of games after all. It might be best to take that with a grain of salt, as I’d guess that Chara probably hates missing games about as much as he can’t stand stories about Montreal police arresting him for that Max Pacioretty hit. Today’s news rounds might provide a more concrete update, then.

 

The same could be said with the mixed updates for Claude Giroux, although you might want to replace “today’s news rounds” with “news from this week/next two weeks” just to be safe. (Every team is hard to trust with head injuries and non-injuries, but the Philadelphia Flyers are among the toughest to read.)

 

To review, Chara, Crosby and Giroux are injured while Stevens will be a head coach - indefinitely. Ugh.


DEVILS/BOLTS QUICK HITS

 

Boy, Dwayne Roloson looked awful during a bit more than one period of work Monday. I attribute at least some of his 2011-12 troubles to a defense that is lousy 1-3-1 or not, but the rebound he allowed on that first goal was bad and the third tally he yielded was a softie too. This team really might not make the playoffs if they don’t improve their D or trade for a reliable (and preferably young) netminder … Adam Henrique is absolutely worth a look as a depth forward at this point, although Travis Zajac might ruin the party to a considerable degree if he returns on Friday like many expecte … Johan Hedberg looked beatable (because he is), but I still think he deserves the top gig over Martin Brodeur.


INJURY SNIPES

 

Nik Antropov (foot) and Dustin Byfuglien (leg) are day-to-day for the Winnipeg Jets … Matt D’Agostini is somewhere between day-to-day and out indefinitely with a concussion … Chuck Kobasew’s hand issues are lingering (and no, that’s not a joke about his disappointing scoring touch) ... Mike Green might be back soon, which could make him an intriguing trade target if you're the type to make the occasional gamble. (Click here for the full injury list.)



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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