This morning, Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced that they have sent rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas down to the Albany Devils of the AHL, and have recalled forward Mike Sislo. While this move may seem foolish at first glance, being that Gelinas has 22 points over 44 games this season and is one of the best power-play specialists in the league, it is a move that makes sense given the situation.
With Dainus Zubrus suffering an injury in last night's 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars and missing most of the third period and overtime, he has been declared as questionable for tonight's game. The injury occured after he blocked a slap shot off the top of the knee where there is no protection. The Devils were already playing with just 11 forwards, rather than the usual 12 to make up four full lines, and they were rotating 7 defensemen rather than the usual 6.
The loss of another forward would make it very difficult for the Devils to put a competitive team on the ice tonight against the Nashville Predators. The Devils have also been making alot of roster moves with their young guys in the minors this season, so it appears to be Mike Sislo's chance... again. He had played in 7 NHL games earlier this season, but did not manage any points. Lou Lamoriello seems to be giving Sislo another chance tonight, especially is Zubrus in unavailable to play.
As for Eric Gelinas, I suspect that this move is short term. Lately, his play has not compared to how he was playing earlier this season. He has not had a point since they played the St. Louis Blues on January 21. After playing a few games in the AHL, hopefully re-finding his productivity, he should be recalled back up to the pros. Lamoriello did not give any timetable regarding how long Gelinas will be in the minors, but after Zubrus returns to full health or he finds his game again, Gelinas should be back in the Devils lineup.
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