- Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star: Brian Burke has said Ron Wilson’s job as the Toronto Maple Leafs coach is “safe”. While he’s not in panic mode, there’s no question he’d like to increase the teams talent level.
“I’m told (Wilson) got blasted in the media today. Let me ask you a question. Did Ron play poorly last night? No. Why don’t you guys focus on the players who played poorly last night instead of questioning the coach.”
“It’s a very bizarre twist to this market place that when players play poorly, the coach gets hollered at. This is new for me. In Vancouver when the players played poorly, the players got blasted so I’m perplexed by this.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Colorado Avalanche have 3 players out with concussions, Peter Mueller, Adam Foote, and Kyle Cumiskey. Tom Poti has a groin injury for the 4th straight season. The New Jersey Devils have used 7 rookies so far this season. Matthew Lombardi hasn’t played a game for the Nashville Predators this season, he hasn’t even begun skating. Cory Schneider has played excellent for the Canucks so far this season, but you know they’ll have to trade him in the next year or 2, as the they have Robert Luongo locked up for an other 12 years. The Canucks should get a nice package for him.
- Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald: The Boston Bruins announced yesterday that center David Krejci suffered a concussion Saturday night in OT, and could be out a week. Krejci took a hit from TJ Oshie, falling backwards and hitting his head off the boards.
- Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: St. Louis Blues forward David Perron missed Saturday’s game, he left their morning practice with dizziness and headaches. Perron was hit by Joe Thornton on Thursday, he did practice on Friday though.
- I like to take a 2nd to make note of injuries to my fantasy team this week: Phaneuf, Doan, Krejci, Perron and Pitkanen. Explicit!
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils coach John MacLean was hesitant to say that Brian Rolston will be in the lineup Wednesday, “I don’t know. Have to go in progression with how he feels. Right now I’m happy he’s practicing.”