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Coyotes’ Burmistrov hospitalized after hit by Bruins’ Miller


Arizona Coyotes forward Alex Burmistrov was taken off the ice on a stretcher on Tuesday following a hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller.

Update: The Coyotes announced that Burmistrov has been taken to a Boston hospital.

He was released from the hospital late on Tuesday night, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.


On the bright side, Dave Vest notes that Burmistrov was able to give a “thumbs up” as he was taken off the ice. (You can see footage of that here.)

Miller received a five-minute major and game misconduct for charging, a decision that more than one onlooker questions.

Video of the hit is available up top. The latest update seems positive:

Trade: Oduya, Blackhawks reunited via deal from Stars


The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Johnny Oduya in part because of his experience winning two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks got him back in hopes of going for another.

(Note: the Blackhawks recently confirmed the news.)

Oduya is headed to the Blackhawks in exchange for Mark McNeill and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick, according to multiple reporters including ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun indicates that the fourth-round pick could turn into a third-rounder depending upon Oduya’s playoff performance.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie gets specific about the conditions:

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reports that the Stars are retaining some portion of the veteran defenseman’s salary to make the trade work. LeBrun and McKenzie both report that Dallas is retaining 50 percent of his cap hit/salary.

McNeill, 24, was a first-rounder (18th overall) by Chicago back in 2011. While he’s generated solid offensive numbers in the AHL, he’s only appeared in one NHL game so far for the Blackhawks.

This is the second time Chicago’s acquired Oduya at a trade deadline. He’s seen less ice time than usual this season (18:10 per game), but was carrying the sort of heavy-lifting burden that could help the Blackhawks in their push for a deep run.

Considering how wide-open the West seems – at least compared to previous seasons – Oduya could very well find himself on another significant ride in the postseason.

In less appealing Blackhawks news, the team placed Niklas Hjalmarsson on injured reserve.

NHL players reflect on return of mumps


The return of the mumps has caught some NHL players by surprise and they are counting on the league being better equipped to deal with the second such outbreak in a little over two years.

“Well, it happened the one time, and guys were concerned about it and thought it was going to be kind of gone forever,” Buffalo Sabres veteran forward Kyle Okposo said Tuesday. “I just hope it doesn’t reach us. I feel for the guys that have it. Just want to make sure that it gets as contained as we can this time.”

The latest outbreak began in Vancouver, where the Canucks announced last weekend defenseman Troy Stecher had been diagnosed while six other players and a trainer were showing symptoms. On Monday, the Minnesota Wild announced forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville and assistant coach Scott Stevens were diagnosed with the highly contagious disease and must miss at least three games.

The developments raised concern after what occurred during the first half of the 2014-15 season: 24 players, including Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, representing five teams and two on-ice officials either showed symptoms or were diagnosed with the mumps.

The Wild were also affected in 2014, when five defensemen contracted the virus.

“I don’t know what to say to that. It’s a lot for one team in a few years,” said Wild forward Mikael Granlund, whose brother, Markus Granlund, was among the Vancouver players showing symptoms.

There was enough worry in Minnesota that center Eric Staal wondered of the potential danger of players rubbing gloves against teammates’ faces during the celebration following a 5-4 overtime win against Los Angeles on Monday night.

“If someone had it in that pile, then we all got it,” Staal said. “So we’ll see what happens.”

Wild doctors recently provided players and staff with measles-mumps-rubella vaccination, as they did in 2014. The Wild equipment staff also uses a chemical spray on locker room cubicles each time players come off the ice. And Minnesota is one of 27 NHL teams using a Sani Sport machine to disinfect players’ equipment.

In Vancouver, public health officials have yet to determine where or how Canucks players contracted mumps, Vancouver Coastal Health spokesman Gavin Wilson said. Wilson added the Vancouver region is not showing any signs of a spike in the mumps virus, unlike neighboring Washington State, which had a reported 503 cases already in 2017, as opposed to just 48 last year.

There have been other pockets of outbreaks across the continent this year, including the University of Missouri, which reported more than 320 confirmed and probably cases earlier this month.

From Jan. 1-28, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 485 mumps infections reported in the United States, which already surpasses the 229 cases reported in 2012. Since 2000, there have been only two years – 2006 and 2016 – in which the number of mumps cases have topped 3,000.

Mumps can be spread by saliva or mucus. The virus has a 12- to 30-day incubation period. It’s typical symptoms are fever, headache, muscle aches and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands.

The CDC notes that while mumps are “no longer very common” in the U.S., outbreaks do occur particularly in places where people have had prolonged close contact with a person with the virus, such as school, dorms or sports teams.

In an email to The Associated Press, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote it’s unclear what prompted the recurrence. As for how the league is attempting to contain the latest outbreak, Daly wrote: “Education, reinforcement of precautions and booster shots, where necessary.”

Though booster shots work, they are only considered effective 88 percent of the time.

In Buffalo, Sabres equipment manager Dave Williams said a protocol is put into place the moment a player shows any sign of sickness, even when involving what appears to be the common cold. The protocols include having players drink from their own water bottles, using hospital-strength disinfectant laundry detergent to wash the player’s uniform separately.

The first professional hockey-related case of mumps this year occurred last month, when three members of the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany, New York, contracted the virus.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said there’s very little players can do to avoid getting mumps other than taking precautions.

“Professional sports is where all teams intertwine. We all touch every rink,” said Subban, noting the Predators played both the Wild and Canucks over the past three weeks. “We’ve just been told to make sure our shots are up to date and wash our hands. That’s it. That’s all you can do.”


AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.

Leafs activate Marner from IR; Boyle likely to debut

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Brian Boyle is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ big trade deadline acquisition – at least so far? – but a healthy Mitch Marner makes an even bigger “addition” for the Leafs tonight.

With Marner activated from IR, he’s slated to play against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Frederik Gauthier has been sent to the AHL to make room.

Marner’s supposed to be on a line with James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak while Brian Boyle anchors a fourth line with Matt Martin and Josh Leivo. That’s at least the gameplan to start things off, but Mike Babcock’s likely to experiment with different fits, especially since Boyle could conceivably move to third-line center if needed.

WATCH LIVE: Shattenkirk and the Capitals vs. Rangers at MSG


The Washington Capitals flexed their muscles in getting Kevin Shattenkirk last night, inspiring NBCSN to flex its coverage to his debut as his new team faces the New York Rangers.

It’s worth noting that local blackouts may apply.

Shattenkirk’s debut should be fun to watch as Barry Trotz deals with the “good problem to have” in finding the right mix of talented defensemen, but it’s not the only reason to watch. The Rangers are in a dogfight with the Penguins and Blue Jackets in the races for the second and third spots in the Metropolitan Division, and New York has every intention of upsetting the Caps as 2016-17 goes along.

The game is on NBCSN in most markets. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App. Click here for the livestream.