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Clarification on goalie situation

Posted Feb 2, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Feb 2, 2009 at 06:49 PM

Sorry for the confusion earlier gang, put in something, tried to update it and forgot to change some things I had already written. It happens when you strive for immediacy sometimes, especially on a travel day.

The team did not reveal until well after practice today that Mike Smith was injured and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. I tried to cram that information into the previous post.

Smith did not travel with the team today as he went to seek either some medical testing or a therapy of some type, according to general manager Brian Lawton, who did not rule out Smith joining the team in New York before tomorrow’s game and Rick Tocchet has not ruled anything out at this point.

Mike McKenna is with the team and he will suit up against the Islanders, whether he plays or not is up in the air. The official announcement on his signing is expected on Tuesday. Karri Ramo is expected to be here and if Smith is unable to play, he’ll suit up as well.

Lawton said the team has spoken to the league in regards to Ramo being with the team and possibly playing. While ther is no set rule against an AHL suspension being honored by the NHL, they generally abide by the suspensions. But because of the injury situation, Ramo is allowed to suit up, just as he did last Tuesday against against Montreal.

Sorry for any confusion, but there are a lot of shuffling parts going on here today.

Reader Comments

Por (Scott Reifsnyder) on February 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Not much has changed since Armwood 1989.  You still cant get it right.

Just messing with you.  It can happen to anyone on a travel day.

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Por (Brittany) on February 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Thanks for the clarification and getting us the information as quickly as you could, even though it ended up a bit jumbled, Erik.

Rest up Smitty! If anyone deserves a day off, it is him. Hopefully it isn’t too bad.

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Por (edward laugen) on February 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Is Ramo’s suspension over?  I am assuming it was in the AHL.  If smitty can’t start, then this will be a great opportunity for Ramo to step up big. We are 5.5 games out of a playoff spot (Florida has 5 more points than games while we have 6 less points than games) and we’ll need solid play between the pipes in order to have any kind of shot.  THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE CONTINUOUS UPDATES, ERIK!

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Get better Smitty!  Rest, rest, rest!

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Por (matt) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Wait a minute…... Smith is pissed after last Thur game because he lost it for his team, then on Fri after coach pulls him(not so much bc of what he did)he goes off and has a hissy fit and injuries himself? How is getting hurt helping the team? It’s not like he hasnt allowed that many goals this season(or more) and I believe he was pulled bc of the situation in the game(not so much bc of his play) and they maybe wanted to get the rookie a few muinutes. Way to be a leader…...

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Por (lightning fan) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mike Smith is probably my favorite player on the team BUT…....shame on him for his actions after he was pulled.  If those actions led to his injury, then that is horrible.  Come on Mike, you are not a back up anymore.  You are one of the main leaders on this team and everyone is counting on you!  Time to act like a starting goaltender.  Hurry back!

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You guys are crazy!  Smitty has passion for the game, Smitty has heart.  Does anybody else on this team feel like playing?  Let me think of another player that is upset about what is happening to the team and how the team been playing?  I remember Marty using f words….just recently….and our damn captain is just proud of visiting montreal locker room recently.  So I agree with Smitty’s actions because I cannot stand this team right now.  I will still go to the games, I will still be the fan, but c’mon! How can you all blame Smith for ANYTHING at this point!

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Ok ok, Smitty is my captain and it is not the way captain should behave but for God’s sake what have Vinny done lately????  They should have pulled Smitty after 4 goals, ok, 5, but not 6, this was a horrible call by COACH! none of this would have happened if they pulled him earlier!!!

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Por (Brittany) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I would rather have a goalie who shows too much emotion than one that shows none at all. Smitty is probably the most competitive player we have and at least he actually cares whether we win or lose.

Sure, he probably shouldn’t flip his lid like that, but can you really blame him? Everything in that game was a joke (disallowed goals, players giving up in front of him). I would be knocking stuff over and throwing things too.

Now we also don’t know that is how he hurt himself, this could be a nagging injury. But I love his passion, even if it is what got him hurt this time.

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Brittany, do you want to bid on hockey and hearts on Smith/Emminger and split the cost:-)?

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Por (NotSoFastMyFriend) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Smitty did not hurt himself after being pulled or it would be obvious to a beat writer that his hand is injured. Put 2 and 2 together here folks….he is staying home for further “testing” and “therapy”. If those types of things are needed for a hand, you would notice him favoring it or something similar. This has NOTHING to do with what happened against Philly. Trust me.

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

upper body can mean head, you are saying?

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Por (Bolt Fan) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Don’t be too hard on Smith.  When no one else on the team was doing anything at all, he kept the team in games to give them a chance to win.  Unfortunately, neither the offense nor the defense had the same view of trying to win.

Hewas, and may still be, very tired becase there isn’t a really good back up for him.  It’s unfortunate that he exploded when he was pulled, but would you really want someone out there that didn’t care if he was out there or not?

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Por (NotSoFastMyFriend) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Katya, all I am saying is put 2 and 2 together. It was a stretch to think he would have done enough damage to his hand or arm and EE not notice him favoring it or whatever. He was grasping for straws and missed big time. I told you it had nothing to do with what happened in Philly and the latest blog entry confirms that.

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Por (Brittany) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Haha, Katya, if I had the extra money I would be all over that one! Usually the funny guys are the ones who get the highest bids (I think last year it was O’Brien and Roy), so I bet Smitty gets a pretty good amount. grin

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

well, if anybody is interested, let me know, we can split it three way since the winner gets to bring 2 guests! let me know - katyawebb@gmail.com

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Por (Katya) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Tocchet said the news he’s heard about Smith’s unspecified upper body injury is positive, so it might not be a long wait for his return. He also said the injury did not occur during or after Friday night’s game against Philly.

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