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The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired veteran defenceman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth round pick in 2016 on Saturday.

According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues will retain $500, 000 of Leopold's $2.25 million salary. The 34-year-old will become a free agent at season's end.

General manager Doug Armstrong says the deal clears $1.1 million in cap space for the central division-leading Blues.

“We want to thank Jordan for his hard work and dedication while in St. Louis,” said Armstrong. “Jordan is a true professional, and we wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.”

The Blues called up defenceman Chris Butler from the AHL after the trade.

A report from the Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch says Blue Jackets defenceman Fedor Tyutin will be out for four to six weeks with an injury which could be a reason for the move.

Leopold has yet to record a point in seven games with St. Louis this season. The American has scored 66 goals with 144 assists in 659 career games with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Blues in his career.

He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round, 44th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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from today's sportsnet.ca:


30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman


1. If the NHL goes into Las Vegas, will it be an expansion team? There’s no need to answer that question now. With a couple years to wait, the league can decide if it will be expansion or if anyone needs to be moved.


2. Will the “dry scrape” survive the GM meetings? I personally don’t mind it, but there is concern about how many people are leaving.


3. With three-on-three overtime expected to be part of the discussion once again, an important thing to note is game length. Commissioner Gary Bettman has, in past meetings, indicated he does not want nights going longer. According to the American Hockey League, two more minutes of extra overtime has not increased game length in 2014-15. “Average time of game is up one minute so far this year, but in reality it’s down,” wrote AHL Vice-President, Communications Jason Chaimovitch in an email. “We do not include the shootout as part of game time, so last year the dry scrape (after OT) wouldn’t have counted, but this year (before OT) it does.”


4. Entering Thursday’s encounter with Boston, Montreal’s ice-time distribution on the power play was PK Subban (3:43 per game), Andrei Markov (3:29), Tom Gilbert (0:57) and Nathan Beaulieu (0:45). In Sergei Gonchar’s first game, Michel Therrien split up the Markov/Subban duo, going primarily with Gonchar/Markov and Gilbert/Subban. The ice-time went Subban (5:02), Gonchar (4:49), Markov (4:32) and Gilbert (3:55). Subban and Gilbert benefitted from a 2:11 shift, which boosted their total. Hard to imagine that cannon regularly being the third option.


5. In Montreal, there is debate now about Gilbert’s future. One thing about GM Marc Bergevin: he feels very strongly that you can never have too many defencemen, and, by adding Gonchar, he clearly believes Montreal didn’t have enough to begin with. The 40-year-old played 20 minutes in his debut, just his fourth game after missing the first 11 with an ankle injury. He’s been pretty durable (out just 17 games the past three years), but, at that age, can you afford to lean on him too heavily?


6. Gilbert, for the record, does not have no-trade protection. There was a lot of interest in him last summer in free agency. One of the pursuers was Detroit, although if Joan of Arc shot right, we’d be linking her to the Red Wings even though she died 600 years ago.


7. Bergevin made two roster changes (Travis Moen and Rene Bourque) almost immediately after word was he wanted to force Jiri Sekac into the lineup. This happens from time-to-time. Most GMs will tell you the coach deserves the right to set the individual game roster. A manager’s power is in creating that roster. (I’ve written before that one GM explained how, a few years ago, he traded two players so his coach would play younger guys. That duo is still together.) Besides, getting Sekac into a regular spot is working for everyone.


8. Watched Bergevin and Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois on a panel last week at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. Some good life advice from both. BriseBois talked about how he shuts off his phone for one hour each weekday night during dinner with his family. That’s not easy for some executives (and reporters). “If it’s really an emergency,” he said, “people know to call me at home.” Bergevin: “If you are in your job for the money or the benefits, you look forward to Friday afternoon. If you’re in it for the passion, you look forward to Monday morning.”


9. Bergevin also had a great goodbye line: “If you have the urge to call me…fight it.” So far, no problem.


10. One of the reasons Jim Nill moved quickly? In his Dallas appearances, Gonchar’s ice time was fifth, fifth and sixth (by one second) among defenders. He was, at best, Lindy Ruff’s fourth option on the power play, and John Klingberg, making his NHL debut Tuesday, got 1:36 with the man advantage. It took Gonchar three games to reach that total. He is one of the NHL’s nicest people, but wouldn’t be happy in that situation. Nill was smart to move before it turned bad for everyone.


11. The Stars are 2-0 since the trade, impressively holding the Kings to just five third-period shots in Thursday night’s win. That is a good first step in eliminating some bad habits. One opposing coach: “They love track meets…willing to trade chances…they do have skill and are always four in the rush. Smart/patient/grinding teams counter-punch them and make them defend.”


