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Tinordi on waivers as his 20-game suspension for PEDs comes to an end

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With his 20-game suspension finally set to end, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi has reportedly been placed on waivers.

Tinordi, 24, was suspended late last season for violating terms of the NHL’s performance-enhancing substances agreement. He said he “did not knowingly take a banned substance,” but accepted the ban and vowed to “work hard towards my return to the ice.” After he misses tonight’s game in Brooklyn, he’ll have served 20 games.

A former first-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, Tinordi has spent most of his pro career in the AHL, though he does have 54 games of NHL experience. The big blue-liner was traded to Arizona in January, part of a controversial three-team swap that saw John Scott, the All-Star, sent to the Habs.

Tinordi played seven unremarkable games for the Coyotes before he was suspended. He’ll presumably be assigned to their AHL affiliate in Tucson should he clear waivers.

Related: NHL has ‘no reason to believe…the Canadiens acted inappropriately’ in Tinordi trade

Crosby: I’ve ‘never been approached’ about taking PEDs

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has long maintained that performance-enhancing drugs are not a problem for the league, going so far as to say that the “alleged benefits of steroid use — significant large muscle development — are not consistent with playing hockey at the highest level of the sport.”

Bettman’s claims have been disputed, and many have called for a tougher testing program.

But unlike baseball, hockey doesn’t have raging debates about whether certain players should be inducted into the Hall of Fame because they took steroids when everyone was taking steroids.

And no NHLer, to our knowledge, has ever been accused of needing a way bigger helmet compared to when he was a rookie.

According to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, he’s never even been approached about taking PEDs.

“You hear stories about the odd guy who tests positive,” Crosby told ESPN.com. “Seriously, I have never been approached. Not once [have I been] in a situation where somebody’s asked me if I wanted to use a certain substance or anything like that.”

He added that the biggest issue for NHLers is supplements.

“There are so many supplements out there, so many different countries,” he said. “What’s approved, what’s not. What’s accepted at the Olympics is different than [NHL guidelines], so you really have to stay on that.”

Ignorance was what Jarred Tinordi claimed for his recent 20-game suspension for PEDs.

“I did not knowingly take a banned substance,” the Coyotes defenseman said. “I understand, however, that I am responsible for what enters my body as a professional athlete and I accept the suspension.”

Shawn Horcoff, Carter Ashton, Zenon Konopka and Sean Hill made similar claims when they were suspended. Some believed them; some didn’t.

Regardless, the NHL will be happy to hear what Crosby said.

“There is no issue to battle,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly insisted to Postmedia earlier this year. “We’ve never had an issue with performance-enhancing drugs. And we continue not to have an issue with performance-enhancing drugs.

“Am I satisfied with our program? I don’t think any program is perfect. I think there were weak pursuits in our first program that were meaningfully addressed in the most recent collective bargaining agreement negotiation where the program is better than it was when we first implemented it. Doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Doesn’t mean it can’t get better. But it’s a very adequate program.”

NHL has ‘no reason to believe…the Canadiens acted inappropriately’ in Tinordi trade

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According to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the NHL “has been given no basis whatsoever to consider reversing or revisiting” the trade that sent defenseman Jarred Tinordi from Montreal to Arizona in January.

In the process, Daly cleared the Canadiens of any underhandedness in the transaction.

“While we are not permitted under the terms of the CBA to provide any further detail or timeline with respect to Mr. Tinordi’s suspension, we would like to state that we have no reason to believe or conclude that the Canadiens acted inappropriately at any time in relation to this matter,” Daly said in a widely released statement.

“NHL clubs are not parties with whom information relating to the drug-testing results or process are shared until a final determination has been made and formally announced by the League and NHLPA, which in this case was yesterday.”

Daly was forced to address the issue after Tinordi was suspended yesterday for 20 games due to a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett then raised eyebrows by saying that the suspension caught the club “by surprise” and that “it was something that’s been going on since before he got to our team.”

Some cryptic post-trade remarks by Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin were also suddenly recalled.

“I have a reason that I can’t really tell you why,” Bergevin said following the deal that was originally controversial due to the inclusion of John Scott, “but if I could, you would probably understand.”

But — again — according to Daly, the Canadiens couldn’t have known about Tinordi’s positive test result, because no teams were made aware of it until yesterday.

Tinordi suspension caught the Coyotes ‘by surprise’

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Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told reporters today in Vancouver that Jarred Tinordi‘s 20-game suspension for taking a banned substance “caught us by surprise.”

Tippett also said, according to The Province newspaper, that “it was something that’s been going on since before he got to our team.”

In other words, it was “going on” when Tinordi was still a member of the Montreal Canadiens, before he was dealt to Arizona in January as part of the much-discussed John Scott trade.

Which is pretty interesting when you recall how Habs GM Marc Bergevin explained the deal at the time.

“I have a reason that I can’t really tell you why,” said Bergevin, “but if I could, you would probably understand.”

It was widely assumed that Bergevin was referring to Scott’s inclusion in the deal — a deal that many saw as a way for the NHL to keep the big enforcer out of the All-Star Game.

What many are wondering now is whether Bergevin was actually referring to Tinordi’s positive test result.

The Coyotes, according to the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan, say that neither team knew:

And according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the test results would have had to stay private anyway.

We’ll see if Bergevin has anything to add the next time he speaks with reporters.

Coyotes’ Tinordi suspended 20 games for PEDs (Updated)

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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: