Friday News and Notes
It is starting to seem that way. Fleury, who has struggled throughout the preseason, is the only goalie on the roster that wouldn't have to clear waivers, though he is on a one-way contract. Coming into camp, it was all but decided that it would be his job to lose and Jocelyn Thibault would be the most likely back-up. That is being revisited as Fleury posted a 4.39 GAA during the preseason, and there are whispers that he could even start the season in Wilkes Barre-Scranton. Danny Sabourin has had a very strong camp and Thibault has been consistent, both efforts have management wondering if they should move in another direction. Thibault will start the game against Buffalo tonight, with no announcement having been made on tomorrow night's starter. If Fleury gets the opportunity, it could be make or break.
Dan Carcillo Making a Push
Carcillo, the former OHL villain, has been in complete control of his emotions this preseason. He has accumulated only 4 penalty minutes after racking up 311 minutes in 51 games with the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins last season. Carcillo chalks his new found Lady Byng status up to get more focused before games and controlling his emotions. Something that he wasn't always able to do in the past. He has taken some pretty big steps over the past couple years, steps that might place him on the Penguins opening night roster. He seems to be a new man, instead of taking penalties, he is drawing them. He put on a fine display of that last week against Washington, when he was able to ruffle the feathers of none other than Donald Brashear. Carcillo seems to have matured much since he was suspended on two occasions for stick infractions during his final season in the OHL and he has impressed Penguins brass.
Ron MacLean to Officiate During the Second Period Tonight
MacLean, host of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada and certified referee in the Canadian Hockey Association, will officiate during the second period of the Penguins/Sabres game tonight at Mellon Arena. He will work alongside the NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom. MacLean attended the officials training camp earlier this month in Erie, and the league wanted him to gain an on ice perspective during game conditions.
Word is that Evgeni Malkin could begin skating as soon as this weekend. There is no indication of when he will be able to participate in full contact drills with teammates, but this is good news. The shoulder supposedly slid right back into place when they reset it. Complications tend to arise with getting the shoulder back into socket, something that doesn't seem to be a problem in Malkin's case. It is definitely looking more and more like he will be back sooner, rather than later. More as I have it!