The end of Keith Primeau’s season appears at hand. The Flyers captain, who has missed 46 games with a concussion, was told by the team’s medical staff that he will not be cleared to return to the ice this season, team sources said yesterday.
Right at the top of the list is goaltender protection. This is a tricky area, the one problem that has so far proved to be too difficult for the general managers to overcome.
This is, after all, a professional game. Sportsmanship and ethics are not high on any coach’s list of concerns when he draws up a game plan. He wants to get every edge possible, and if that means one of his forwards sees the need to flatten a helpless goaltender, he won’t object.
There will also be a debate about the new sweaters and socks that will be imposed for the Olympics and are scheduled to come to the NHL. The problem is that no one likes them except the league’s New York office and the people who make them, both of whom see them as a nifty source of profit.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller says he’s flattered that there is sentiment around the hockey world that he should be the American starter at the Olympic Games and not an alternate.
“(But) it does make sense to me what they did,” Miller said. “At the time that was the call to make. I think I would make that call if I were a general manager and had that very important decision to make. You evaluate based on the decision at hand.”
Ty Conklin will no longer tend goal for the Edmonton Oilers.
Conklin, 29, was placed on waivers prior to Monday’s 6-5 shootout victory over the visiting Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Although hampered by an injured groin earlier in the season, he simply hasn’t performed to the level expected of a goaltender making $1.14 million US.