Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sharks May Lose Grier, Roenick for Rest of Regular Season

As first relayed to me by DMZ Zalk in a comment on my last Sharks article from the San Jose Mercury News blog, the Sharks may be without the services of Mike Grier and Jeremy Roenick for the rest of the 2009 regular season. Here is the repost directly from the team website:

“Both are going to be out an extended period,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan.

In order to help shore up the front lines, Brad Staubitz and Lukas Kaspar were called up. Staubitz was in San Jose for the morning skate and skated in a line with Tomas Plihal and Jonathan Cheechoo. The top two lines remained in tact, but it appeared the third line could have a mix of Alexei Semenov, Claude Lemieux, Jody Shelley or Kaspar.

With Evgeni Nabokov still battling a bit of the flu, McLellan will put Brian Boucher in net for the evening’s match up against the Dallas Stars.

“Nabby won’t go tonight,” said McLellan, noting that his No. 1 will still be able to backup. “We wanted to play Boucher more and with Nabby not 100 percent, now is the time.”

This simply makes my suggested trades all the more necessary. The Sharks will have to replace Grier's defence and penalty-killing, as well as Roenick's fire. Ian Laperriere provides both.

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