Tom Gulitti has tweeted the following:
Fayne and Josefson are playing Saturday vs. Rangers. Were already told. Not official, but looks like Larsson and Loktionov coming out.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) October 18, 2013
Wow. This is…puzzling to say the least.
I understand keeping Stephen Gionta in for now because he and his line played exceptionally well yesterday. I suppose DeBoer didn’t have much choice except take Mattias Tedenby out. Why not? It’s what he seems to always do with Adam Larsson.
Adam does not deserve this by any stretch of the imagination. Here is a scratch count:
Larsson – 2
Peter Harrold – 0
Why Peter Harrold gets to start every game is beyond me especially since Pete DeBoer publicly stated in the preseason that him and Mark Fayne were battling for a spot.
The New Jersey Devils were also rewarded the day off minus a small group of skaters. This was not a mandatory off day as they took their CBA-mandated, once a week, day off on Monday after the game in Winnipeg.
While the team didn’t play horrifically last night, they are still (technically) 0-7. They have a game tomorrow and they will likely have a light skate in the morning.
Also these optional skates are bugging me and I was talking to a follower on twitter about it too. These practices should not be optional anymore. Today would have been a great day for a mandatory, light skate because of the game yesterday and players are likely tired.
Things need to be fixed, and today nothing was fixed. The 7 players that skated today were Cory Schneider, Rostislav Olesz, Adam Larsson, Mark Fayne, Andrei Loktionov, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson.
Out of 88 votes, 61 said fire DeBoer last time. Let’s see if that number changes.