Zach Hyman of Toronto Maple Leafs suspended 2 games for hit on Charlie McAvoy

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has been suspended two games for his hit on Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Saturday night in Boston. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety called the play by Hyman a “late, forceful, high hit” that came well after McAvoy had played the puck. The league also called it a “predatory hit,” but cited Hyman’s lack of previous fines or suspensions for the decision to suspend him only two games. Hyman, in his third full NHL season, was given a five-minute major for interference and…

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Minnesota Wild recall Luke Kunin as fill-in for hurt captain Mikko Koivu

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Luke Kunin from the AHL. The Wild made the move Sunday, giving them a fill-in for captain Mikko Koivu, who has a lower-body injury. The team announced his status as day-to-day. Koivu took a knee-on-knee hit Thursday at Calgary and was held out Friday at Edmonton. The Wild, who host Montreal on Tuesday night, have lost five of their past six games. Kunin has eight goals and seven assists in 21 games for Iowa this season. The 15th overall pick…

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Antti Raanta of Arizona Coyotes out indefinitely with lower-body injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta is out indefinitely and could miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury. Coyotes general manager John Chayka said Sunday that Raanta underwent a procedure on the injury that revealed more damage than originally thought. Raanta was placed on injured reserve this weekend, though Chayka said the 29-year-old could be out for the rest of the season. Raanta has been limited to 12 games due to injury this season and hasn’t played since leaving with a lower-body injury against Minnesota…

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Humboldt survivor Ryan Straschnitzki in Alberta bus accident

CALGARY, Alberta — Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki was a passenger on a bus that was rear-ended by a truck on his way home from physiotherapy. Tom Straschnitzki, Ryan’s father, told The Canadian Press that his son suffered no injuries in the accident that happened this past week. “All good,” he told The Canadian Press. “That was a tougher call than April 6.” Ryan Straschnitzki, 19, was one of 13 survivors April 6 when the Humboldt team bus was hit by a semi-trailer at an intersection north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.…

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Anaheim Ducks sign GM Bob Murray to two-year contract extension

The Anaheim Ducks have extended general manager Bob Murray’s contract for two seasons. The extension announced Saturday means that Murray is now under contract through the 2021-22 season. Murray is in his 11th season as executive vice president and GM. He joined Anaheim in 2005 as senior vice president of hockey operations. He has been a three-time finalist for NHL general manager of the year and won the award in 2013-14. “It’s an honor to work for a great organization, led by terrific ownership,” Murray said in a statement. “Having…

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Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan (concussion), Matt Duchene (lower-body) both on IR

OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan has a concussion and is joining Matt Duchene on the Senators injured reserve. Senators’ general manager Pierre Dorion says both were injured in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Montreal. Ryan is out indefinitely and Duchene will miss a week or more with a lower-body injury. Ryan has six goals and 12 assists, while Duchene has 12 goals and 22 assists in 29 games. Source link

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Calgary Flames’ Ryan Lomberg suspended for one game

CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary Flames forward Ryan Lomberg has been suspended for a game and coach Bill Peters fined $10,000 by the NHL for a confrontation at the end of a game with the Minnesota Wild. Lomberg went after Matt Dumba when the Wild defenseman steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund in the final minute of Calgary’s 2-0 victory Thursday night. Instigating in the final five minutes of the game resulted in Lomberg’s automatic suspension and Peters’ fine. The NHL also said Friday that Flames captain Mark Giordano is to have…

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Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano suspended two games, Ryan Lomberg one

CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano was suspended for two games by NHL on Friday night for kneeing, while Flames forward Ryan Lomberg was suspended for a game and head coach Bill Peters fined $10,000. Giordano, the Flames’ captain, was assessed a tripping penalty after kneeing Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu on Thursday night in the third period of the Flames’ 2-0 home victory. Late in the game, Lomberg went after Matt Dumba when the Wild defenseman steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund. Instigating in the final five minutes resulted in Lomberg’s…

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Why (and how) the NHL should expand the playoffs

10:30 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Wysh List publishes every Friday. They talk amongst themselves, these NHL governors at their board meetings. Dinner plans. Gossip. Yachts, probably. But they also talk about the things they’d like to see happen in the NHL, even if they know they’ll be summarily voted down by the current commissioner and his firewall of hand-picked loyalists. For example, expanding the Stanley Cup Playoffs by four teams and expanding the bracket out with four play-in games, once Seattle enters the NHL in 2021. One Eastern Conference…

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Fantasy hockey forecaster for the week of Dec. 10-16

Every once in a while during the NHL season, I like to strip away all the extraneous goaltending statistics to see how the field looks at its most basic level, namely 5-on-5 hockey. For fantasy purposes, of course, the results we get are going to factor in all the power plays, penalty kills and overtime stats. That said, how goaltenders fare when everything is even on the ice is usually a very good indicator of how they’ll perform going forward. Obviously, goaltenders on teams with bad penalty kills or those…

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