NHL notebook: Bissonnette's ban cut to 3 games

Calgary Flames Guillaume Desbiens fights Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes do battle in a...

Calgary Flames Guillaume Desbiens fights Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes do battle in a 2011 game. (AL CHAREST/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY)

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The fact a pre-season game was not aired on local television has helped Paul Bissonnette avoid a 10-game suspension levied by the NHL for leaving the bench to join an altercation.

The Coyotes enforcer will instead serve a three-game ban after successfully arguing he was making a line change with teammate Max Domi during a game in Phoenix against the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 15.

"Because this incident occurred during a pre-season game, there was less video evidence than is typically available for these types of reviews, and as a result, the precise timing and circumstances pursuant to which Bissonnette entered the ice surface are not apparent in the video," the league said in a release.

Coyotes teammates and head coach Dave Tippett also supported Bissonnette in his assertion that he was making a line change.

The league felt Bissonnette should still be punished as he was the sixth man on the ice for the Coyotes against five players for the Kings.

The incident occurred when Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan entered the play after serving a two-minute minor following an open-ice hit that knocked Phoenix defenceman Rostislav Klesla out of the game.

LETANG INJURES LEG

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang will stay off the ice this weekend due to a lower leg injury and will be evaluated when the team returns home.

Letang was apparently injured during practice Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, and did not practice Saturday.

The Penguins are at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., for practices. They are scheduled to return to Pittsburgh on Monday.

Coach Dan Bylsma said it has not been determined if Letang will be out for the short term or long term. Letang will not practice Sunday.

Letang was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman last season.

ELIAS UNSURE FOR OPENER

The New Jersey Devils would rather be cautious with veteran forward Patrik Elias.

Elias has not skated since last Tuesday's pre-season game in Philadelphia against the Flyers after suffering from soreness that is unrelated to an earlier groin issue.

Although unconcerned about the soreness, Elias was not sure if he will be able to play in the Devils opener on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

"I guess we'll see after the weekend," Elias told the Bergen Record. "We'll see how I feel after (Sunday). We have a day off ... so a couple of days of rest again."

Meanwhile, winger Jaromir Jagr did not have any setbacks with his recovery from back and left hip muscle soreness that has kept him out all pre-season.

PANTHERS INK BOYES, GILBERT

The Florida Panthers beefed up their roster by signing forward Brad Boyes and defenceman Tom Gilbert to one-year deals.

The pair had been with the team during training camp on a professional tryout.

Boyes had 10 goals and 35 points in 48 games for the New York Islanders last season, while Gilbert netted 13 points in 43 games for the Minnesota Wild.

Meanwhile, the Panthers acquired forward Krys Barch and a seventh-round pick in 2015 from the New Jersey Devils for forward Scott Timmins and a sixth-round pick in 2014.

BRIEFLY

The Phoenix Coyotes are sending 2013 first-round pick Max Domi to the London Knights of the OHL ... The Chicago Blackhawks recalled goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.


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