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Old 11-05-2008, 11:59 AM
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Shady 80 in net again for New Jersey. Discuss.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:00 PM
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There might one thing at play here, and this is just speculation on my part, but Niskala might be complaining about not playing. He did tell the Predators to trade him or he was leaving for Europe at the beginning of the season. In fact, he even signed a contract with a European team before getting traded to the Flyers organization before OK acquired him days before free agency opened. Perhaps he wants to go play in Europe rather than serve popcorn in the pressbox as the #7.
Does seem like my speculation might actually have some merit this time. EE reporting from New Jersey notes that Niskala was missing from the morning skate and saying:
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There’s been some talk around the locker room that he had a meeting with GM Brian Lawton sometime in the past couple of days about his role on the team. When I asked Barry Melrose about it on Tuesday, he said that Niskala just has to be ready when he is called on because injuries are bound to happen. Niskala does have a European-out clause in his contract and I’m sure that came up in discussions with Lawton.
Sounds like Niskala's not happy about being a healthy scratch and might be threatening to go to Europe.

Also missing from the morning skate is Vinny Lecavalier. Could be a morning off for the captain, but it might be something more. Jeff Halpern participated in on-ice workouts with the team for the first time -- traveling with the team on a road trip at that. At least that's good news.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:13 PM
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Rather have him than #30!
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:49 PM
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Also missing from the morning skate is Vinny Lecavalier. Could be a morning off for the captain, but it might be something more.
Erlendsson edited his blog to say that Vinny was out there, he somehow missed it.

I just duplicated the Niskala stuff in the other thread, oh well.

Good luck to Weeksie, just not against us. It does make the game a little more dangerous though, he's looking to prove himself & his teammates will probably be rallying around him, trying to help him out.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:53 PM
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Niskala cleared waivers and will be reassigned to his Finnish team. No defenseman will be recalled to fill his place on the roster with Vrbata set to come off IR.
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:04 PM
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Start time is at 7:00, btw.

Per Cristodero, Vrbata could be back as soon as tomorrow.
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And this one is on TV - Sunshine.
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Old 11-05-2008, 04:14 PM
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And this one is on TV - Sunshine.
Is this allowed? Are they SURE they want to televise games?

(Can PK stay home? - do the Magic play tonight?)
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:01 PM
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Start time is at 7:00, btw.

Per Cristodero, Vrbata could be back as soon as tomorrow.
Danks for the heads up. I would've turned it on at 7:30 like normal...or is that normal anymore?
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:23 PM
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Danks for the heads up. I would've turned it on at 7:30 like normal...or is that normal anymore?
That is normal for home games, I think most other teams start at 7. I think our next 3 games are at 7.
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