Update on our NHLers
Throughout the winter months read: the hockey season Telegram sports keep a running tally of stats on all the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians playing abroad and publishes them in the paper weekly. To those of you who look for it: its coming. For those of you who havent seen it before: look for it. In the meantime, heres a little stats update from yours truly on of our five boys in the NHL. (If you find someone missing, drop me a line) Starting with our Stanley Cup winner, Dan Cleary to date has been on pace to do about the same as last year. Through eight games the pride of Riverhead has a pair of goals and a pair of assists. He is, however, a disappointing -4. But its still early. Note to any TSN staff reading this (hah!): update your Danny Cleary mug shot. In Boston, Michael Ryder has but up six points (1G, 5A) in his first eight games as a Bruin (much to John Browne and Brendan McCarthys delight, I might add). A notoriously weak defender, Ryder is an impressive +4. But, again, its still early. Ryane Clowe, back from a surgery shortened season in 2007-08, leads all Newfoundlanders in the big league with three goals all power play markers and three helpers for six points. The biggest news on Clowe isnt his point production however, its getting knocked out by Tampa Bays Ryan Malone in a game on Saturday. Ive watched the video a few times now trying to find a way to save grace for the Ferryland product. But it cant be done. Malone nailed him with a left hook and dropped him faster than you can say Five for fighting and a game misconduct. Cant wait for the rematch! Tampa Bay and San Jose meet again Jan. 13. Mark it on your calendar. Set your VCR or PVR. Adam Pardy, the young fella from Bonavista, isnt getting much ice time in Calgary. In fact, hes not getting any. Pardy has skated in one game thus far; a 6-1 loss to Vancouver in the Flames season opener. On the upside, it looks like hell be sticking around as the seventh defenseman. And if the rest of the Flames defensive corps keep playing like they do between Aucoin, Regehr, Sarich, and Vandemere, there are four points and a combined plus-minus of -12 Pardy could find his way into the lineup. And finally, Labrador City native Dan Lacosta has only played 35 minutes for the Columbus Blue Jackets so far. He stopped 15 of 17 shots in relief of Fredrik Norrena at Nashville on Oct. 18 in his only action this season. But he is 5-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average in five games with the Syracuse Crunch. After No.1 netminder Pascal Leclaire went down with a sprained ankle Saturday, Lacosta was recalled from Syracuse and could see action in Leclaires estimated one-week absence.