12. The Stars are in a bit of a tough spot. Owner Tom Gagliardi did his part, spending on the roster. They gave Anaheim all the Ducks could handle last April and were a trendy dark-horse pick for 2015. They’ve got one home win. (“If you’re going to stink,” Gord Stellick always says, “Stink on the the road.”) My sense is Nill sees they’re getting there, but aren’t as ready to contend as the organization would like, especially on the back end. That’s why, in a desperate search for right-handed defenders, Klingberg gets the first chance, not an external acquisition. Better to save your assets if you believe the solution could be in-house. Klingberg looked really good against the Kings.


13. As the Ducks navigate through mumps and injury, GM Bob Murray indicated he will try to get through this without making a short-term move — even in goal. John Gibson is out another month with groin trouble. That leaves the net to Frederik Andersen and Jason LaBarbera, who came off the bench to beat Los Angeles 6-5 in a terrific shootout Wednesday night.


14. Not sure Edmonton can afford to be as patient in net. Wondered about an Ilya Bryzgalov return, but that appears unlikely. They are looking to see what’s out there, but Oilers are being careful. There’s no point in a short-term move for long-term cost either in goal or at centre.


15. Do not be surprised if Buffalo is also looking for a goalie or two, but on a more long-term basis. Both Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are free agents after this season. Is either the Sabres’ long-term solution?


16. Scouting appearance that raised eyebrows: Ottawa’s Pierre Dorion at St. Louis/Rangers and Edmonton/Buffalo last week. Dorion obviously has a scouting background, but isn’t always out there, which is why it was noted. It’s no secret the Senators and Sabres, in particular, have spoken several times.


17. Definitely time for a fresh start for Colin Greening, in the lineup just four times this season. The Senators could have traded him before his September 2013 contract extension— it’s believed the Rangers and St. Louis were among those interested — but decided to keep him. Now, that makes it tougher.


18. Former St. Louis goalie coach Corey Hirsch on Ryan Miller: “Rollie Melanson has got him playing a lot smarter. He’s playing a little deeper in his net and not attacking so much. Teams were starting to pass around him he was so aggressive…He’s a deep thinker for a goalie, you always have to explain why something will or won’t work for him. He’s still very talented, but I thought he was really behind in new goaltending techniques and saves.”


19. Can you give more detail on that? “Yes, his post work…. Rollie’s a big one-knee down on the post guy. (Miller) is using it at the proper times now. On net drives only. He used to use it everywhere.” Hirsch added that Miller also occasionally raised his knee in the butterfly, which opened his five-hole. Melanson has worked on that, too.


20. Ran that assessment by another goalie coach, who agreed with Hirsch, but added when Miller had a rare rough night against Los Angeles, he reverted to some old habits. So that’s the next challenge. This coach added: “How many practice days did Hirsch have with Miller once St. Louis got him?” It’s impossible to say for sure, but the Blues acquired Miller Feb. 28 and the regular season ended April 13. There were 21 non-game days, but some of those would have no practices. “It’s why I’m against trading for goalies late in the season,” the coach said. “If a guy needs to adjust to what you do, you’ve got no time.”


21. Chris Tanev, a restricted free agent next summer and unrestricted in 2017, hired Newport (Don Meehan) as his new agent this week.


22. Credit to David Amber for tipping me off to this one: Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau has some local endorsement interest, but agent Lewis Gross says he and Gaudreau are holding off. “Two-to-three weeks ago we weren’t certain he wasn’t going to be sent to the minors,” Gross said. “Once he gets himself more established, we’ll start thinking about it.” There’s a well-known story that Gaudreau needed to be bribed with Skittles when learning to skate. When it’s time, he’d love that connection.


23. After Connor McDavid’s injury, one of the questions that came up was: even if he’s ready for the World Juniors, should he rush back to play? First of all, good luck telling him he can’t go for gold when the tournament is in Canada. If you’ve ever broken your hand, you know that once it’s healed, it’s healed. If a doctor says he’s healthy, he’s going to play.


24. As the scrutiny on coach’s salaries continues, a couple of sources indicate Boston’s Claude Julien will eventually reach $3M per season in his new extension. That makes at least two to breach that barrier, Julien and Chicago’s Joel Quenneville. (Again: Patrick Roy is an unknown wild-card in all this.)


25. A lot of debate about the cap after The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported it may not go up. The league usually gives a preliminary estimate at the December Board of Governors meeting. Right now, it depends who you talk to. Some teams are pessimistic, while others are cautiously optimistic they’ll end up in the low 70s.


