You might assume that the Winnipeg Jets would have the harshest road schedule in the league given that they will once again play in the same division as the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the Dallas Morning news reports that the Dallas Stars will actually lead the league in air miles.
The Stars, a Pacific Division team that’s based out of northern Texas, will travel a total of 49,851 miles over the course of the 2012-13 campaign, based on the newly released schedule.
That’s pretty harsh and it will probably be brought up when the NHL reopens the issue of realignment. Had the original realignment plan been approved by the NHLPA, the Dallas Stars would be playing in Conference B with Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, and Winnipeg. That would have probably been preferable to the Stars from a travel perspective, but it would have also been an extremely tough conference to make the playoffs in.
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.
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.