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NHL All-Star voting leader Scott put on waivers

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For the second time this season, the Coyotes have waived John Scott.

Of course, this latest transaction is a bit more complex than the first.

Scott, as you may have heard, currently leads the NHL in All-Star Game voting, despite the fact he’s only appeared in nine games this year, averaging 6:16 TOI while registering just a single point.

The first time Scott was waived was in early October, as the Coyotes looked to create some roster flexibility.

After he cleared, the team was able to move him to and from its AHL affiliate in Springfield for 10 games (or 30 days, whatever came first) without him having to go through waivers again.

But a demotion to Springfield never came, as the club made it clear Scott would stick at the NHL level.

“John’s here and he’s not going anywhere,” coach Dave Tippett said at the time, per Arizona Sports.

Scott, 33, played in last night’s 7-5 loss to Columbus, and took three roughing penalties.

Related: Tippett tears in Coyotes — Lindback included — after allowing seven goals in loss to Columbus

 

That was quick: Rangers demote Skjei after ‘frustrating’ loss to Wild

Brady Skjei, Joe Morrow
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Brady Skjei’s time with the New York Rangers will be brief.

On Friday, the club sent its prized d-man prospect back to AHL Hartford, just one day after Skjei played his second NHL contest — a 5-2 loss in Minnesota, a game that fellow blueliner Marc Staal called “frustrating.”

Skjei, 21, was New York’s first round pick (28th overall) in 2012.

He made his NHL debut in Tuesday’s win over Edmonton but, after playing just 15:17 last night and taking the penalty that led to Jason Pominville‘s eventual game-winning goal, he’s been returned to the Wolf Pack in favor of Chris Summers.

Summers, 27,  is expected to make his season debut tonight in Winnipeg. His cap hit plays a role; Summers is a smaller hit than Skjei, and the Rangers needed space to recall goalie Magnus Hellberg from Hartford to replace Antti Raanta.

Raanta was hurt during last night’s game after taking a slap shot to the mask.

 

 

Report: Isles’ Petrov considering return to Russia

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It took the New York Islanders a long time to get Kirill Petrov to North America.

And now, it sounds like he might be leaving.

Per sources of Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Petrov — who signed a one-year deal with the Isles this summer — is contemplating leaving the club’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport for a return to his native Russia.

Petrov, 25, was taken by the Isles in the third round of the 2008 draft, then spent several years playing for KHL club AK Bars Kazan before jumping the pond in July.

He stuck with the Isles throughout all of training camp and the preseason, ending up one of the last cuts prior to the start of the year. At 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, he’s an intriguing physical specimen, and did impress at times during the exhibition campaign.

Still, it wasn’t enough to make the Isles, who sent him to the American League in early October. Petrov’s time in Bridgeport was derailed by a broken right foot — which cost him six weeks.

All told, he has five points in 12 games.

Tippett tears into Coyotes — Lindback included — after allowing seven goals in loss to Columbus

Anders Lindback
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Suffice to say Dave Tippett wasn’t too happy with last night’s 7-5 home loss to lowly Columbus.

“We’re a poor, poor team with the puck, we don’t defend very well and we got poor goaltending,” Tippett said, per Arizona Sports. “That leads to five, six, seven goals a night against. You’re never going to win in this league playing like that.”

“Their goaltender was struggling just as much as ours. It’s just disgusting.”

OK!

While there’s plenty to dig into here, it’s definitely worth noting Tippett took clear aim at Anders Lindback, who allowed four goals on 10 shots and exited after this ugly one:

Lindback, of course, was making his first start in the post-Mike Smith era. The Coyotes’ usual No. 1 netminder is out 8-10 weeks following core muscle surgery.

Lindback’s stinker couldn’t have come at a worse time (for him, anyway). Yesterday, we passed along AZ Central’s piece in which Coyotes GM Don Maloney expressed interesting in adding a goalie — especially if Lindback couldn’t get the job done.

“We’re looking at everything and anything,” Maloney explained. “We are looking. If there’s a way to get a top-end goaltender that’s a long-term value to the franchise, we’re willing to pay up an asset for that.”

It’s pretty obvious Maloney doesn’t want a repeat of last year, where poor goaltending — most of which was on Smith — played a big role in a disastrous campaign.

The Coyotes finished 29th in the NHL and suffered a lot of losses along the way, something the organization obviously wants to avoid this year with future faces of the franchise Max Domi and Anthony Duclair in the mix.

 

After Kruger hurt, Chicago recalls ’11 first-rounder Danault

Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks
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Looks like the ‘Hawks have added some Marcus Kruger insurance.

The day after Kruger was hurt in a 4-0 win over Edmonton, Chicago recalled Philip Danault from AHL Rockford. Danault, 22, was the club’s first-round pick (26th overall) at the 2011 draft and made his big-league debut last year, appearing in a pair of games for the ‘Hawks.

This year, Danault has missed a ton of time following offseason hip surgery. It’s limited him to just six games with AHL Rockford, in which he’s scored a pair of points.

Danault will, presumably, be available for selection when the Blackhawks take on the Sabres in Buffalo on Saturday. No word yet on the severity of Kruger’s injury, or if it’ll sideline him for this weekend’s action.