Just in case you didn’t see it, the Florida Everblades have signed veteran NHL defenseman Brian Rafalski. Rafalski, 40, played on the 2010 and 2002 U.S. Olympic Hockey teams and won three Stanley Cups – two with New Jersey and one with Detroit.
Check out the link to the story below.
In other news. Stingrays goalie David LeNeveu has been called up to the Providence Bruins. He could actually get a start this weekend.
As reported by my close personal friend, Providence Journal sports writer extraordinaire Mark Divver, Providence goalie Malcolm Subban has an injured ankle and is questionable for the weekend. LeNeveu will most likely get in the net this time instead of just sitting on the bench and being a glorified doorman.
See below for some stats and info from our own Joey Z on LeNeveu.
According to a couple of different sources within the Stingrays organization, Jeff Jakaitis has not been contacted by any AHL teams thus far this season. I’m surprised by this, but I have not had a chance to ask Jeff myself, so I won’t believe it until I hear it from him. I find it hard to believe that JJ hasn’t been called because he’s having a career season and well on his way to winning another ECHL Goalie of the Year award.
As far as Florida.
It’s going to be hard for the Rays to win down there. Peter Boyd, who had been carrying the Rays offensive the last month, was called up to Bridgeport. Let’s be honest, the Rays don’t have any other go-to guys offensively. As a result, it’s going to be tough to go down to Estero, Fla., and come away with any points, but this team has proved me wrong before – like all season.
I’ve heard that help could be on the way from the AHL. Scooter Vaughan, maybe Scott Campbell and Jack Downing and even Chad Painchaud could return. But that probably won’t be in time for the weekend. Looks like Anthony Collins has fully recovered from his “upper body” injury and will be back on the ice.
The Everblades are without Matthew Pistilli, who was called up to Charlotte just after Christmas. Pistilli had been leading the ECHL in scoring when he got called up.
The two-game match-up will come down to goaltending. Can Jeff Jakaitis go down to Florida and steal a couple of points for the Rays?
It’ll be interesting to see.
As promised here’s some info on LeNeveu from Joey Z:
LeNeveu, 30, dressed in eight games with the Stingrays earning a 4-4-0 record, 1.64 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and is tied for second in the ECHL with three shutouts. The Fernie, British Columbia, native earns his second call-up to the Bruins this season, but has not appeared in a contest. Over a 10-year North American professional career, LeNeveu skated in 307 American Hockey League games with the Utah Grizzlies, Springfield Falcons, San Antonio Rampage, Hartford Wolf Pack, Iowa Chops and Oklahoma City Barons picking up a 121-149-26 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Last season, LeNeveu battled in 30 games with Linz EHC in Austria.
A second-round selection (46th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft, LeNeveu competed in 22 NHL contests with the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets registering a 5-9-2 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. He made his NHL debut with the Coyotes on October 6, 2005 suffering a 3-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings and later recorded his first NHL win on October 25 in a 5-4 overtime decision over the St. Louis Blues in Phoenix.
Here’s the link for the story on Brian Rafalski from the Naples Daily News
Here’s a story on this weekend’s series against the Stingrays.
Scouting the Everblades
Head Coach: Greg Poss (4th season) 236-88-27.
Record: 20-10-2, 42 points (3rd Eastern Conference)
NHL Affiliation: Carolina Hurricanes; Tampa Bay Lightning.
AHL Affiliation: Charlotte Checkers; Syracuse Crunch.
All-time series: South Carolina leads, 65-59-16
Season series: 0-1-0 (2012-13 season series)
GF: 3.47, (2nd)
GA: 2.91, (12th)
PP: 15.2% (11th)
PK: 86.8% (7th)
Top Scorer: FW Mathieu Roy (24 GP, 14g, 12a, 24 pts)
Top Goalie: Trevor Cann (7-4-0, 3.31 GAA, .885 save)
2013-14 Stingrays vs. Everblades
Nov. 16 vs. Florida 4-1 Loss