Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott was suspended seven games for his illegal hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.
The suspension was announced Thursday after Scott had an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. He has already served three games while awaiting the hearing.
"Scott delivers a shoulder to Eriksson, making it the main point of contact and causing serious injury," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said. "This is an illegal check to the head. Although Eriksson is eligible to be checked on this play, he is not eligible to be checked in this fashion.
"On this play, the onus is entirely on Scott to ensure Eriksson's head is not the main point of contact of any hit he chooses to make."
Scott received a match penalty for the hit on Eriksson during the third period of the Buffalo-Boston game on Oct. 23.
EMELIN SIGNS EXTENSION
The Montreal Canadiens signed injured defenceman Alexei Emelin to a four-year, $16.4 million contract extension Thursday.
Emelin, who is on injured reserve, hasn't played this season after undergoing knee surgery during the summer. He played 38 games with the Canadiens last season.
"We are very happy to have secured a long-term agreement with Alexei," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a release. "He is an important part of our group of core players. He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude. He can play big minutes against the opponents' best players, and hard-hitting defencemen of his type are hard to find. We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come."
Had Emelin not signed, he would have become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.
HURRICANES SIGN MALHOTRA
Manny Malhotra is back in the NHL.
The veteran forward, who last played for the Vancouver Canucks but hasn't suited up for a game since February, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday. The deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.
"Manny brings a level of veteran leadership to the Hurricanes organization and gives the team depth at the centre position," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "He has demonstrated in his career that he can be an extremely good defensive player and faceoff man."
Malhotra suffered an eye injury during the 2010-11 season that nearly ended his career. The Canucks put Malhotra on injured reserve last February, ending his season early.
The 33-year-old is expected to play for the Hurricanes Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
OVIE WON'T PLAY
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss Friday's game in Philadelphia due to an upper-body injury.
Ovechkin will not travel to Philly with the Caps, coach Adam Oates said, but could return to the lineup Saturday at home against the Florida Panthers. Ovechkin skated before the team's workout Thursday.
Ovechkin, who is among the league scoring leaders with 10 goals and five assists this season, was hurt Monday when he crashed into Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo after being tripped up.
The Anaheim Ducks sent defenceman Luca Sbisa to Norfolk of the AHL on a long-term injury conditioning loan. Sbisa has been out since injuring an ankle during the pre-season ... The Carolina Hurricanes put forwards Jeff Skinner (upper body) and Radek Dvorak (lower body) on injured reserve. Skinner was hurt Oct. 24 against Minnesota, the day before Dvorak went down against Colorado ... The Boston Bruins called up forward Ryan Spooner from Providence of the AHL. Spooner, who has seven points in eight games with Providence, was a late cut from training camp.