I'm fine with Newbury. I don't expect him to score but at least in Fedetenko he's not replacing a big scorer. Newbury plays with a lot of grit and is decent on face-offs. He'll drop the gloves with anyone.
Don't really see who else would have been an option.
Whoever they call up is only going to see 5 mins on the 4th line. Need someone with some toughness and jam, and the ability to cycle.
Not going to bring up Zuccarrello or JAM or Bourque. I guess Deveaux could have been a possibility. No reason to cut Christensen's 2 week conditioning short. He's useless on the 4th line.
Not expecting Newbury to play much, but they needed a body and he fits the role well.
Zucc hurt, JAM on an ECHL-AHL two way contract, and Bourque far from good enough for the NHL.
I think they would have called up Zucc if he'd been healthy for a bit of time before the injury. If he'd didn't get reinjured, I still don't think he'd been called up so soon after coming back from one either. But he should obviously be the next in line, even for a third line, perhaps with Hagelin and Mitchell who he had good chemistry with in Whale.
I've always liked Newbury, he's never been a liability on the ice, knows the game, and is tough as hell. With that said, I see him staying up until the Boston game where he'll be inserted into the lineup and replace Wolski assuming that one of Dubi/Feds is still out.
Sorry--but Newbury is more the prototypical bottom liner than MZA is. The problem is some people think there's just no chance he's going to score--so if he can't help the offense why bother?--well, there's less chance that he's going to be outmuscled and hurt the defense than in MZA's case. Kris has played 17 games for us so far--a lot with limited ice time. He's had 5 fights in those 17 games, he's been good on face offs and hasn't hurt the team on the defensive end of things. He might not be a great player but you can get pretty much depend on what you get.