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Isles face decision on de Haan, Niederreiter

10/5/2010

Yesterday, head coach Scott Gordon spoke briefly of his remaining decisions to trim his roster to the legal NHL limit. That likely means weighing the future of Nino Niederreiter and D Calvin de Haan this week.

Based off of little more than the team's injury situation, I'd think Niederreiter has a great shot at sticking for the full season. If he's sent down either before or after his nine-game trial period, it's likely because the team is focusing on the future rather than the present. de Haan on the other hand faces a little steeper climb due to the team's additions to the defense over the offseason and his need to get good ice time in order to continue his development. That likely means he'd need to crack the top four defensive slots.

And finally, some good news from the ice this morning as the team Twitter feed tweets that Niederreiter is back and practicing after undergoing some examinations following a pair of slashes from Mike Cammalleri. Yesterday, the NHL served Cammalleri with a one-game suspension for the chops.

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