26. The biggest variable is the Canadian dollar, but, there are teams saying that, for the first time, they are uncertain what the NHLPA will do. Only once (2006) has the union failed to use its annual option that raises the salary cap by five per cent. The CBA also allowed for the new Rogers TV money to be applied in advance, but the players decided only half could be used, putting the ceiling at $69M, not $70M. How many teams needed that extra million?


27. Why only half? The players feel they are losing too much to escrow. That’s also why the NHLPA refuses to budge on cap relief for Slava Voynov while he is being paid; it doesn’t want that replacement counting against its 50 per cent. The league wants nothing outside the system, hence the stalemate. So, if you’re a team, you’re wondering, “Are the players worried enough about escrow that they won’t use all options to raise the cap? I’m not sure right now, but I’d better have a plan in case the answer is yes.”


28. One clarification on Carter Ashton’s situation: In the last 10 days of his suspension, 60 per cent of his hit goes back on Toronto’s cap. Under the new CBA, that’s when he can return to team activities, so there is salary impact.


29. December 5, the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs host the Toronto Marlies on Military Appreciation Night. Two dollars from every ticket sold will go the Marcus Cirillo Trust. There will also be an auction of the special jerseys, helmets and pant shells to be worn. Marcus is the son of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who died in in the National War Memorial shooting on Oct. 22. You can also donate by going to a TD Bank branch and asking to give money to the “Marcus Cirillo Trust.”


30. One brave fighter, Bryan Murray, told another brave fighter, Michael Farber, that the message everyone should learn from him is, “Get a colonoscopy.” Please allow an add to this idea: I have diverticulitis. Doctors diagnosed my cousin with the same issue, only to discover it wasn’t diverticulitis, but cancer. I wasn’t worried, but my wife and parents certainly were. A colonoscopy erased everyone’s fears. If you’re not going to do it for yourself, do it for your family.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer "has taken a turn for the worse" after suffering another stroke recently.

Mark Howe said Sunday his father's most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.

The younger Howe says chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.

He says the family is concentrating on making him as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.









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CHICAGO -- Trevor van Riemsdyk was ruled out of the rest of the Blackhawks' 6-2 win Sunday over the Dallas Stars after being struck in the left leg with a puck during the first period, an injury coach Joel Quenneville said would sideline the defenseman "for awhile."

"He's hurt pretty bad," said Quenneville, who couldn't give a more specific timetable. "We'll know more tomorrow."

Van Riemsdyk fell to the ice after being hit by a shot from Stars defenseman Trevor Daley at 6:18 of the first period. Van Riemsdyk appeared to struggle to put weight on his left foot, skated off the ice under his own power and shortly after went to the team's dressing.

The Blackhawks announced van Riemsdyk would not return to the game after the beginning of the second period.

Van Riemsdyk, who is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, has played in all 18 of the Blackhawks' games this season as a rookie. He has one assist, has a zero rating and has averaged 14:11 of ice time.

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The Minnesota Wild activated goaltender Josh Harding off injured reserve Monday, but subsequently placed the 30-year-old netminder on waivers.

The team announced the news via its official Twitter account Monday morning.

Harding has yet to play a game during the 2014-15 season after suffering a preseason injury that occurred when he kicked a wall and broke his right foot, according to a September report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Harding was suspended by the Wild after the incident, leaving 24-year-old Darcy Kuemper as the team's starting netminder. Kuemper is 8-5-0 this season with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.

Harding missed extended time last season while battling issues stemming from his multiple sclerosis.

He is in the last season of a three-year, $5.7 million contract, though Monday's development casts doubt on whether his NHL career will continue.

The Wild have won three straight games following Sunday's 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets.

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With a rash of injuries to their rearguard, Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed defenceman Kevin Connauton off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

Connauton, 24, has appeared in eight games this season for the Stars, tallying a pair of assists. A native of Edmonton, Connauton is in his second NHL season, after splitting time last year between the Stars and their AHL-affiliate Texas Stars.

All of defencemen Fedor Tyutin (lower body), Ryan Murray (knee) and Cody Goloubef (knee) are currently on injured reserve for the Blue Jackets.

In the second year of a three-year deal, Connauton is making $683,333 this season and is set to make the same in the final year of the deal before reaching restricted free agent status.

The Blue Jackets, seventh in the Metropolitan Division, host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

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Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke came to the defence of embattled Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel over his refusal to speak to the media after Saturday night's 6-2 blowout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

"Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?" Burke said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto.

Burke served as Maple Leafs' president and general manager from 2008 to 2013 and acquired Kessel from the Boston Bruins in 2009.

