Nords Short-Handed vs Sabres
(1991 - Vol. X)
Two games in, and Quebec has been hit by both the injury bug, and league disciplinarians. In the Nordiques season open victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, both Scott Stevens, and Scott Mellanby were suspended four games for their part in a tough contest. In a game two shut out loss to the Hartford Whalers, the Nordiques saw both Bob Brooke, and Jeff Finley leave the game with injuries. Head Coach Ken Dryden gave an update on his lineup as his team plays host to the undefeated Buffalo Sabres.
'Both Scott's (Stevens and Mellanby) are obviously out tonight as they still have three more games left in their suspensions. Bob's injury was worse than we first thought after the game the other night. He's going to be out long term, we're looking at 2-4 weeks. We were hoping Jeff would be ready to go tonight; but the trainer's have told us he's not quite 100%, so he won't play tonight. We'll re-evaluate him before our next game.'
With four key regulars out of the lineup, the team has re-called forwards Craig Simpson, and Bob Halkidis from Frederiction - both will be in the lineup tonight. The duo skated on a line with Derek Smith in practice; but Dryden indicated things may change during the game.
'Simpson and Smith will see regular time on the 4th line tonight; but most likely with Sakic. We're a little short-handed tonight, so Halkidis will play minimally....if at all. We're playing one of the top teams in the Conference tonight, so we don't want to throw guys into situations they may not be ready for yet. Fuhr will get the start again, and we'll go with six defenseman.'
GM Andy Leblond was on hand to announce another move by the Nordiques. The team signed forward Paul Gardner today to a one-year, $250,000 contract. Leblond did indicate the deal will be official pending league approval. Gardner played with the Blues last season, scoring 4 goals, and 12 assists in 56 games. The move gives the team another depth forward up front.
'We're happy to be able to add Paul Gardner to our team. He'll be a good fit with our lineup, and he'll be able to handle being in and out of the lineup. We felt that with Brooke potentially being out up to a month, another veteran forward was needed in case anything else happens.'
Gardner isn't expected to get into the lineup tonight according to the GM.
'We're still awaiting official word from the league on Paul, so he won't be in the lineup tonight. If the deal becomes official, he should make his debut with the team against the Sharks. Ken and I will see where we're at after the game tonight.'