Surprising injury news at practice this morning as Cam Talbot was out with an unspecified injury.
Alain Vigneault would not say whether it happened during his relief effort in Game 5 against the Canadiens.
…when a goaltender comes off the bench cold, he’s very prone to a muscle pull which is likely the case here. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and Talbot will be back on the bench for Game 1 on Wednesday. If Talbot can’t go, Hartford goaltender David LeNeveu, who has been skating as a Black Ace, will serve as the back-up.
…obviously this isn’t a huge deal because if the Rangers needed to rely on Talbot to win this series, the Rangers are likely screwed anyway.
In some positive injury news, JT Miller (shoulder), who didn’t practice, should be back in a few days.
…similar to Talbot, you hope that Miller isn’t needed, but he brings some nice depth that AV will feel comfortable turning to in case of an emergency.
Miller’s importance will intensify even more if the NHL decides not to overturn Dan Carcillo’s 10-game suspension.
Carcillo met with Gary Bettman on Friday to appeal the suspension, but the NHL commissioner has yet to make a decision. Word on the street that the ruling could come down tomorrow.
Carcillo has already served three games of the suspension.
…Bettman better re-instate Carcillo immediately as it’s beyond ridiculous to give a player 10-games for an incident initiated by the ref.