NEW YORK -- Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andy Sutton has been suspended eight games for an illegal hit.

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NEW YORK -- Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andy Sutton has been suspended eight games for an illegal hit.

The 6-foot-6 Sutton was punished for an incident from Wednesday's game against Carolina when he jumped while throwing a bodycheck on Alexei Ponikarovsky.

He left the Hurricanes winger woozy on the play.

"While we acknowledge that on many big body checks a hitter's feet may at times come off the ice to a certain degree, we felt the degree in which Sutton's skates come off the ice is excessive," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in a video statement.

It's the second significant suspension of the season for Sutton, who was banned five games on Nov. 1 for hitting Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog in the head.

Regin thanks Richardson

PETER REGIN gives Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson a big assist for helping him get back in the lineup Saturday night, eight weeks after he was sidelined with another left shoulder injury.

Regin's return came as a bit of a surprise, but he had been working in the background with Richardson for several weeks, much of that work occurring when the Senators were on the road.

"It was mostly Luke, to be honest," Regin said Saturday morning when asked about who put his shoulder and legs to the test in workouts. "They've been on the road so much. At least our assistant coach is in great shape. He has been doing it all with me and skating the same as me. I have to thank him for all the hard work he has put into this."

Regin, who started Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks on a line with Nick Foligno and Daniel Alfredsson, was anxious to get rolling again. He had one goal and two assists in five games before getting hurt.

"I've been looking forward to this day for a while," he said. "You have a lot of time to refocus and think about all the mental stuff and I've had so much time that I don't think it's going to be a problem mentally."

Wiercioch stable

AFTER being struck in the throat by the puck during a game with Binghamton of the AHL on Friday, Ottawa Senators prospect Patrick Wiercioch was in stable condition in hospital on Saturday, the team said.

"It's a scary moment," Binghamton captain Mark Parrish told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin after Friday's game. "I've been in his shoes, where you're at the hospital, and it's scary being on that side, too, because you're in a situation you're uncomfortable with and you're not sure what's going to happen.

"That being said, as a team, I think it's sometimes best to give a guy some air and let him work through it and process it a bit himself. Hopefully we'll get to see Patty back in the locker-room soon."

Ice chips

THE NHL has fined Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller the maximum $2,500 for boarding Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty in a game last Saturday. Eller received a minor penalty on the play. . . . Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean raised some eyebrows by using defenceman David Rundblad in the fourth round of the shootout Thursday -- Rundblad was stopped by New Jersey Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg -- but MacLean said there was a good reason. "He was 9-for-10 in Sweden last year, and, when we do (shootouts) in practice, he scores every time."

-- from the news services