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Bergenheim wins medical grievance against Panthers, will receive full salary

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Injured Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim has won his medical grievance against the club and will be paid his full salary — retroactive to the lockout — according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Back in January, the Panthers suspended Bergenheim after he was unable to attain medical clearance for a lower-body injury thought to be suffered while playing for HIFK of Finland’s SM-liiga during the lockout.

The 28-year-old winger, in the second of a four-year, $11 million deal with Florida, proceeded to file a two-part medical grievance against the organization on the basis his injury originally occurred prior to the lockout, not while playing in Finland.

Bergenheim was set to earn $2.75 million this season but, according to the rules of the lockout, the club was within its rights to suspend any player (without pay) that injured himself playing overseas.

McKenzie also notes that Bergenheim will miss the remainder of this season as he’s expected to have surgery on his hip/lower abdomen.

A former first-round selection of the New York Islanders, Bergenheim scored a career-high 17 goals for the Panthers last season and led the team in playoff scoring with six points in seven games.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello
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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.

This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: