Saturday, 27 February 2016

Jeff Petry, Tom Gilbert lost for the season.

FEBRUARY 25, 2016

Man, you check in to the news just to see what’s the buzz, and you get another brick on the head.  Jeff Petry done for the season.

Magic wand-speaking, if this was going to be the way this season was going to go, this might as well have happened in December, along with Tom Gilbert’s injury. We would have had to rotate in Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi, called up Mark Barberio sooner. With the hindsight goggles strapped on.

In one way, this further reduces the temptation the brain trust might have to try to sneak into the playoffs. White towel, waved, throwed.

Flipside is, this kind of eliminates any chance Alexei Emelin gets dealt. Missing two of the six starting defencemen, Marc Bergevin won’t let another go, and then have his team composed of a minor league blue line. He wouldn’t, right?

So we keep buffeted by opposing forces. Beat the felonious Flyers. Lose to the Predators in a clunker. But amass an overtime point, which we kind of don’t really want, sort of. Beat the best hottest team in the league.

Still, let the fire sale begin! Minus Tom Gilbert, Paul Byron, David Desharnais, but still… We have a three-legged card table somewhere, rarely used.

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