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Zac Rinaldo

Bruins put Rinaldo (upper body) on injured reserve


The Boston Bruins announced that tough guy Zac Rinaldo has been placed on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.

It’s unclear how serious the issue is, or how it happened, although it’s possible that it happened during Monday’s overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers.

This may have been a situation that progressed as today went along:

Even with scant offensive production (just a goal and an assist in 26 games), Rinaldo tends to be a polarizing presence, so things might be a touch quieter around the Bruins without him.

No Dan Girardi (knee) for Rangers tonight

Dan Girardi, Tom Wilson

Tuesday presents a rare sight: the New York Rangers playing without defenseman Dan Girardi.

He’s day-to-day with swelling in his knee, so he’s not in against the Edmonton Oilers.

More than a few people joke that the Rangers are better off without Girardi, who only seems to draw more criticism as time passes. (Even Girardi acknowledged his struggles, although he implied that there’s been some improvement.)

If nothing else, Girardi’s been remarkably durable for a defenseman who isn’t shy about blocking shots.

Ducks send Khudobin to AHL after he clears waivers

Anton Khudobin

Anton Khudobin wasn’t claimed, so now the Anaheim Ducks just assigned him to the AHL.

It’s not surprising that Khudobin wasn’t scooped up, as his price tag is considerable. He carries a $2.25 million cap hit and $2.5 million salary in 2015-16.

The 29-year-old really hasn’t distinguished himself during the past couple seasons, mostly bombing out with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014-15 and Ducks in 2015-16.

As the OC Register notes, his future with the Ducks organization is a little fuzzy beyond this assignment. It’s reasonable to wonder about his future in the NHL beyond this season, as well.

Trade: Coyotes receive Christian Thomas, Habs get Lucas Lessio

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The Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens swapped prospects on Tuesday, as Christian Thomas heads to Arizona while Lucas Lessio is Montreal-bound.

Thomas, 23, had just recently recorded his first NHL points, but he was also sent down to the AHL. He was a second-rounder (40th overall in 2010 by the New York Rangers) with solid AHL stats.

Perhaps management decided that Thomas couldn’t quite make the cut as a main roster player after getting a short look at him with the big club?

Lessio shares a similar profile as Thomas. He’s 22 and was a second-rounder as well (56th overall in 2011 by the Coyotes) and even has similar experience (29 games for Lessio, 26 for Thomas) at the NHL level.

Both players will need to work up to the NHL level.

It’s been a fairly busy day for Montreal, as Carey Price spoke with the media about his recovery being on schedule and the team also waived Zack Kassian.

Chad Johnson shines in Sabres’ rare win over Red Wings


DETROIT (AP) Ryan O'Reilly and Johan Larsson scored 61 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

O’Reilly tied it 1-all at 15:46 when his deflected shot beat goalie Petr Mrazek between the legs. Larsson scored the go-ahead goal with 3:13 remaining, his first goal in 30 games since April 6 last season against Carolina.

Detroit had earned at least one point in 13 consecutive games.

Buffalo snapped an eight-game winless streak in Detroit with its first victory there since Oct. 13, 2006.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings got the game’s first goal at 4:01 of the second.

Pavel Datsyuk found Brad Richards in the right circle and he beat goalie Chad Johnson glove side.

In 22 career games against the Sabres, Datsyuk has nine goals and 13 assists.

Tomas Jurco had a chance to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead when he was awarded a penalty shot at 14:56 of the second, but Johnson made a glove save.

Mrazek made 28 saves while Johnson had 33.

O’Reilly has a point in eight straight games, with four goals and seven assists during that span.

The Red Wings have blown third-period leads in nine of their last 14 games.

NOTES: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green played in his 600th career game. . Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen remains the only NHL player with an average ice time over 20 minutes with no penalty minutes. . The Red Wings remain one win shy of their 800th at Joe Louis Arena.