January 15, 2012
Byers to have hearing with Shanahan
By QMI Agency
The Columbus Blue Jackets, already hit hard by injuries, could lose another player for a few games.
Jackets winger Dan Byers will have a phone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday after getting a match penalty Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. Byers caught Sharks centre Andrew Desjardins with a headshot -- his shoulder made contact -- early in the second period, forcing Desjardins out of the game.
Byers already has a one-game suspension coming, mandatory punishment for a match penalty, but could get another four tacked on by Shanahan. The maximum suspension for hearings done over the phone is five games.
RIBEIRO GETTING BREAK
Dallas Stars centre will likely be out until after the NHL's all-star break.
Ribeiro, out with a torn MCL in his knee that has caused him to miss the last three games, is improving but not close to playing again, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Sunday.
"He's a little bit better today, but he's still not a player," Gulutzan said. "I don't think we'll see Ribby until after the all-star break."
Defencemen Philip Larsen and Tomas Vincour likely won't play Monday against the St. Louis Blues. Larsen is out with a concussion while Vincour has a knee injury.
The Stars will call up winger Francis Wathier from Texas of the AHL to fill one of the vacancies.
Jeff Skinner, the NHL's rookie of the year last season, was activated off injured reserve by the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday.
Skinner returned to the lineup against the Washington Capitals after missing 16 games with a concussion, giving the Hurricanes an instant boost.
When he was hurt after being hit during a game against the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 7, Skinner led the 'Canes in scoring with 12 goals and 12 assists in 30 games. He is still third in team scoring despite missing more than a month.
Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu could miss the NHL all-star game after hurting his left shoulder Saturday against St. Louis. Koivu's injury status will be updated Monday but he was seen wearing a sling on the shoulder after the game, which generally doesn't signify good news ... The Vancouver Canucks sent forward Mike Duco to Chicago of the AHL. Duco played three games with the Canucks after being called up and recorded his first NHL point, an assist, against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10 ... Columbus snapped up former first-round pick Colton Gillies on waivers from the Minnesota Wild. Gillies, 22, had just two assists in 37 games with the Wild this season ... The Toronto Maple Leafs sent defenceman Jake Gardiner to Toronto of the AHL to get some work. Gardiner was a healthy scratch the last four games.