Finally spoke to JM about why Rostislav Olesz was sent down to the minors on Sunday. Says the 21-year-old needs to find confidence in his game, and he thinks that will happen in the great city of Rochester, N.Y. Well, unlike with the Panthers, at least Olesz will be around a winning team for a while.
The Americans are killing folks, and rolled Springfield 8-0 the other night. The Panthers go weeks without scoring eight goals, so, good for Rusty.
Joe Nieuwendyk isn't sure sending down Rusty is the answer, saying as his teammate (and friend) they failed him. He says when Olesz comes back next week (JM says he's meeting the team in Montreal on Monday) the team needs to do a better job of helping him out. Like to see a guy standing up for a teammate.
David Booth is the newest member of your Florida Panthers, called up from Rochester to take Olesz's place on Nieuwendyk's line. Booth, a recent Michigan State grad, is thrilled with the callup. With Olesz out until Monday, it looks like Booth gets a longer stay than recent callups Larman, Sprukts or Jacina have.
-- It's not very often fourth-line center Greg Campbell is in the spotlight, but he is today. At least on NHL.com. CLICK HERE TO READ YAH?
-- If you ever come up to Boston for a game at the Gahden, you got to have lunch/dinner/postgame at the Fours. It's a nice little sports bar with some of the best sports bar memorabilia I've seen south of Gretzky's joint in Toronto (they have Gerard Phelan's Cotton Bowl jersey from 1985 hanging over the front door. Phelan, if you remember, caught The Pass from Doug Flutie in the Orange Bowl way back when. And I still hate him/them for it.) Also, the Clam Chowdah is terrific. Went there for lunch today. Again, good times.