There are, indeed, some personal issues that are making things difficult for Salo off-ice. I personally don't want to speculate, as I still think a player's personal life should be respected. The slant seems to be that his time is drawing to a close after this season though. I don't think he will go on IR, but if it has to be that way then Valiquette will get the call from Toronto.
I had read or heard a rumour about Salo's wife leaving him and going back to Sweden. Although it was obviously possible, I never really thought it was true until I read that article.
I think Conklin deserves to play, but you've really got to feel for Salo. He seems like a pretty good guy and he's had it pretty rough since that Belarus goal.
On the other hand, I could live with it if I was making $4M a year.
The Swedish media sure didn't help either. They made a stamp of Salo being pelted by hockey pucks. Is that any way to treat a human being? Salo and Sundin were blamed the most for the loss to Belarus. It's unfair. There was an article about Salo and Hedberg said that Salo's family was ridiculed. There was no need for the Swedish media to portray Salo as being at fault for the loss to Belarus. If the players had played better, it would never have gotten this far. Sweden shouldn't have been in that situation in the first place.
I feel sorry for Tommy. I've been critical of him, however he did provide this team 3 solid years of goaltending . He was blamed by the fans for each of the playoff loses to Dallas, when in fact the whole team should have been blamed. Nice to see him being a pro about this.