Mike Halford

Report: Isles’ Petrov considering return to Russia


It took the New York Islanders a long time to get Kirill Petrov to North America.

And now, it sounds like he might be leaving.

Per sources of Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Petrov — who signed a one-year deal with the Isles this summer — is contemplating leaving the club’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport for a return to his native Russia.

Petrov, 25, was taken by the Isles in the third round of the 2008 draft, then spent several years playing for KHL club AK Bars Kazan before jumping the pond in July.

He stuck with the Isles throughout all of training camp and the preseason, ending up one of the last cuts prior to the start of the year. At 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, he’s an intriguing physical specimen, and did impress at times during the exhibition campaign.

Still, it wasn’t enough to make the Isles, who sent him to the American League in early October. Petrov’s time in Bridgeport was derailed by a broken right foot — which cost him six weeks.

All told, he has five points in 12 games.

Tippett tears into Coyotes — Lindback included — after allowing seven goals in loss to Columbus

Anders Lindback

Suffice to say Dave Tippett wasn’t too happy with last night’s 7-5 home loss to lowly Columbus.

“We’re a poor, poor team with the puck, we don’t defend very well and we got poor goaltending,” Tippett said, per Arizona Sports. “That leads to five, six, seven goals a night against. You’re never going to win in this league playing like that.”

“Their goaltender was struggling just as much as ours. It’s just disgusting.”


While there’s plenty to dig into here, it’s definitely worth noting Tippett took clear aim at Anders Lindback, who allowed four goals on 10 shots and exited after this ugly one:

Lindback, of course, was making his first start in the post-Mike Smith era. The Coyotes’ usual No. 1 netminder is out 8-10 weeks following core muscle surgery.

Lindback’s stinker couldn’t have come at a worse time (for him, anyway). Yesterday, we passed along AZ Central’s piece in which Coyotes GM Don Maloney expressed interesting in adding a goalie — especially if Lindback couldn’t get the job done.

“We’re looking at everything and anything,” Maloney explained. “We are looking. If there’s a way to get a top-end goaltender that’s a long-term value to the franchise, we’re willing to pay up an asset for that.”

It’s pretty obvious Maloney doesn’t want a repeat of last year, where poor goaltending — most of which was on Smith — played a big role in a disastrous campaign.

The Coyotes finished 29th in the NHL and suffered a lot of losses along the way, something the organization obviously wants to avoid this year with future faces of the franchise Max Domi and Anthony Duclair in the mix.


After Kruger hurt, Chicago recalls ’11 first-rounder Danault

Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks

Looks like the ‘Hawks have added some Marcus Kruger insurance.

The day after Kruger was hurt in a 4-0 win over Edmonton, Chicago recalled Philip Danault from AHL Rockford. Danault, 22, was the club’s first-round pick (26th overall) at the 2011 draft and made his big-league debut last year, appearing in a pair of games for the ‘Hawks.

This year, Danault has missed a ton of time following offseason hip surgery. It’s limited him to just six games with AHL Rockford, in which he’s scored a pair of points.

Danault will, presumably, be available for selection when the Blackhawks take on the Sabres in Buffalo on Saturday. No word yet on the severity of Kruger’s injury, or if it’ll sideline him for this weekend’s action.

Oh look, another injury for the Bolts

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On Thursday, Tampa Bay announced that forward Joel Vermin underwent successful hand surgery after blocking a shot during Monday’s win over Columbus, and would miss the next 6-8 weeks as a result.

Vermin, 23, opened this season with the Bolts’ AHL affiliate in Syracuse, but was recalled recently due to injuries to a number of key forwards: Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin, Cedric Paquette and Erik Condra.

A former standout with Bern of the Swiss League, Vermin had appeared in six games for the Lightning this season, recording one point.

Now that he’s out hurt, the club’s been forced to recall another farmhand from the Crunch: Mike Angelidis, who’s appeared in 10 games for the Bolts over the last four years.

All these injuries have, unsurprisingly, left head coach Jon Cooper with some pretty makeshift lineups. In the aforementioned game against Columbus, Tampa Bay skated the likes of Vermin, Jonathan Marchessault and Mike Blunden.

Boston could release Pastrnak for World Juniors

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Sounds like David Pastrnak could participate in his second straight World Junior Hockey Championship.

Per CSNNE, Pastrnak — Boston’s 19-year-old talent that scored scored 10 goals and 27 points in 46 games as a rookie last season — could be loaned out for this year’s tournament, like he was last December.

Pastrnak played exceptionally well for his native Czech Republic at the ’15 tourney, scoring seven points in five games.

Currently sidelined with a fractured left foot — he’s missed the last 20 games, dating back to Oct. 31 — Pastrnak’s recovery could coincide with the start of this year’s World Juniors, which is being held in Helsinki.

“The next part is the conditioning element to this, and what’s best to get him back to full speed,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney explained. “The World Juniors are a component to this, but we’re looking at all options as to what’s available between now and when we would have to make a drop-dead decision based on the holiday roster freeze.

“That will happen over the next day or so.”

Pastrnak has appeared in 10 games for Boston this year, scoring two goals and four points.