Equipment trainer Tony DaCosta basically spent the night at Scotiabank Place cleaning equipment and taking inventory of what assistants Brent Proulx and Matt Benz needed to bring up from Minnesota. The equipment arrived in Ottawa at 9 a.m., but it's a mess.
The team lost some medical supplies, but the video equipment was saved. Anton Khudobin has been called up and could conceivably start, Chuck Fletcher said, if Niklas Backstrom or Josh Harding don't feel comfortable. I'd tend to doubt this, but we'll see.
A lot of the coaches stuff was burned also, so Todd Richards is wearing extra skates from Marek Zidlicky today and Bob Mason is wearing Guillaume Latendresse's extra skates.
Here's an inventory, and some are a bit comical:
Zanon-Lost a ton, but not his knee brace
Stoner-Skates and pants only saved
Koivu-Everything lost but skates
Havlat--Everything lost, but they found a set of skates he used to wear in Chicago and put on a new blade
Hnidy--Everything gone, and two left skates burned
Sheppard--Everything gone, except, get this, his contacts and a mouthguard
Schultz-Everything gone, had skates picked up at his house that he wears in pond hockey and he went to Play It Again sports to buy shoulder pads he likes
Also, the flu is circulating again, and I can attest because I had to stay in Montreal yesterday sick as a dog. Robbie Earl is out tonight. Eric Belanger is questionable. Andrew Ebbett will have to return, and if Belanger can't play, John Scott would have to play forward.