Following the Leafs' loss in Buffalo, TSN Radio 1050's Jonas Siegel approached Kessel for comment, but the 27-year-old brusquely refused.

The 59-year-old Burke had his own notoriously testy relationship with Toronto media and feels that Kessel is currently the target of undue scorn. Burke cited Anaheim Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin, a Leaf from 2009 to 2011, as a player who couldn't cope with the media crush in the city.

"It's a miracle some nights that these guys don't drill these guys," Burke said of the Leafs and the media. "There's a hailstorm after every loss and they don't care whether they get it right or not."

For his part, Kessel addressed the controversy on Monday.

"I think I've talked a decent amount," Kessel told reporters. "I'll come out sometimes to talk, but sometimes I don't. But I don't have too much to say about losses like that."

Kessel and his Maple Leafs return to action on Tuesday night when they play host to the Nashville Predators.

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Pavel Datsyuk is going through some serious groin pains.

The Detroit Red Wings center will miss Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after a flare up of the same injury that forced him out of the lineup for two games last week.

Datsyuk appeared in Detroit's past two games, recording one assist in over 18 minutes of ice time per contest. In 10 games, he has five goals and six assists.

A new timetable for his next return to the ice has not yet been made known.

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin injury, the club announced Tuesday.

Prospect Calvin Pickard has been recalled from the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters to serve as backup to Reto Berra in Varlamov's absence.

Varlamov is coming coming off consecutive road wins over the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and played in 10 of the Avalanche's past 13 contests. He did, however, miss three games earlier in the season with a similar injury.

The Vezina Trophy finalist is 4-5-4 with a .918 save percentage.

Berra, who will take over the lion's share of action in the Colorado net, is 2-1-1 with a .914 save percentage in six appearances.

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lobo316 wrote: "Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?" Burke said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto.

 

LOL I miss Burkie for comments just like that. Players should speak to the media, but the pussy media shouldnt throw a hissy fit when a player refuses to speak to them. How many times can a  player say "we need to be better" "we didnt get our feet moving in the first" etc. Unless you are interviewing Brett Hull, or someone like him who will provide something worthy to say, ask your question and if they don't answer you, get over it.

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the squared circle wrote: lobo316 wrote: "Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?" Burke said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto.

 

LOL I miss Burkie for comments just like that. Players should speak to the media, but the pussy media shouldnt throw a hissy fit when a player refuses to speak to them. How many times can a  player say "we need to be better" "we didnt get our feet moving in the first" etc. Unless you are interviewing Brett Hull, or someone like him who will provide something worthy to say, ask your question and if they don't answer you, get over it.


 

Yeah, things are boring here without Burke. My favorite Burke quotes are the ones about the Pittsburgh Penguin model for building a hockey team.

"Pittsburgh model my ass...........they won a god damn lottery."

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BOSTON -- David Krejci made his much-anticipated return to the Boston lineup Tuesday night, but the Bruins experienced further hits with injury setbacks to Brad Marchand and Adam McQuaid.

Marchand was scratched with an undisclosed injury he suffered during Saturday's game and defenseman Adam McQuaid left in the second period of Tuesday's 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues after receiving what appeared to be a right hand/arm injury.

Krejci missed the previous four games and nine of Boston's 20 games overall due to an ongoing, undisclosed injury. He saw his first game action since Nov. 6, logging 17-plus minutes of ice time and being reunited with linemates Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.

After the game, Krejci declined to discuss his health status in detail.

"I felt good," Krejci said. "And you know what, I don't want to talk about injuries anymore. I don't like the word. It's been a long time so I just talk about the positives things and those negative words, I just don't want to hear about it."

McQuaid appeared to get injured after blocking a shot by the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk early in the second period. He was stuck on the ice for another minute before he was able to leave the ice and head to the locker room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.

Afterward, Bruins coach Claude Julien did not have an update on McQuaid's status.

"They just told me he wasn't returning and I don't even bother asking at that point," Julien said. "I still have to see what it is, and even if I do go and see I don't think I'll get the total answer. These guys have to have a look at him first and assess the whole thing."

Staying on the ice has been a challenge for the injury-prone McQuaid in the past few seasons. He was limited to 30 games because of quad and ankle injuries last season. He got injured in a Jan. 19 game against the Chicago Blackhawks and, after numerous setbacks, he finally opted for surgery on his right ankle in May.

He arrived at training camp healthy and ready to produce this season. With so many injuries to the defensive core, McQuaid has played well and returned to form, but if his latest injury keeps him sidelined for an extended period of time, it will continue his recent run of back luck.

