I had heard end of January. Met him in the lobby of the Webster Bank arena at the game tonight, he was wearing a hard cast on his wrist. When I mentioned to him I heard he was out till late January, he didn't deny it (but I don't remember him confirming it either).
He's played very well IMO. He's getting back on track.
It's good to see Nino back on track in his development. I thought he would because he always struck me as a confident/proud kid and you have to think that last year humbled him huge. He could have turtled, but he didn't and expressed his desire to do exactly what he is doing before the season. I hope he never forgets what happened last year and that chip on his shoulder will remain there for the rest of his career.
He still has much to work on, but I really want him to get the chance to play with a premium playmaking center in the future as that will be the determining factor as to whether he is a legit top-6 in the NHL or a tweener that will be best on the 3rd line. I'm not sure if he'll ever get a chance with Johnny in the near future, but I think pairing him up with Strome (possibly at the AHL level first) may yield some really good results. Nino is a physical weapon out there and would be best utilized by someone who has the vision and IQ to get him the puck in good situations. I remember thinking that Strome and Nino looked pretty good together in the rookie camps.
Classy move by the Tigers to wear the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy on the back of their jerseys tomorrow as well as having special black jersey made for the occasion.
Did anyone else see this poem? I really thought it was quite remarkable and was the first time since this tragedy it gave me a chance to smile and feel a little peace. I know many are probably not religious so it won't matter but check it out:
Ran into a hot goalie tonight. Bridgeport was the better team for most of the night. A couple of typical brain farts from the defense as usual.. Ness shooting and scoring on his own net, and Landry doing his best NHL '94 move in front of the net not playing the man or the puck and swiveling around like a turnstile wile Couturier fed Wellwood for an easy goal from behind the net.
Sound Tigers had their chances and almost tied this thing up late, but Munroe was real hot tonight.