Colorado at New York 7pm Versus: Joensuu recall

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/02/2009 11:30:00 AM | |
Updated 11:00am Reports Bill Guerin will not play tonight vs Colorado and with no progress two days later sources tell TSN that Guerin has become frustrated by the ongoing uncertainty and has done nothing to complicate, or stall the trade from going through. Guerin and Islanders' general manager Garth Snow are continuing to wait for New York's trading partner to sign off on the deal.

For those wondering about the Caps, Tarik El Bashir in the Washington Post blog Sunday afternoon had the following here from head coach Bruce Boudreau about Bill Guerin.

Asked about the Bill Guerin to Washington rumors -- which one of my sources shot down this morning -- Boudreau said: "We have Kozlov, Semin, Fehr, Bradley and Gordon as our right side. I think that's pretty good."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Guerin/Snow cannot make the other side trade and like other teams some players are being held out of games.

Michael Nylander has been a healthy scratch for two games in a row with his NTC, Guerin will survive the waiting game.

Ct Post blog by Mr Fornabaio or AHL transactions on sidebar usually do a good job tracking callups, but on a day like this (weather) everything will be slow.

Updated 12:00pm:

Point Blank: Mr Botta reported the Islanders concluded their morning skate, linked to earlier story (above) and that a forward should be recalled to play his fourth game in four days tonight after three straight over the weekend with Bridgeport.

Sound Tigers also play Tuesday (another Norfolk game) which would tie Tim Jackman's record from last season of five games in five days for those scoring at home.

Updated 1pm:

Newsday: Mr Logan reports in the Islanders Newsday blog nothing has happened at this time. Guerin will not dress for tonight and it's still possible Guerin could remain an Islander past the trade deadline which apparently he thinks is Tuesday at 3pm claiming there are still twenty six hours left which I expect he will correct.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I thought a few times it was Tuesday also for those scoring at home.

Mr Logan apparently for now is running out of locker room material so we actually got some hockey content about how well Guerin and some of the players/veterans performed against Toronto last Thursday for Scott Gordon. Seems the only one who has made coach-player relations a public issue with anonymous quotes has been Mr Logan in Newsday.

Maybe by next week we'll get a few words about the Sabres win.

Updated 1:30pm:
Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio reports Jesse Joensuu has been recalled for tonight's game.
Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
12/10/08 Joe Sakic C Back, fingers IR. Out until mid-March
02/19/09 Kyle Cumiskey D Shoulder IR. Out for the season
02/19/09 David Jones LW Shoulder IR. Out for the season

02/28/2009 COL 1 @ NYR 6
02/26/2009 COL 0 @ NJD 4
02/24/2009 COL 3 @ ATL 4
02/22/2009 COL 2 @ CAR 5
02/20/2009 COL 4 @ WSH 1

Ryan Smyth 63 21 30 51 -10
Milan Hejduk 63 23 26 49 -8
Wojtek Wolski 62 14 22 36 -7
Paul Stastny 37 10 22 32 -7
JMichael Liles 56 7 22 29 -10

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Islander fans will see the return of Ryan Smyth if he does not waive his NTC and is traded.

Simply put Colorado Avalanche are not a very good hockey team but even though they are 15th in the West are only ten points out of a playoff spot (twelve ahead of the Isles) while the home team is chasing a five hundred record at the Nassau Coliseum.

Problem with Colorado on paper is what you would expect which is in goal with Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft both under 900 in save percentage. By comparison this season MacDonald and Danis are top flight NHL goaltenders, only Scott Gordon knows if he rides Danis or keeps to a rotation with MacDonald.

Avs are playing like a team that is not very interested lately but I suspect head coach Tony Granato (version 2) will be all over his team who reportedly went down fighting Saturday.

Schedule does not seem to allow for a canceled game here.

I suspect post game media coverage will have little to do with the actual game being played on the ice so the fans lose.

Joensuu is a big kid, should be fun to see what he can bring to a smaller lineup.

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