"Awful," Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "He had a tough injury last year, and to get that this year is not fun. He's very disappointed. He's been playing well, playing hard and he's just unlucky."

Numerous members of Boston's blue line have already suffered injury setbacks this season, including Zdeno Chara (knee), Torey Krug (finger), Miller (shoulder) and David Warsofsky (groin).

Marchand did not practice with the team on Monday, but was on the ice for the start of Tuesday's morning skate. He exited quickly, however, and Julien said the forward was not doing well and would not be available to play.

Defenseman Kevan Miller was activated from IR earlier in the day, but was a healthy scratch. To make room, the Bruins sent defenseman Zach Trotman down Providence of the AHL.

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LOS ANGELES -- Rocco Grimaldi played two hockey games in two leagues about 1,350 miles and 11 hours apart Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers rookie forward was only disappointed he couldn't get two wins out of his personal doubleheader.

Grimaldi suited up for the AHL's San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday morning, recording three shots on goal. He and his mother then hopped on a plane to Los Angeles, where he suited up for the Panthers as an emergency replacement for Aleksander Barkov.

"I felt pretty good out there," Grimaldi said after logging 10:36 in the Panthers' 5-2 loss to the Kings. "I grew up playing two, three, four games a day. I know this is a little bit different, but you've just got to be mentally prepared. I knew if I prepared mentally that my body would follow along."

Grimaldi's feat recalled similar doubleheaders in sports history.

Joel Youngblood got a hit for two different teams on Aug. 4, 1982, when he was traded by the Mets to the Expos during New York's game at Wrigley Field. He arrived at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium after Montreal's night game had begun and singled against Steve Carlton in the seventh inning.

Grimaldi, 21, was able to do double duty because the Rampage had a game that started at 10:30 a.m. for schoolchildren. Grimaldi was pulled out in San Antonio before the third period of the Rampage's 4-3 shootout win when the Panthers realized Barkov was out with an illness.

"We were up 3-2 when I left, and I was just getting ready to go back on for the third," Grimaldi said. "We had a penalty that had carried over from the second, and was getting ready to go kill it. Then I got pulled aside and (they) said I wouldn't finish the game. I was a little upset, but I'm glad the boys were able to finish the win in a shootout."

"I wish we would have gotten wins in both," he added. "That would have been really cool."

Grimaldi is a native of Rossmoor, California, just south of Los Angeles, who grew up playing roller hockey before he moved to Michigan for his teenage years. A second-round pick by the Panthers in 2011, the forward starred for the University of North Dakota and played for the U.S. team at last year's world junior championships before turning pro this year.

He played four games for the Panthers earlier this season before returning to the minors.

"I flew straight into L.A., so that really helped," Grimaldi said. "My mom and dad and a lot of friends were here (at Staples Center) tonight. My mom was actually there in San Antonio this morning watching the game, and then she flew back here, too. So she did a doubleheader, too."

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Claude Giroux isn't fine after all.

The Philadelphia Flyers' captain will miss Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers, and could be held out of Thursday's tilt with the Minnesota Wild with what's believed to be an ankle injury, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly.

The injury is thought to have occurred Monday at practice, and while the initial prognosis was that Giroux wouldn't miss any time, he remained bothered by the issue Tuesday. This prompted a re-examination by team doctors and reports of the star forward using crutches while wearing a walking boot.

"(Giroux) was examined by a doctor (Monday) night, and everything, and obviously not going to give the details, but everything looked fine at that point," general manager Ron Hextall relayed to reporters. "And then between (Monday) night and (Tuesday) morning, it didn't react the way we hoped, and further examination, and that’s when the decision was made to shut him down for a short period of time.

"I can't give you a definitive timeline but we don't expect it will be a long time."

Giroux, a Hart Trophy finalist last season, has recorded five goals and 16 assists in 16 games for the Flyers this season.

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Pascal Dupuis out for at least 6 months.

from tsn.ca:

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Wednesday that left winger Pascal Dupuis will be out for at least six months with a blood clot in his lung.

Dupuis, 35, will undergo treatment with blood thinners.

“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Penguins' team doctor, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, in a release. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal. The treatment is at least six months of blood thinners, during which time he will not be able to play hockey. Other than that, his condition is stable.”

Dupuis had been diagnosed in January of this year with a blood clot and underwent similar treatment. 

In 16 games this season, Dupuis has six goals and five assists.

“Our focus at this point is on Pascal’s health and well-being,” said Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford in a release. “He will have all the support he needs from the Penguins organization and our medical staff.”

Dupuis is in his 14th NHL season and eighth with the Penguins. He is in the second season of a four-year deal worth $15 million.



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