It appears Rick DiPietro’s trip to the American Hockey League won’t affect Tim Thomas’ relationship with the New York Islanders.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe spoke with Bill Zito — the agent representing both Thomas and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask — who said that DiPietro going on waivers (then clearing, then being sent to AHL Bridgeport) won’t spur Thomas back into action.
Zito also still represents Tim Thomas, Boston’s former No. 1 goalie whose rights were traded three weeks ago to the Islanders. But the Bruins won’t see Thomas in the Islanders net or on their bench Tuesday night.
According to Zito, the two-time Vezina winner remains in Colorado with his family, still undecided whether he wants to resume his NHL career.
“Nothing’s changed,’’ Zito said. “I got a lot of calls and e-mails last week when [the Islanders] put [Rick] DiPietro on waivers. But nothing’s changed with Timmy.’’
In DiPietro’s place, Kevin Poulin was recalled from Bridgeport to serve as Evgeni Nabokov’s backup — which may be partly why there were questions about Thomas’ potential return.
Poulin was solid at times in his season debut — Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Carolina — but is only 22 years old, and hasn’t shown a ton of consistency at the AHL level.
GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now
Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.
“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.
Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?
Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”
Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.
Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.
Next four games: Three out of four at home Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.
As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.
For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.
He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.
Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).
That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out
This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:
With Ovechkin out, Caps lines look like this: