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Petry undergoes sports hernia surgery, out 12 weeks

Montreal ruled Jeff Petry out for the remainder of the season last month, but there is some news on the veteran defenseman’s health — per the club, Petry underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Wednesday morning, and will need an estimated 12 weeks of recovery time.

Petry, who’s currently in the first of a five-year, $33 million deal, was a key cog on the blueline this season. The former Edmonton Oiler came to Montreal at last year’s trade deadline and immediately impressed, with seven points in 19 games and another three in 12 playoff contests.

That effort led GM Marc Bergevin to retain Petry before he could hit free agency. Petry responded with 16 points through 51 games this year, and was averaging over 21 minutes a night prior to getting hurt.

Liles to have hearing after illegal check to Kucherov’s head (Video)

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Recently acquired B’s defenseman John-Michael Liles will have a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov from Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

The incident occurred early in Boston’s eventual 1-0 win. Liles wasn’t penalized on the play and Kucherov, while briefly shaken, did remain in the game and finished with over 16 minutes of ice time.

Following the contest, Liles addressed the hit.

“I didn’t think I came up high with it. I thought I just tried to step into him. I don’t know if he was falling or if he ducked. Obviously he was down for a while. I didn’t see a replay on it so I’m not really sure,” said Liles, per CSNNE.com.

“I’m not trying to hit him up high. Most guys, I can’t even reach their heads. Just trying to do my job at the blue line, to step up and just get a piece of him. I didn’t think my elbow came up high at all.”

 

Video: After ‘shocking’ altercation with Polak, Nurse to have disciplinary hearing

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Darnell Nurse‘s actions on Tuesday night have earned him a meeting with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

After jumping Roman Polak late in San Jose’s 3-0 win over the Oilers — a move described as “kind of shocking” and “terrible” by various members of the Sharks — Nurse has been scheduled for a Thursday disciplinary hearing under Rule 46.2 (Aggressor).

Per the NHL rule book, the infraction reads like this:

The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.

A player must be deemed the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.

A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct. A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation for statistical and suspension purposes.

A player who is deemed to be both the instigator and aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct (instigator) and a game misconduct penalty (aggressor).

Nurse wasn’t given an instigator on the play, but did receive a fighting major and roughing minor.

Needless to say, the Sharks were displeased with the rookie d-man’s antics.

“It was terrible,” Logan Couture said, per CSN Bay Area. “I was right on the bench. Roman accidentally trips [Matt] Hendricks. I guess he stepped on his stick, I don’t know. Then he’s trying to change. Nurse has the puck, shoots it at him, drops his gloves and jumps him.

“Roman didn’t even have his gloves off. Our guy jumped onto the ice because Roman was coming off. Then [Nurse] starts punching him and Roman couldn’t even defend himself. It’s clearly an instigator and I’m sure he’ll be suspended.”

Devils sign Brown University leading scorer Lappin

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College free agent season is upon us, and the Devils got into the action on Wednesday by agreeing to terms with Brown University standout Nick Lappin.

Per GM Ray Shero, the Devils have inked Lappin to a two-year, entry-level contract — one that begins in ’16-17. For now, Lappin will play with New Jersey’s AHL affiliate in Albanty on an amateur try-out deal.

Lappin, 23, just wrapped a four-year career with the Bears, leading the team in goals (17) and points (33) this season. He was also named to the All-Ivy League first team, serving as one of the team’s assistant captains.

Lappin is the son of ex-NHLer Peter Lappin, who appeared in games for both the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks in the late 80s and early 90s.

Coyotes’ Tinordi suspended 20 games for PEDs (Updated)

during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on February 15, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.
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Arizona blueliner Jarred Tinordi has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program, the league announced on Wednesday.

“Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment,” the NHL said in a release. “The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.”

Tinordi, 24, was acquired by the Coyotes from Montreal in January and has appeared in seven games for Arizona, averaging just under 15 minutes per night.

The former first-round pick is the second player to be suspended for performance-enhancing substances this season. Back in late January, Anaheim veteran Shawn Horcoff was also banned for 20 games for violating the program. Previously, Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton and Buffalo center Zenon Konopka had both been suspended 20 games each for similar infractions.

With just 16 games left in the Coyotes’ season, Tinordi is done for this year and will (presumably) have his suspension carried over to the ’16-17 campaign.

UPDATE: Tinordi has released the following statement through the NHLPA…

“I am extremely disappointed that I failed a test under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

“I did not knowingly take a banned substance.

“I understand, however, that I am responsible for what enters my body as a professional athlete and I accept the suspension. I will work hard towards my return to the ice and will learn from this frustrating setback.”​

Coyotes GM Don Maloney also issued a brief statement through the club’s senior director of news content: