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Garbutt handed five-game sentence

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NEW YORK -- The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt five games for charging Anaheim forward Dustin Penner.

The incident occurred at 6:28 of the first period in Anaheim's 6-3 home win over Dallas on Sunday. Garbutt left the penalty box and skated at Penner before leaving his skates to deliver a check. The Winnipeg product hit Penner in the head, and the Anaheim forward had to leave the game.

Penner, from Winkler, didn't travel with the team for a road game in Toronto on Tuesday.

No penalty was called on the play.

Garbutt will forfeit US$14,743.60 in salary. He is eligible to return for the Stars' Nov. 3 game in Ottawa.

 

Flames opt to keep Monahan in NHL

CALGARY -- Sean Monahan will remain with the Calgary Flames this season instead of being returned to his junior club.

"We feel good about the decision we've made," general manager Jay Feaster said in making the announcement. "We believe his development is best served with us."

A junior-eligible player is allowed to play up to nine games without his NHL team burning a year of his entry-level contract. Monahan has six goals and nine points in his first nine games.

Calgary selected Monahan sixth overall in June's draft after he played three seasons with the OHL's Ottawa 67's. The centre has been given a heavy workload at even strength and on the power play by Flames coach Bob Hartley.

"I think he's a unique individual... in his determination," Feaster said. "He's a 19-year-old going on 29 years old."

The Flames have not indicated whether Monahan would be released to play for Team Canada at the 2014 world junior championship, and said that decision would be made closer to the tournament.

 

Laraque says he could still play role

MONTREAL -- With his political career on hold while he fights fraud charges, Georges Laraque is expressing a willingness to return to his previous vocation: hockey pugilist.

The ex-NHL enforcer says he's just the guy to add some muscle to the Montreal Canadiens bench.

Laraque, who turns 37 next month, says he's perfectly healthy and can fill the gap left by the injured George Parros and Brandon Prust, although his NHL stint saw him sidelined by injuries several times.

"Sure I could help them," Laraque said Wednesday.

"The work I did for 13 years, I know how to do it. I'm big, I'm in shape -- but forget it, " he said with a laugh.

 

Habs ship blue-liner Tinordi to AHL

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have sent defenceman Jarred Tinordi to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Tinordi has appeared in six games with Montreal this season, recording no points and nine penalty minutes.

The 21-year-old split last season between Montreal and Hamilton, where the 6-6, 227-pound defenceman shared top defenceman honours on the Bulldogs with Nathan Beaulieu.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 24, 2013 D2

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