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Emery released from PTO with Toronto’s AHL team

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For the third time this season, Ray Emery has been released from a professional tryout contract.

On Thursday, the Toronto Marlies — AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs — announced they’ve released Emery from the PTO he signed back in mid-December.

Emery, 33, was signed by the organization after injuries hit netminders James Reimer and Garret Sparks. He wasn’t able to secure much playing time, though, going 3-2-0 with an .888 save percentage and 3.00 GAA.

Prior to his time with the Marlies, Emery had been on PTOs with Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate in Ontario and, prior to that, on one with the Tampa Bay Lightning during training camp.

 

After heart issue, Gustavsson cleared to return to B’s ‘without any restrictions’

Jonas Gustavsson is ready to resume backup duties in Boston.

Sidelined prior to the All-Star break with an elevated heart rate — one that forced him to be hospitalized — Gustavsson has been given the OK by team doctors to rejoin the team.

“The final testing is complete and all results have been reviewed by the Bruins Medical Staff. Jonas has been cleared to resume full on-ice participation with the team without any restrictions,” the Bruins said in a release.

In a subsequent move, the club sent young goalie Malcolm Subban back to AHL Providence.

Gustavsson, 31, had a pair of surgeries in 2010 and 2011 for an abnormal heart rhythm when he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This latest issue occurred during a game against Anaheim on Jan. 26, in which he was forced to exit the contest after stopping 14 of 16 shots in the opening period.

On the year, Gustavsson has played in 15 games with a 9-3-1 record, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

Flames also disagree with Wideman suspension, say hit was ‘unintentional and accidental’

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Looks like the Calgary Flames are in lockstep with the NHLPA in their views of the Dennis Wideman suspension.

Not long after the players’ union confirmed it was appealing Wideman’s 20-game ban for hitting linesman Don Henderson during a game last week, the Flames released a statement of their own, through team president Brian Burke:

“We disagree with the severity of today’s suspension ruling and maintain that Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental.

“We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official.

“However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game. We will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”

This story has taken the league by storm today, and it’s unlikely to go away anytime soon. There’s been no timetable set for Wideman’s appeal hearing but, in a late twist on Wednesday evening, the league acknowledged that, following the game in which Henderson was hit, Wideman was diagnosed with a concussion.

Of course, the league also pointed out that Wideman refused medical attention after getting hit by Nashville’s Miikka Salomaki — the hit largely believed to have caused the concussion — and remained in the contest.

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NHL confirms Wideman was diagnosed with concussion after hitting linesman (Video)

NHL confirms Wideman was diagnosed with concussion after hitting linesman (Video)

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The Dennis Wideman saga took another turn on Wednesday evening.

In the video explanation for Wideman’s 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson, the league revealed that — after the Flames-Preds game in which the incident occurred — Wideman was diagnosed with a concussion, potentially suffered on a hit he took moments before colliding with Henderson.

“It is accepted for the purposes of this decision that he was later diagnosed as having suffered a concussion,” the NHL explained. “However, that fact even accepted as true, cannot excuse Wideman’s subsequent actions.

“First, although he appears to get up slowly from being checked, Wideman skates steadily and purposefully to his bench, taking a half dozen strides to get there. Wideman also demonstrates his continued awareness of his circumstances and surroundings when, upon approaching the Calgary blueline, he raises his stick and taps it on the ice to alert his teammates that he’s coming off for a line change.”

The hit Wideman took — delivered by Nashville’s Miikka Salomaki — was judged to be a “hard, legal check.”

It should be mentioned that 1) there’s been no confirmation that Wideman’s injury was a direct result of the Salomaki collision, and 2) the league made mention of the fact Wideman refused medical attention while on the bench, and remained in the game.

The video:

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NHLPA ‘strongly’ disagrees with Wideman suspension, will appeal

Yzerman, Chelios, Larionov, Hejduk added to Avs-Wings alumni game

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One of the greatest rivalries in NHL history will have plenty of familiar faces on hand later this month, when the Red Wings and Avalanche alumni meet ahead of the Feb. 27 outdoor game in Colorado.

More, from the NHL:

Detroit has added Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Darren McCarty, Igor Larionov, Ty Conklin, Manny Legace, Mathieu Dandenault and Mike Knuble to their roster.

Colorado has added Milan Hejduk, Dan Hinote, Valeri Kamensky, Mike Keane, Jon Klemm, Eric Messier and Shjon Podein to their roster.

The full, updated rosters:

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The alumni contest will take place on Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. MT. The game will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two
12-minute intermissions.