Rink to Rink: prepare for overreactions

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Sports writers, bloggers, fans and assorted ragamuffins will often take one game to judge a trade  (or on opening day, a season). Yes, I filed the Philadelphia Flyers under “loser” for the deadline but some people on Twitter made it seem official after one bad game. Remember kids, a lot can happen in one game.

You know, like that time a bunch of scrappy Americans upset a Russian superpower …
Washington Capitals 3, Buffalo Sabres 1
Thanks, American hero Ryan Miller! OK, enough of that, now get back to work because you’ve already lost your first game back and the Sabres are 0-2 this week. (Hockey can be really cruel.)
Oh no, the Flyers are RUINED! Leighton was chased from the net in the second period after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots while David Booth powered the Panthers’ surprising outburst with 1 goal and 3 assists.
Games reviewed after the jump.

I’ll let Mike Babcock’s hilarious quote in the AP article linked above tell most of the story:
“We were poor. We were poor in goal. We were poor in the back end. We were poor up front. We were poor in the work ethic department.”
In other news, Ryan Kesler is my hero.
This game didn’t start off that badly for the Oilers, considering the fact that they dressed an astoundingly sub-par group of defensemen. They even had a 2-1 lead at one point in the second period. The Blackhawks eventually scored four unanswered goals to take the game but Devan Dubynk cannot take much of the blame; he turned aside 42 of 47 shots.
After a spotty (at best) Olympic run by Finland’s mandatory starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, the goalie allowed 4 goals on 21 shots. The Wild also managed to score 4 goals without a single PP opportunity. Not a great performance by the Flames. (Oh, and the other Finnish goalie – Niklas Backstrom? He earned a shutout.)
It took exactly one game for Peter Mueller to make both a good impression (PP goal) and bad impression (bad penalty) with the Colorado Avalanche. Nonetheless, Matt Duchene scored the game winner to take the win. Craig Anderson made 31 saves, proving irrefutably that he should have been in Vancouver watching Ryan Miller play for Team USA.

NHL has no plans to change waiver rules

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Even with all the young players that have been healthy scratches this season, don’t expect the NHL to change its waiver rules.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT in an email that it’s not something that’s “ever been considered.”

“For better or worse that’s what waiver rules are there for,” Daly wrote. “They force Clubs to make tough decisions.”

Today, Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi became the latest waiver-eligible youngster to be sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning loan.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season. If he were still exempt from waivers, he’d have undoubtedly been sent to the AHL long before he had to watch so many NHL games from the press box.

In light of situations like Tinordi’s, some have suggested the NHL change the rules. Currently, the only risk-free way for waiver-eligible players to get playing time in the AHL is via conditioning stint, and, as mentioned, those are limited to 14 days in length.

So the Habs will, indeed, need to make a “tough decision” when Tinordi’s conditioning stint is up. Do they put him in the lineup? Do they keep him in the press box and wait for an injury or some other circumstance to create an opportunity for him to play? Do they risk losing him to waivers by attempting to send him to the AHL? Do they trade him?

Your call, Marc Bergevin.

Related: Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL

Ortio clears waivers, assigned to Flames’ AHL team

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Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.

The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),

But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.

In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.

Price placed on injured reserve; Yakupov to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

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Two injury updates in one post.

First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.

“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.

Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.

As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.