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Sabres' Scott gets seven-game sentence

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NEW YORK -- The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott for seven games for his illegal check to Boston forward Loui Eriksson's head.

Scott already has served three games while waiting for an in-person hearing, which was held Thursday morning.

Scott was issued a match penalty for charging and ejected for his hit on Eriksson early in the third period of Boston's 5-2 win on Oct. 23.

Eriksson was skating through the neutral zone and had just dumped the puck into the Sabres zone when Scott skated in from the player's right and struck him with a shoulder to the face.

Eriksson suffered a concussion and spent the night in a Buffalo hospital after the hit. He has yet to return to Boston's lineup.

The multi-game suspension will cost Scott US$26,923.05 in salary. He is eligible to return Nov. 8 when Buffalo visits Anaheim.

 

Ovechkin avoids concussion

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin will miss the Washington Capitals' game today with an upper-body injury.

Coach Adam Oates said Thursday Ovechkin would not make the trip for the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ovechkin was hurt when he crashed head-first into the goalie and net early in the first period of Monday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Capitals have not revealed any details of Ovechkin's injury, other to say it is not a concussion.

Oates said there's "maybe" a chance Ovechkin will play in Saturday's home game against the Florida Panthers.

Ovechkin has scored 10 goals, second in the league through Wednesday's games.

 

Habs sign Emelin to four-year deal

MONTREAL -- Defenceman Alexei Emelin has signed a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL club announced Thursday.

The deal reportedly worth US$16.4 million, or $4.1 million per season, takes effect in the 2014-15 campaign. The Russian blue-liner, who has yet to play in 2013-14 due to a knee injury, is earning $2 million this season.

"I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team," Emelin said in a statement.

The 27-year-old, who was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, tore an ACL ligament on April 6, depriving Montreal of its most physical defenceman for the final weeks of the 2013 campaign and the playoffs. He is expected back in late November or early December.

"He is an important part of our group of core players," said general manager Marc Bergevin. "He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude.

"He can play big minutes against the opponents' best players, and hard-hitting defencemen of his type are hard to find. We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come."

Emelin had three goals and nine assists in 38 games while averaging 19:40 of ice time per game last season. The 6-2, 224-pound Russian, who was drafted in the third round in 2004, has 19 points in 105 career NHL games.

He is among only three Montreal defencemen signed for next season, along with Josh Gorges and Davis Drewiske.

Andrei Markov, Raphael Diaz, Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray are all due to become unrestricted free agents while P.K. Subban can become a restricted free agent.

 

Senators demote Pageau

 

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators have sent Jean-Gabriel Pageau to Binghamton of the AHL.

The 20-year-old centre had one goal and a minus-three rating in eight games so far this season. In 17 career regular-season NHL games, Pageau has three goals and two assists.

It is yet another move from the Senators, who are off to a disappointing 4-6-2 start. Last week Ottawa recalled forward Mika Zibanejad from the minors after he failed to make the team out of camp.

At practice Thursday, Cory Conacher and Chris Neil flanked captain Jason Spezza, while Kyle Turris centred Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan.

 

Moore could miss 10 days

 

NEW YORK -- Rangers centre Dominic Moore will be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of a strained oblique muscle sustained early in a win this week over the New York Islanders.

The Rangers are already missing top forward Rick Nash (concussion) and captain Ryan Callahan (broken thumb).

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 1, 2013 C6

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