Author: Mike Halford

Video: Gerbe hurt, won’t return after big hit from Clifford

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Carolina forward Nathan Gerbe was forced from Sunday’s game against Los Angeles midway through the first period, after a heavy check from Kings forward Kyle Clifford.

Gerbe had to be helped off the ice by teammates and stayed off for the remainder of the frame. Teammate Brad Malone stepped in to fight Clifford, and the pair both received majors — Clifford wasn’t penalized for the actual hit.

Late in the first intermission, Carolina announced that Gerbe wouldn’t return to the contest.

The 28-year-old had gotten off to a slow start this year, with just one goal and three points in 19 games, but is a lineup regular that averages over 15 minutes per night.

Bruins claim Ferraro off waivers from Detroit

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Landon Ferraro has a new home.

Ferraro, who’s spent his entire career with the Red Wings organization, has been claimed off waivers by the Bruins. The move comes after the 24-year-old appeared in 10 games for Detroit this season, going scoreless with seven penalty minutes.

The son of longtime NHLer-turned-analyst Ray Ferraro, Landon was the 32nd overall pick in 2009 but spent most of his time in AHL Grand Rapids, never really claiming a full-time spot with the parent club, though he did play in all seven of Detroit’s opening-round playoff games against Tampa Bay last year.

With Boston, he could get an opportunity for a more significant role.

The team is dealing with some injuries up front. Chris Kelly is basically done for the year with a fractured femur, David Pastrnak is out with a foot injury and Frank Vatrano is dealing with an upper-body ailment.

Of course, Ferraro is dealing with a knee injury of his own, so it’s unclear when he’ll be available for the B’s.

Preds claim Granberg off waivers from Toronto

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One of the NHL’s deepest bluelines has added more depth.

Per ESPN, the Nashville Predators have acquired Leafs d-man Petter Granberg off waivers. Granberg, 23, has appeared in eight career games for the Leafs but none this season, having torn his Achilles in June while training in his native Sweden.

Granberg was initially put on waivers so the Leafs could try to send him down to the Marlies.

A fourth-round pick in 2010, Granberg has spent most of the last two years in the American League, and that’s presumably where he’ll land within the Preds organization. The club’s defense is tremendously deep at the NHL level, so a trip to Milwaukee seems inevitable.

After Pavelec hurt in Doan collision, Jets recall prized prospect Hellebuyck

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Could an unfortunate incident lead to a changing of the guard in Winnipeg?

We’re about to find out.

After Ondrej Pavelec was injured in a collision with Arizona’s Shane Doan on Saturday night, the Jets recalled prized goalie Connor Hellebuyck from AHL Manitoba.

Hellebuyck, 22, is considered one of hockey’s brightest young netminding prospects. An AHL All-Star last year, he impressed onlookers playing for Team USA at the 2015 Worlds, winning seven of eight games — including one over Pavelec and the Czechs in the bronze medal game.

Hellebuyck finished the tourney with a 1.39 GAA and .948 save percentage, putting him on the All-Star team alongside the likes of Brent Burns, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jaromir Jagr, Jason Spezza and Taylor Hall.

This year, Hellebuyck has a .927 save percentage and 2.41 GAA for the Moose.

As for Pavelec, the Jets have yet to update his condition, but it doesn’t look or sound good — per CTV, he left last night’s game on crutches.

The Ducks had some pretty alarming comments after last night’s blowout loss

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Troubling times in Anaheim.

Again.

The Ducks, now sitting 11th in the Western Conference, had some rather revealing things to say following their latest sour note of the season — Saturday’s ugly 5-0 loss in Tampa Bay, their fifth defeat in the last seven games.

After 60 minutes were up, both players and coaches were blunt about what’s wrong with the team.

Reading between the lines wasn’t necessary.

“Once they got the second goal, it was like ‘Ah, we’re not going to come back.’ There was no fight left in us,” Bruce Boudreau lamented, per the O.C. Register. “That’s the bothersome part for the coaches.”

And as if Kesler’s and Boudreau’s comments weren’t enough, captain Ryan Getzlaf called out the team’s lack of consistency, saying the Ducks have to “build something where we’re finding a way to play the right way.”

It’s easy to see what Getzlaf’s talking about.

After a horrific 1-7-2 start to the year, Anaheim looked as though it’d righted the ship by winning four straight. But that run was followed up by more spotty play — and a three-game losing streak — before the team took to the road for a four-game swing.

Wins in Carolina and Florida had the Ducks thinking it could be a successful trip, but punctuating it with a horrific loss in Tampa Bay left the team with more questions than answers.

Chief among those questions?

How much longer Boudreau has left.