Dallas Stars

Stars’ Seguin is ‘a possibility’ tonight in Tampa

The Dallas Stars could have forward Tyler Seguin in the lineup tonight when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Seguin has missed 10 games with a knee injury.

“He’s a possibility,” Stars’ coach Lindy Ruff told Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News. “We’ll have him go for warm-up and make him a game-time decision.”

The 23-year-old has not played since Feb. 13 after taking a low hit from Flordia Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

The Stars have gone 3-5-2 in his absence.

Seguin had 29 goals and 59 points in 55 games prior to the injury.

The Lightning won the only other meeting between the two clubs 5-3 in Dallas on Feb. 5.

Sabres’ Johnson could be done for the season

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Goaltender Chad Johnson didn’t even get into a game for the Buffalo Sabres yet his season could be over.

The 28-year-old, who was acquired by the Sabres from the New York Islanders on Monday, suffered a lower body injury during the team’s morning skate on Friday and did not dress against the Ottawa Senators.

“Chad, unfortunately, hurt something lower body and he’ll be out for a while,” coach Ted Nolan said per The Buffalo News. “Not day-to-day, it’ll be for a while.”

The Sabres recalled Andrey Makarov and the 21-year-old backed-up Anders Lindback in the 3-2 loss to the Sens.

With 17 games left in the season, could Johnson’s injury be season-ending?

“It possibly could be,” Nolan said. “We’ll get our doctors to look at him, and we’ll see what happens.”

Johnson was 8-8-1 with a 3.08 G.A.A. and an .889 save percentage in 19 games with the Islanders prior to the trade.

Video: Lindback denies Puempel with desperation stick save

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Ottawa Senators forward Matt Puempel didn’t get the greatest shot off, as he was falling to his stomach. But he did manage to sweep the puck back toward what appeared to be a wide open net, only to be denied a goal after a desperation stick save from Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Lindback.

The save occurred during a scramble in front of the Buffalo net late in the first period, with the Senators trailing by a goal.

 

 

Debut delayed? Johnson doubtful, Sabres recall Makarov

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Acquired at the deadline from the Islanders, Chad Johnson was set to make his Sabres debut tonight against Ottawa.

But plans appear to have changed.

After suffering some type of undisclosed injury during today’s morning skate, Johnson has been listed as doubtful and, in a corresponding move, the Sabres recalled Andrey Makarov from AHL Rochester.

If Johnson can’t go, Anders Lindback would get the start and Makarov would back up.

One NHL GM thinks it’s ‘ridiculous’ how much ‘heat’ Chiarelli is taking

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Peter Chiarelli said a couple of weeks ago that he understands the scrutiny that he’s been put under by ownership and upper management as a result of the Bruins’ “down year.”

But at least one Eastern Conference GM doesn’t understand it at all, telling TSN’s Darren Dreger, “I can’t believe the heat he’s taking – it’s ridiculous. … There’s no question Chiarelli (if he were to be fired) would have a chance to work as soon as he wanted to.”

Now, to be sure, Chiarelli has opened himself up to criticism. Boston’s GM since 2006 has taken some gambles in recent seasons that haven’t paid off in a championship. And, yes, he’s the one who’s responsible for the “cap crunch” that made it “tough” to improve his team at the deadline

Chiarelli has also been criticized for trading away Tyler Seguin and Johnny Boychuk, and Boston’s drafting under his watch has been questionable.

At the same time…

—Stanley Cup champs in 2011
—Stanley Cup finalists in 2013
—Presidents’ Trophy winners in 2014

There are worse résumés out there.

Hence, the Eastern Conference GM’s belief that, should Chiarelli lose his job, “He’s a guy who would have enough interest from other teams, he will be able to sit and wait until there’s a right fit and there will be more than one offer.”

Related: Chiarelli says that trading Boychuk was tough, but important