NHL notes: Edler suspended for rest of worlds
|Sweden's Alexander Edler (C) hits Canada's Eric Staal (L) during a quarterfinal matchup between the two nations at the world championship this week. (AFP)
Swedish defenceman Alex Edler has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 world hockey championship in Sweden and Finland.
Edler, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was ejected from Thursday's 3-2 shootout quarterfinal win over Canada after injuring Eric Staal with a knee-on-knee hit.
The International Ice Hockey Federation's disciplinary panel called Edler's actions "reckless, dangerous" and in disregard to the vulnerability of his opponent.
The hit left Staal, who captains the Carolina Hurricanes, writhing and screaming in pain on the ice. He was helped to the dressing room, unable to put weight on his right leg.
Staal is returning to Raleigh, N.C., to have an MRI done on Saturday.
Edler told Vancouver radio station News 1130 on Friday that he had "no intention to hurt" Staal.
MACLEAN UP FOR COACH OF YEAR
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean has been named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year.
Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks were also named.
In his second season with the Senators, MacLean battled the odds and got his club back to the playoffs despite losing key players like defencemen Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen, centre Jason Spezza, winger Milan Michalek and goaltender Craig Anderson for extended periods.
This is the second straight year that MacLean has been nominated for the award. He finished as a runner-up to St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock in voting last year.
Quenneville led the Blackhawks to the Presidents’ Trophy this season while Boudreau guided the Ducks to second overall in the Western Conference.
ISLANDERS RE-SIGN BOULTON
The New York Islanders re-signed forward Eric Boulton to a one-year deal Friday.
Boulton, 36, played in 15 games for the Islanders this past season, after playing the 2011-12 season with the New Jersey Devils.
The Halifax native did not register a point this past season, generally known more for his physical play.
Financial terms were not released. He earned $540,000 last season.