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Trade: Minnesota acquires Bergenheim from Florida

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The Minnesota Wild have made their second trade in as many months, acquiring veteran forward Sean Bergenheim from Florida in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Minnesota will also receive the Panthers’ seventh-rounder in ’16.

Bergenheim, 31, has been on the outs in Florida for a while now — a healthy scratch in each of the last six games — as GM Dale Tallon looked made a trade. While he has been productive (18 points in 39 games, averaging 14:09 TOI), Bergenheim wasn’t in Florida’s future plans as the club looked to move forward with its youth movement, especially at forward.

He’ll certainly have more of a role in Minnesota. Bergenheim will replace some of the forward depth lost with Ryan Carter, Matt Cooke and Jason Zucker all sidelined with injury.

Bergenheim is in the last of a four-year, $11 million deal (a $2.75M cap hit) signed with Florida in 2011. Per ESPN, the Panthers aren’t retaining any of his salary in this trade.

As mentioned above, this is the second deal Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has orchestrated recently. Back in mid-January, he pulled off the season-altering Devan Dubnyk deal, getting the goalie from Arizona for a third-round pick as well.

With Miller reportedly out 4-6 weeks, Canucks ‘confident’ in Lack

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With Ryan Miller reportedly out 4-6 weeks due to a lower-body injury suffered Sunday on Long Island, Canucks GM Jim Benning addressed reporters today ahead of tomorrow’s game in Boston.

Benning was vague on Miller’s prognosis, saying more evaluation was needed before a timeline for return could be provided.

“He’ll do an MRI in the next couple of days and we’ll know where he’s at,” Benning said (audio). “We won’t know the extend of it until he gets the MRI done. We’re hoping it won’t be too long, but we’ll have a better idea in the next couple of days.”

In the meantime, the Canucks have recalled Jacob Markstrom from the Utica Comets.

Markstrom, acquired from Florida in the Roberto Luongo trade, is among the AHL leaders with a .932 save percentage in 26 appearances. His play in the minors has many wondering if he could be the Canucks’ full-time backup next season.

“He’s had a real good year down in Utica,” said Benning. “[He] deserves a chance to come up and help our team win. … We think he’s made great strides in his game, so this will be a good opportunity to get him up and see where he’s at.”

But for now, the Canucks are Eddie Lack’s team. The popular 27-year-old has a respectable .917 save percentage in 20 appearances, which is actually higher than Miller’s .913 mark in 44 games.

“When we started the year, we wanted to have depth in goal for this very situation,” said Benning.

“Going into the season, when we signed Ryan, we wanted an experienced goalie in this marketplace. (But) Eddie was the number-one goalie at the end of last year, so he can carry that load for us. We’re confident in him. He’s played well for us this year.”

Cowen suspended three games for Jokinen headshot

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Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen has been suspended three games for a high hit on Florida’s Jussi Jokinen, Sens head coach Dave Cameron confirmed.

Here’s the hit in question, which occurred during Ottawa’s 4-1 win on Saturday:

The incident happened early in the second period, with Cowen receiving an interference minor. Jokinen appeared to be shook up initially but didn’t miss any time, finishing the game with 16:21 TOI.

Cowen, 24, did have a history with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety as a repeat offender. Back in December of 2013, he was suspended two games for an illegal check to the heat of Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons:

As a result of today’s suspension, Cowen will miss Ottawa’s next three games: Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Los Angeles and Saturday in San Jose.

Video: Senators’ Cowen to have a hearing for high, late hit on Jokinen

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen is facing supplemental discipline for a late, high hit on Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen in Saturday’s game.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced via Twitter that Cowen will have a hearing with the league on Monday.

The hit occurred early in the second period, as Jokinen had entered Ottawa territory. He passed the puck off and didn’t appear to be expecting contact, when Cowen caught him up high with the hit. Cowen was assessed a minor penalty for interference. Jokinen was hurt on the play but remained in the game.

Video: Panthers lose in Ottawa, fail to move ahead of Bruins in Wild Card race

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There it was, an opportunity for the Florida Panthers to move ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.

A win would’ve done the job. The Panthers would’ve moved one point ahead of the Bruins, who have lost six in a row and will not have David Krejci in their lineup Sunday against Chicago. Instead, the Panthers lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

The Panthers jumped out to the lead in the first period, but surrendered four unanswered goals.

It could’ve been worse for the Panthers. Forward Jussi Jokinen was on the receiving end of a high, late hit from Ottawa blue liner Jared Cowen in the second period. Jokinen remained down on the ice, but did stay in the game.

Cowen was handed a minor penalty for interference. He fought Shawn Thornton two seconds after stepping out of the box.