The banged-up Los Angeles blueline got some good news on Monday as Alec Martinez was told he’d be playing against Nashville, his first game since suffering an upper-body injury on Feb. 11.
Martinez, 25, is set to replace Davis Drewiske on the Kings’ blueline and, in doing so, will become the first of LA’s three injured regulars to return to action.
Fellow banged-up blueliners Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene remain sidelined with knee and back ailments, respectively.
Martinez had been playing a vital role for the Kings prior to getting hurt, averaging nearly 19 minutes per game (a career-high) and had 1G-1A-2PTS through 11 games.
It’s been a tough campaign for Martinez injury-wise.
During the lockout, he suffered a scary injury after taking a puck to the face while playing for TPS Turku of Finland’s SM-liiga. The puck fractured his cheekbone, an injury that required surgery and a month on the shelf.
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.