Vinny Prospal did not skate this morning and will not play either tonight against the Devils or tomorrow afternoon at Detroit because of a sore right knee, the same knee Prospal had arthroscopic surgery on in late December.
He was sent to Albany with the first batch of cuts. He never really got any time with the "starters" in training camp and didn't play in either preseason game. In the offseason, all of us wanted badly for one of our rookie centers to step in on that third line but Josefson was always the favorite for that role. He was playing against men in the SEL while Henrique played on one of the best teams in a league full of kids. He'll get time in the top 6 in the AHL this year most likely with Tedenby and should be ready to compete for that 3rd line spot next season.
It's going to be funny when we win tonight. It's going to be even awesomer when we combine these two pretty much half teams and finally see the real roster!
Yeah, I usually don't care if we win, but for the first time, I really want us to win a preseason game. Because of the cries of the Devil fans last time. It would be fun watching Hartford third liners score on their vaunted first line.
This entire team is full of the borderline players who will possibly be the next set of cuts made. Does anyone else see that or is it just me? I have a feeling Torts and everyone will use this game to see some of these guys who are on the bubble and decide who is the next group cut.
Obviously some of the other players have made it past this group of cuts:
If they weren't they would most likely be given the chance tonight to play and get the important minutes. To me its a great thing the Devils are icing a lot of their NHL players. Easier to evaluate who is ready and who should be kept around for a little while longer.
I think thats really the line of thinking with Torts and the management in general. They're throwing out a very powerful offense, lets put our D men trying to make the cut against them and see what they've got against top tier NHL competition. Its better to find out now while the games don't mean too much.
I hope to see Valentenko step it up and put himself solidly into the conversation.
Just walked by Dubinsky and Christensen walking to the game. Dubi had gold dress shoes on I should have taken a picture haha. I said hello and wishes dubi a good season he seemed quiet and shy. I should have asked him about hockeys future board and his user name. Oh well