NHL notes: Myers gets three-game suspension
|Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers (QMI Agency)
Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers was suspended three games Tuesday for boarding Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez Monday.
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan announced the ban, which includes Myers forfeiting more than $14,000 in pay, after a hearing was held earlier in the day. Myers was given a just minor penalty for boarding on the play but Gomez was hurt, which factored into the suspension.
"At no poiint during the approach to Myers' check does he see anything other than Gomez's back," Shanahan said. "The onus is therefore upon Myers to avoid this hit completely or, at the very least, minimize it. He does neither. Rather, he drives into a defenceless player with force."
LIGHTNING SIGNS JUNIOR
London Knights forward Vladislav Namestnikov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday.
Namestnikov, a first-round pick of the Lightning in 2011, has 22 goals and 48 assists in 60 games with the Knights. He is eighth in the OHL in assists and third in scoring on London.
The 19-year-old Russian is the son of former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Evgeny (John) Namestnikov, who played part of six seasons in the NHL.