The Secret Life of Plante

After getting over his back troubles Alex Plante played a few games with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) but has been missing from the game summaries recently. I posted a request for info on HF and got this update today from Guy Flaming:

I spoke with Hitmen head coach Kelly Kisio about an hour ago and he confirmed CONCUSSION for Plante. I also spoke with Plante for about 20 minutes. He feels he’ll be back in about a week or so, hopefully before the Hitmen are back at Rexall on the 18th. He was running stairs at Rexall about an hour ago so clearly the brain must be feeling much better.Also confirmed that his back was not re-injured, it was all about his face (cuts) and head (concussion). The back is close to if not 100%, says he has some soreness once in a while but due more to “Having had to be Mr. Perfect Posture there for a month or so”. Hopefully he can get a break and stay healthy for the second half because the Hitmen could very well win the ‘Dub this year.

My thanks to Guy. His blog has been added to my list (“Coming Down the Pipe!”) of Oiler blogs and I’ll be adding a few more in the next week or so.

Another injury you should know about is Sebastien Bisaillon’s. It’s hideous. He was apparently cut on the back of his leg (or inner thigh) in a pileup and it is quite severe. Dan Hickling (a reporter for I believe the Portland Press Herald) had an interesting quote on the subject from Coach Buchberger: “No one loves the game more than ‘Bis’. He’s a kid that we all want to see do well. He’s got great potential. He’s a very offensive player. One thing you get with ‘Bis’ is that he’s got the will to battle. He has a great future. It’s unfortunate what happened to him. And he’s going to be very (sorely) missed. I know he’s got the team support. We went and visited him today. Everybody came out to see him. It says a lot about him, because guys flock to good people.

And it goes without saying that hockey coaches don’t say those kinds of things over most injuries. *Information gathered from allducks.com, hfboards and Guy Flaming.

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17 Responses to "The Secret Life of Plante"

  1. PunjabiOil says:

    Yeah, you hope he doesn’t miss too many games at this age. That’s what killed O’Marra, and Pouliot a bit too.

    MAP with a point tonight. He’s got 21 points in 26 games. He’s started to come around lately, but a bit of a concern – for a 3rd year professional, I was hoping he’d be above the PPG mark.

    Schremp is really having a good season in the AHL – of course he’ll have to work on some things as MacT noted, but I’m confident he’s at the very least, a 4th line guy with 1st line PP time.

    Liam Reddox is also having a fairly good season. JDD had a .919 SV%, while DD has improved to .906. Looking good between the pipes.

    Schremp propoganda aside, BBO does an excellent job updating the Springfield Falcons stats

    http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=441679

  2. PunjabiOil says:

    Check that, JDD’s SV% is .920 in 31 GP

    DD is .906 in 13 GP.

    The difference is the GAA (2.61 for JDD, 3.23 for DD).

    JDD is doing a mighty fine job, and has put himself in the top of the AHL goaltenders class. He turns 24 in May – you’ve got to be thinking he’s ready for an NHL backup spot behind Garon next year.

    Cut your losses with Roloson and buy him out, if you can’t swing a deal for anything. I’d also entertain a Sanderson for Samsonov swap. True, Samsonov has been terrible the past 2 years – but I get the feeling he’d improve the PP [even though his numbers, 0G-4A-in 23 GP] don’t back it up. However, it’s only costing you a net 1M for the rest of the season. You don’t see talent sinking that quickly – he’ll rebound. He has to. He’s only 30. What happened there?

    One question RE: Pouliot. His entry level deal ends in the summer. Do the Oilers have to qualify him at the 942,000 figure? And does that mean his contract will be one-way?

  3. godot10 says:

    //Cut your losses with Roloson and buy him out, if you can’t swing a deal for anything.//

    Since Roloson is over 35, I believe his cap hit counts next year whether you buy him out or not. Nothing wrong with keeping him as the backup.

  4. Jonathan says:

    I really don’t understand why the market for goaltenders has collapsed. By my count, Atlanta, Calgary, Carolina, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington all have some issues with either their starter or their backup, and the fact that a quality guy like Bryzgalov went for nothing, Joseph remains unsigned and guys like Roloson and Emery are untradeable is just ridiculous. (As an aside, you think Lowe’s frustrating- at least he goes into each season off-balance in a different position. Feaster’s had the same problem for more than three years now and has never adequately addressed it).

    I still think it’s a good bet that Roli gets moved at the deadline, even if the Oilers need to take some salary back in return.

  5. godot10 says:

    //I really don’t understand why the market for goaltenders has collapsed.//

    The market for everything has collapsed with the new collective bargaining agreement.

