I had two sweet goals lined up last night to post as the Highlight of the Night. I couldn’t find a video of either so it looks like there will be no highlight. I’m sure the thousands of followers we have will be so disappointed. Instead, here are a few tidbits from around the NHL…
NY Rangers – The Rangers have recalled Sean Avery from their minor league team, the Connecticut Whale. He has not played a game with the Rangers this season and will be eligible to play as early as Thursday when the Rangers host the Ducks. Ironically, Thursday is also Louis Vutton Night at MSG, so it would be a fitting return for Avery.
Edmonton – Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton was the latest victim of the NHL’s new stance on hits to the head. He was suspended 5 games for a hit to the head of Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog. Watching Brendan Shanahan’s video explaining the suspension was extremely awkward.
NY Islanders – Islanders rookie winger Nino Niederreiter was optioned down to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint. Since he is still Junior eligible, he can only spend a max of 14 days in Bridgeport. My guess is he will be there a few days to get his feet under him before rejoining the big squad. The Isles lack of scoring this year is an indication they desperately need El Nino’s help in the lineup.
New Jersey – Devils goalie Martin Brodeur practiced fully on Monday and is expected to play some time this week. Brodeur injured his shoulder on Oct. 13th on a save against the LA Kings. He can return just in time to get lit up by Phil Kessel and the high-flying Maple Leafs this Saturday.