Injury Updates for Carcillo, Gill and others

gill.jpgEarlier today I shared reports that Dan Carcillo might miss today’s game, but it sounds like his status has improved. More on him and the various Montreal Canadiens who may or may not be available in this injury update.

Carcillo a game-time decision. Ryan Parent and Michael Leighton will be back.

Here’s snippets from an report.Carcillo declared himself a game-time decision but, more than likely, he’ll be in the lineup with his team’s season on the line.

The Bruins lead this series, 3-1. He told the media that the decision to play would ultimately be his to make.

Two other noteworthy items out of Philadelphia’s optional skate Monday were defenseman Ryan Parent, who suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period of Game 4, will be in the lineup for Game 5. And Brian Boucher will be backed up by Michael Leighton for the first time in the playoffs.

Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek up in the air, Andrei Markov out

Gill briefly skated with the team today so it’s not impossible that he could play in Game 6.

The Montreal Canadiens defenseman left Game 5 of this series against the Penguins early in the third period after Chris Kunitz stepped on the back of his leg during a collision. He didn’t return in the final 17 minutes of the contest, but could dress for a pivotal Game 6 with his team trailing 3-2 in the series.

“We’re going to try,” Gill said after his skate. “I hope so. I have to talk with the trainers and then we’ll see.”

Andrei Markov skated but will not play while Jaroslav Spacek is a game-time decision, according to the report.

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    Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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    Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

    Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

    The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

    A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

    With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

    Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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    Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

    Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

    When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

    “It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

    It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

    While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.