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Flames coach livid about ‘dirty hit’ by Stars’ Eakin


Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley didn’t beat around the bush to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika about the check Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin delivered on Matt Stajan.

“That’s one of the dirtiest hits that I’ve seen,” Hartley said. “Those hits can end careers.”

Bold words. In case you want to judge that blow for yourself, Puck Daddy collected footage of the hit:

Eakin, 22, received two minor penalties on the play: one for interference and one for roughing.

Interestingly, Jarome Iginla dropped the gloves with Eakin during Monday’s 4-3 Stars win, but that came before the hit happened:

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.