More pregame stuff from the head coach.
“I’d like to see him play, but I’m still not sure. … I just don’t know (about the opener). If there’s any question about it lingering, he won’t play (tomorrow). He probably won’t play. I mean, why? Why put us into that type of spot?”
On Prospal’s right knee, which had surgery last season:
“It’s still aggravating him. Christensen will be in that spot with Frolov and Gaborik and you may even see—God I give you guys so much information (smiles)—you may even see Stepan in there as well.
“It is a concern. I’m not going to lie. It’s a concern because it’s been lingering and we all know Vinny; he’s dying to get in there. But yesterday he skates and it’s just aggravating to him right now. So we’ll see where it goes. Not during the skates, but after, it tends to flare up a little bit.
“Vinny won’t play tomorrow … In a perfect world you want guys getting some time, but those are things we can’t control. I’m not worried about his conditioning, I’m not worried about anything about him, where he is attitude-wise. You like to get some game action; that’s important during the preseason. But it’s out of our control.”
He went for tests today, expect the results tonight.
“I worry about (having Prospal on opening night). Yeah. You don’t play any exhibition games and it keeps on coming back, so sure it’s a concern.”
“I have no idea when Dru will be back. I believe he’ll probably end up on the IR to start, but you never know about that. We want it to heal. We want to get it straightened out so it’s not a situation where we hurt him more and it’s more of a problem during the year. So me, not a doctor and not conferring with the doctors the past few days, I would think he’s going to start the seaosn on IR. But we’ll see where it goes.”
”(Having both centers out), with your lineup, it’s an ongoing thing. It will be ongoing for the whole year.”
On Todd White:
“He’s been OK. He’s been OK. Todd’s going to play (tomorrow). He’s one of those guys that’s on the bubble as far as where he fits with the team. … I want to give him a chance with some offensive people tomorrow. By no means am I saying he’s out of here. But he’s been OK. He hasn’t been great, but we still have to give him an opportunity. He’ll play tomorrow.”
On whether there are still decisions to be made, or if he kind of knows what his roster will look like after final cuts:
“There’s still some decisions; not only decisions as far as whatever the number we’re going to keep, but also where they sit within the team if they are going to be here. So these are still important games for some people as we try to give them more looks. I think we have a good idea, but in a couple of positions, staying and also where they fit with the team, we still need to look.”
On the unusually long break between tomorrow’s preseason finale and Opening Night a full week later:
“Yeah, I do (like that). What you have to do in the NHL is, you set up your preseason a year before. So (we) did it this way. I like the conditioning, and keeping the team without games and traveling, putting the games in the middle … it’s a lot of days. I thought maybe three or four. This is a lot of days, but it also gives me a chance to maybe give them a day off, too. So I like doing it this way, the exhibition games in the middle and both ends wide open.”