    There is little trading in the NFL and NBA also. Why trade when you can sign free agents.

    Which means GM’s have to be very careful about the free agents they sign. Souray, for example, was a massive mistake. Just as Colorado signing Smyth was.

    The New England Patriots mostly sign second tier free agents, and now since they are success, attract first tier free agents at a discount looking for championship rings.

    Lowe has this “make a splash” problem, and he has been unsuccessful at getting the best second tier free agents because he is late to the game (because he has been trying to play in the first tier pool and make a splash).

    Trading mostly disappears once you have a cap.

  6. Jonathan says:

    //The market for everything has collapsed with the new collective bargaining agreement.//

    Maybe so, but over the past couple of years, the better GM’s have been able to address problems via trade. Also, seeing as it’s a buyers market for goaltenders, there really isn’t any reason not to address the problem if you’re the GM in say, Carolina or Tampa Bay.

    For example, Tampa Bay had already allocated 2.8+3 million for the next two years to Marc Denis- who’s currently in the minors. I’m not sure if the ownership issues there have something to do with it, but they certainly have the cap room to replace Denis.

    My other example, Carolina, has Grahame’s 1.4 million contract in the minors. Certainly the Oilers should be willing to take him back to move Roloson, if they’re receiveing either a decent pick (3rd round?) or a useful player with some salary in return.

    Last year we saw some significant trades around the deadline, and I’m sure we will see that again this year.

  7. godot10 says:

    //My other example, Carolina, has Grahame’s 1.4 million contract in the minors. Certainly the Oilers should be willing to take him back to move Roloson, if they’re receiveing either a decent pick (3rd round?) or a useful player with some salary in return.//

    Grahame has negative value. He is an incompetent goaltender, having now failed as a backup for three teams (and with Carolina being a good team).

    The Oilers need a backup goaltender who can win games, because the West is so competitive, or they have no chance at the playoffs. One cannot surrender games because of an incompetent backup. It is far more likely that Roloson regains his form (since he had it once) than for someone like Grahame, who has never had it, will gain it.

    Unless one’s goaltender is named Roberto or Martin, one needs two competent goaltenders.

  8. Jonathan says:

    //Grahame has negative value. He is an incompetent goaltender, having now failed as a backup for three teams (and with Carolina being a good team).//

    Completely agree, which is my point really. The Oilers can leave him in the minors for all I care, but Carolina should be willing to take Roloson (who, based on age/salary/performance this season might be argued to have a negative value) in exchange and still give Edmonton a piece that would be an asset, either a decent draft pick or useful player.

  9. Bruce says:

    PJO:

    re: Samsonov, I’ve followed his career closely since I had him in my “keeper league” pool from his Calder Trophy-winning season until dropping him like a hot potato this past off-season. I don’t think he’s ever been the same since suffering a major wrist injury and bone graft surgery in October 2002. Up to that point he’d scored 0.75 PPG in his career and had missed 1, 3, 5, 0, and 8 GP in his five seasons. Since then he is 0.56 PPG and has missed 74, 26, 8, 19 and 18 so far in 2007-08. Of course the last two years that includes a lot of HS situations.

    His first five seasons remain the top five goal-scoring seasons of his career, likely due to that wrist. Since then he has had trouble shooting the puck; before that point he was merely reluctant to shoot it.

  10. K says:

    There’s an article on Plante in the Edmonton Sun today. Sorry no link– I’m at work, slow computer.

  11. Doogie says:

    It figures that I’d learn about Plante’s injury here, rather than from the Hitmen themselves. Thanks for the info, LT (and while concussion wasn’t my first guess, it did seem reasonable at the time).

  12. Shawn says:

    Why do people talk like Roloson is having an awful year. His save percentage is still above .900

  13. PunjabiOil says:

    ..because his .901 SV% is 31st in the league. Which is…awful.

  14. Pleasure Motors says:

    Unless one’s goaltender is named Roberto or Martin, one needs two competent goaltenders.

    Fuck, we need to get Martin Prusek over from Europe, quick. Think Columbus would take Pouliot for him?

  15. Asiaoil says:

    PJO – a .901 is not awful nor is it very good – just profoundly ordinary and good goalies have years like that….

  16. Doogie says:

    PJO – a .901 is not awful nor is it very good – just profoundly ordinary and good goalies have years like that….

    Yeah, but at age 38, is it something that is necessarily recovered from?

  17. Gare Joyce says:

    “The Secret Life of Plante” … hilarious, though possibly a trademark violation. Better not let Stevie Wonder see it.

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