The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo eight games for his hit on Kris Letang.
He will lose $73,170.72 in salary during the suspension.
Rinaldo received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for his hit during the first period of the Flyers’ 3-2 overtime win on Jan. 20.
Rinaldo waived his right to an in-person heading and had a phone hearing on Monday.
The 24-year-old is considered a repeat offender.
He was suspended four games last season for his hit on Sabres’ defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.
Rinaldo received a two-game suspension for dangerous hit on Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson in February 2012.
Letang, who is believed to have suffered a concussion as a result of the Rinaldo hit, practiced Monday and could be an option for the Penguins Tuesday when they play host to the Winnipeg Jets.
Rinaldo is eligible to return to the Flyers’ lineup on Feb. 17 when Philadelphia plays host to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Luke Adam has excelled at the AHL level, but he’s had trouble proving that he can be an effective forward with the Buffalo Sabres as well. The 24-year-old’s NHL pursuit was dealt another blow today when he was placed on waivers, per the team’s website.
Adam wasn’t able to stick around long enough to be one of the final selections as Buffalo still has 38 players left on its training camp roster, including 21 forwards. Instead, Adam was one of 13 players that the Sabres cut today.
Buffalo also sent forwards William Carrier, Dan Catenacci, Colin Jacobs, Justin Kea, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Kevin Sundher and Phil Varone to the AHL’s Rochester Americans as well as defensemen Brady Austin, Jerome Leduc and Chad Ruhwedel.
Brendan Lemieux was returned to OHL Barrie while Justin Bailey will report to OHL Kitchener.
Adam is the only player in that group that has to clear waivers. He signed a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $150,000 in the minors or $650,000 annually at the NHL level.
The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract.
From the press release:
Ruhwedel (5/7/90, 5’11”, 181 lbs) has played in 28 games for the Sabres since signing an entry-level contract with the club in April 2013. While playing for the Rochester Americans in 2013-14, Ruhwedel notched 28 points (4+24) in 47 regular-season games, which ranked him second among the team’s defensemen. He also appeared in five playoff games and recorded five points (2+3), which was second-most on the team.
With Ruhwedel done, the Sabres still need to get restricted free agent Tyler Ennis under contract for next season.
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