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NHL notes: McLellan latest coach to get hurt

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan exchanges words with a referee during a game against the Flames at...

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan exchanges words with a referee during a game against the Flames at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 8, 2012. (BECK DIEFENBACH/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

Another NHL coach has been sidelined with an, uh, upper-body injury.

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan missed Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with concussion-like symptoms and will not return to the bench until he's cleared by doctors.

"While Todd will continue to provide his input on the team, we have full confidence in the abilities of assistant coaches Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft to lead the team in Todd's absence," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "Our main concern at this point is for Todd's full and complete recovery."

McLellan was hurt when he was whacked in the head with a stick during a game against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. He collapsed after being hit and was forced to leave the game early in the second period.

Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney was concussed earlier this month when he was hit in the head by a puck during a practice in Toronto. Renney missed a number of games before coaching Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

And Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff broke ribs when he was sent flying by defenceman Jordan Leopold during a practice session.

LIDSTROM HURTING

Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom has a bruised ankle that kept him out of the Red Wings lineup Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Lidstrom was hurt Saturday when he was hit in the skate by a puck in a game against Columbus. He had an X-ray done after the game, which showed there was no break.

The 41-year-old has 10 goals and 21 assists in 62 games this season and leads the Wings with a plus-25 rating.

The Wings also were without newly acquired defenceman Kyle Quincey, listed as day to day with a groin injury

The Wings have recalled defencemen Doug Janik and Brendan Smith from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

VERSTEEG OUT

The Florida Panthers' leading scorer, forward Kris Versteeg, didn't play Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs and will miss at least two more games.

Versteeg is out with a lower-body injury and won't play later this week against the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators. There is a chance he could return to the lineup Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.

"He has a little bit of a lower-body injury that has been bugging him for about a week," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "He's wanted to play through it, but when he is not 100% he doesn't have that extra step."

Versteeg leads the Panthers with 22 goals and 27 assists.

MILLER MIFFED

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller isn't too happy about his buddy, Paul Gaustad, getting traded away.

The Sabres dealt Gaustad to the Nashville Predators for a first-round pick Monday. A day later, Miller voiced his disapproval.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm not real happy about the way it all turned out," Miller told the Buffalo News. "But that's the business of hockey. Like I've said, we don't make those decisions. Personally, he's a close friend, and also I think he's a big part of the team. No matter the way you view hockey, you have to understand how important players like Paul can be and how long it takes to develop a guy that plays that way at such a high level."

Miller and Gaustad both joined the Sabres during the 2002-03 season and often roomed together on the road.

BRIEFLY

New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson avoided a suspension for his hit on New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky Monday. Clarkson jumped to make the hit but didn't make contact with Dubinsky's head.


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