Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that John Moore (concussion), who practiced as the extra defenseman for the second straight day yesterday, passed his post-concussion test and could return to the lineup on Tuesday in Vancouver.
After practice, Moore said he had a “much better day today.”
Moore has missed the last four games due to a concussion he suffered in Columbus last week.
…with the way Diaz has stepped up in Moore’s absence, AV is going to have an interesting decision Tuesday night. If ready, I think Moore goes right back in as his ability to jump into the play offensively is a big part of AV’s system. Also, Moore is a lefty, which will allow better balance on the defensive pairs. So, to me the decision comes down to Diaz vs. Stralman. And in my opinion this really isn’t a decision at all.
…since the Olympic break, Stralman has struggled mightily with turnovers and blown assignments. And for an “offensive defenseman,” having just ONE goal in 74 games this season is pretty piss poor. But he does throw a mean hip check, so he has that going for him. Which is nice. Meanwhile, Diaz has been responsible defensively (a +4 in the past four games), aggressive shooting the puck (four shots on goal in Calgary) and one of the lone bright spots on the power play. Plus, Tuesday’s game is against Diaz’ former team the Canucks.
…the one concern with Diaz is his smaller stature. He seemed to get pushed around fairly easily before the Flames third goal Friday night, which left his man wide open to bang home the game tying rebound. Plus there has to be a reason he’s on his third team this season. Right?