Well someone's gotta do the Coyotes.. heavy workload just keeping track..
Derek Morris as pretty much expected has been the #1 defenseman on the Coyotes.. playing more minutes than anyone else in both of his games so far. The toothless powerplay now has a weapon and he duly had a point on his debut and hit the post. When he made his home debut, he had played 4 games in 4 nights in 4 different cities, including the Bertuzzi Incident game. He has two games coming up this weekend against Colorado which will make 6 games in 8 nights..
Brent Johnson stopped 30 of 31 shots in his debut in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota. Next was a loss to LA where he stopped 34 of 37. His GAA is 1.94 and his save percentage is .941
Mike Rupp has only played one and a half games before a suspected separted shoulder has put him out indefinitely, probably for the season.
Mike Comrie has 11 points (4g 7a) in 16 games and is a minus 5.
Tom Koivisto has gone to the farm I think.. but will probably get a cup of coffee at some point.
Four rookies Goran Bezina, Erik Westrum, Matt Spiller, Jason Jaspers have all been called up, joining two rookies already on the team in Jeff Taffe and Freddy Sjostrom. Three other new players have also just played their first games for the Coyotes - Bryan Helmer, Todd Reirdon and Ivan Novoseltsev. That's thirteen new players in the past 10 games(!)
hnidy played his first game as a predator tonight, and logged pretty big minutes do to eaton leaving early with back spasms. i personally was VERY impressed. plays with an edge, as advertised...but surprisingly good at moving the puck as well, and surprised osgood with a couple of quick blasts from the point. made a couple huge hits. seemed to fit right in, and is a HUGE upgrade over allison(we had hoped for slight)
Garfield - I thought Simon scored on his first game as a Flame? IN fact, I'm almost sure of it.
At first glance, it looked as though Simon chipped it in but Conroy's pass was re-directed by Foote right into the net. They later changed the goal to Conroy's big 4th of the year. Simon made the goal happen as Foote was trying to stop the puck from reaching him. So he caused a goal for us, I guess that's a good thing, he's also creating some room for Iggy & Conny out there.
I love the Flames new acquisitions, especially Niemenen !! Sutter really knows how to get players that will make the transition seemless.
Salo is expected to make his first start against PHX on Sunday in Denver.
Gratton and Vaananen have been OK. Granato is using Gratton on a line with Barnaby and Kariya in his first two games. Its also no coincidence that since the trades Selanne has been scratched in both.
Barnaby has made the biggest impact so far. He got into a scrap with Moreau in the Edmonton game and had a PP goal and an assist in the last game against PHX. Barnaby is easily John Kelly's newest favorite Av.