I think he is supposed to be back tomorrow against Philly.
Marek Malik did practice and will play tomorrow as well, meaning Renney is likely to sit either Thomas Pock or Darius Kasparaitis. The coach said moving forward he’s likely to platoon defensemen in and out of the lineup, not necessarily because they’re playing poorly, but to distribute the ice time evenly. The reason Pock and Kasparaitis are the most expendable is because they, like Malik, are both lefty, and it’s unlikely Renney wants players skating on the opposite sides. At the same time, both, and Pock especially, are beginning to play better, meaning neither should sit for more than a game at a time.
he means keeping Kaspar in games in which he's looking for physical play, and keeping Pock in for other situations (I don't see other defemsemen being platooned). If so, man that's a waste of nearly $3MM in cap space.
I know that he is hurt right now but when is he expected back? Sad to admit but I kinda want him back
And I'm sad to admit I don't... he can injure his groin how much he wants to if that keeps him out of the lineup.
He's big, but he's not physical. So what we have is a big, slow defenseman that plays like he is a slow, small defenseman. And his puck skills are mediocre at best, awful at worst. Can't Kaspar (and Kaspar's apprentice Tyutin) teach him the hip check or something? Or does Malik's agility suck too much to perform something like that?
He's not that bad when you look at our overall defense. He's minus in only 4 of the 33 games he's played in, and his only minus game in the last 17 was the Toronto game where all of our guys were bad.
Again, 'small potatoes'.
Malik stats show he is one of the most consistant defenders in the league the last 2-3 seasons and people on here still don't like him. Fine he isn't very fast and doesn't hit a lot for his size but the guy must be doing something right out there since he is always a +.
I know some are going to say +/- is a useless or misleading stat but this has been the way for Marek for 3 seasons now. Malik is a player I notice very little on the ice except for his pure size and for his role on this team I think that is a good thing. Aaron Ward has had just as many defensive breakdowns as Malik this season but he doesn't catch the slack Malik gets from the fans.