January 1, 2012
NHL notes: Weber going on IR
By QMI Agency
The Nashville Predators will put concussed captain Shea Weber on injured reserve, according to The Tennessean.
Weber, the Predators leading scorer with eight goals and 21 assists, hasn't played since Dec. 23. A hit by Dallas Stars defenceman Mark Fistric did the damage.
By putting Weber on IR, the Predators can free up a roster spot and recall a defenceman from Milwaukee of the AHL.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres, fresh off a $2,500 fine by the league, will have a disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shanahan Monday for another illegal hit.
Torres was called on the carpet for his hit on Minnesota Wild defenceman Nate Prosser Saturday in Minny. He wasn't penalized for the hit but, as a repeat offender, could face further punishment.
The league fined Torres for elbowing Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jan Hejda Thursday. And he was suspended four games last year, including two in the playoffs, for nailing Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was named the NHL's first star for December Sunday.
Malkin had six goals and 14 assists in 13 games to win the monthly award ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos and Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin. He had 19 points during a nine-game scoring streak that ended Dec. 29, trying Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and Chicago's Patrick Sharp for the longest in the league this season.
Stamkos, the second star, had 10 goals and seven assists in 13 games. Sedin led all NHL scorers in the month with two goals and 20 assists to get the third star.
St. Louis Blues defenceman Ian Cole had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL after being penalized for a head hit on Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader Saturday ... New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal won't make his season debut in the Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers. Staal has missed the entire season with concussion symptoms.