The wait for defenceman Anton Volchenkov's return to the lineup could be a little longer than originally expected. It was believed the hard-nosed Russian blueliner would be sidelined for two weeks when he suffered a right elbow injury in an Oct. 28 game against the Florida Panthers. But Clouston suggested today Volchenkov could be out another week to 10 days. "Each day, there are little improvements," said Clouston. "The swelling has gotten a lot better in his elbow. Pretty soon, (team doctors) are going to put a brace on his elbow, just to give him a little more support.
Having Shannon in the line up if Alfie needs some time off is a good thing: while Alfie is light years better they play a similar game.
Having both Alfie and Shannon seems redundant, I'd rather have Winchester in the line up in that case.
i guess winnie and donovan are scratches again, though i'd rather see either in shannon's spot.
I think it should be Chum. I understand that its easier for Clouston to scratch him than a younger guy as Donovin won't complain or have his development stunted. I just feel that he brings so much more to the team than either guy. He's the perfect checking line winger.
i've never been all that impressed by shannon and am convinced that there is no way he resigns as a sen, so i dont really care about his development. Unless he is giving us the best chance to win every night, he shouldnt be in there. I think donovan gives us a better shot to win, and i think winchester can at least use the ice time to develop.
Michalek - Spezza - Kovalev
Foligno - Fisher - Alfredsson
Cheechoo - Regin - Neil
Ruutu - Kelly - Donovan
Stop f'ing around, Clouston. Cheechoos, wether we like it or not should be playing on our 3rd/4th line, not on our top 6. And having Foligno in our bottom 6 isn't helping his development. He's showed that he derserves a shot in the top 6.
Also, for ****'s sake, stop jerking around and get Chum back in the lineup ASAP. He's worked hard and has done everything we ask of him. Pass (Shannon) or no pass, his skating, speed and forecheck are much more efficient than anything Shannon's bringing at this point. The guy deserves it.