NHL: No disciplinary hearing for Wild’s Coyle after Stajan hit


Minnesota rookie Charlie Coyle won’t face a disciplinary hearing for his hit Tuesday night on Calgary’s Matt Stajan, according to an NHL spokesman.

Coyle, 20, was given a five-minute elbowing major for this hit late in the second frame:

Stajan didn’t return for the remainder of the period, but did come back to play 5:49 in the third and 27 seconds in overtime.

On Wednesday, Stajan told reporters he passed concussion tests, but was still experiencing jaw and neck pain from the hit.

“[Coyle] obviously came right at my head,” Stajan told the Calgary Sun. “I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re trying to get out of this league.”

Coyle’s hit garnered the following reactions on Twitter:

Coyle has no previous record of supplemental discipline, though that designation doesn’t mean much given he’s only played seven career NHL games.

Stamkos strikes; Lightning take care of Sabres

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Steven Stamkos had been shut out for the first five periods (plus overtime) of the season, but that drought didn’t last much longer.

Stamkos scored his first of the year in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

The 25-year-old buried a rebound past Buffalo’s Chad Johnson at the 8:53 mark of the third period to extend Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-1.

As you can tell by the video above, it won’t be Stamkos’ most memorable goal, but it’s good to see him get the first one out of the way.

There aren’t many guys who have a nose for the net like the Lightning’s captain, as he, Rick Nash and Alexander Ovechkin were the only players to hit the 40 goal mark last season.

Erik Condra, Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown also scored for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay will play their next game on Oct. 12 against the Boston Bruins.


Kings’ AHL affiliate gives Emery PTO

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Ray Emery has agreed to join the Ontario Reign on a professional tryout, according to a team release.

The Reign are the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Emery attended Tampa Bay’s training camp on a PTO, but he was released after the team claimed Kevin Poulin on waivers from the Islanders.

The 33-year-old had a 10-11-7 record with a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .894 save percentage in 31 games with the Flyers last season.

Even with starter Jonathan Quick struggling, it’s hard to envision this move leading to a return to the NHL for Emery.

The Kings have Quick and Jhonas Enroth with the big club, while veteran Peter Budaj was signed to a two-way contract on Friday.