Tidbits: The "Fell On Black Days" Edition
Posted by Dan Shrader on Friday, November 11, 2011
Guillaume Latendresse is out indefinitely with a concussion.
No doubt it is awful news; Latendresse has been a key cog in this most recent string of victories, and seemed to have found a home on the top line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley. Now, the loss last night to San Jose, in which Minnesota kept giving The Sharks power play (which if you hadn't noticed, isn't too shabby) chance after chance after chance, is a secondary focus.
Its not that Latendresse is out of the lineup- if anything we as Wild fans are probably a little accustomed to it, considering he played just 11 games last season- its that there is no timetable for his return, thanks to the lingering ambiguity of head trauma. He is expected to be out of the lineup for at least a week- a sort of loose and unofficial protocol now, but the gambit of concussions is similar to Russian Roulette.
Take Ryan Murphy, Carolina Prospect and Kitchener Rangers Defenseman, for exhibit A; Murphy was absolutely steamrolled by Niagara Ice Dogs forward Tom Kuhnhackl last week, but recently came out and said there's been no ill effects from the aftermath of the check.
Then you have Exhibit B, James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie and Saviour to some. Reimer hasn't played since October, after Montreal's Brian Gionta clipped his head crossing through the crease. Well, god bless the Toronto media, because they "over the helmet" of the team and went to Reimer's mom, who discussed her concerns as her goalie son's condition hasn't improved in the time since he last tended goal for the Leafs.
I wrote about the importance of Latendresse's presence in the lineup a while back, because he is unlike any forward we have; as much as I hate the nickname, the bottom line is that he is a Big Bear out there- a guy who can go around and through you, a mix of finesse and power. And now he's out, and nobody knows for how long, not even Latendresse himself.
- While we hope Latendresse can come back sooner than later, I think its important that we take his health into account. Take your time Gui.
- What I love about Mike Yeo; that even after their best games, Minnesota never did enough good things. Great at pulling the strings, and I'd imagine there was some string pulling after the Bataan Death March to the penalty box at the Shark Tank.
- Just how savvy a waiver pick up was Nick Johnson?
- I'm surprised Jarome Iginla even felt the phantom head butt, considering he was fighting WITH HIS VISOR ON.
- Its really impressive how seamlessly Nate Prosser (another savvy signing by Fletcher's regime) has played since he was called up. Kinda weird when you have more faith in the kids and their play instead of veterans like Nick Schultz and Marek Zidlicky.
- Hindsight is 20/20, we should have traded Marek Zidlicky instead of extending him. He's a hot mess of a player- he just doesn't do enough on the power play (his forte) to really warrant a roster spot, much less his contract. That being said, I don't know if he even has value.
- Good to see Mike Lundin is on the mend.
- Good on Casey Wellman for his play so far in Houston; 9 goals in 14 games. He had a bad camp, and took that down with him and elevated his play. We'll see him in a Wild sweater sooner than later.
- Finally, this is out this week, but this is just too good. Also fun to see guys like Brent Flahr and Chuck Fletcher show some personality.