After news broke earlier today that Jeff Zatkoff had injured himself in practice, and would be unable to continue, rumors swirled about how long the netminder would be out. While an exactly length hasn’t been given, Zatkoff has been placed on injured reserve and been replaced by emergency call-up Jack Campbell from the Ontario Reign.
To fill in for Campbell on an emergency basis, the Reign will dress Dusty Imoo tonight to back up his son Jonah Imoo. The elder Imoo is a goaltending coach for the Reign and was one the Olympic starter for Japan at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. He hasn’t played in a professional hockey game in almost a decade, when he skated for the Oji Eagles of the Asian League. The 46-year old will be cheering on his 22-year old son, who will be making his AHL debut.
- According to Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks, Trevor van Riemsdyk will not need surgery following his shoulder injury suffered Friday night. Instead, the defender will be out about a month rehabbing. Van Riemsdyk played all 82 games for the Blackhawks last season, notching three goals and fourteen points. The 25-year old was expected to be a big part of their blueline this season.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun spoke to Jets head coach Paul Maurice today, who said he still doesn’t have a definitive timetable on the return of Bryan Little, but should know more next week. Little was injured after a collision with the Hurricanes’ Bryan Bickell, and is out indefinitely.
- The Nashville Predators have come down with food poisoning, according to Adam Vingan of the Tennessean, causing them to call up five players on an emergency basis. Austin Watson, Frederick Gaudreau, Harry Zolnierczyk, Trevor Smith and Juuse Saros have all been brought up from the Milwaukee Admirals to play if some of the regulars can’t go. As James Neal said “We were going down pretty hard last night, I’ve never seen that many guys get sick.