December 7, 2011
NHL notes: Fistric banned three games
By QMI Agency
Dallas Stars defenceman Mark Fistric was suspended three games Wednesday for a hit that left New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter with a concussion.
Fistric left his feet to hit Niederreiter during the first period of Saturday's game. The Islanders rookie hit his head on the ice and was later diagnosed with a concussion.
No penalty was called on the play but NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan felt a suspension was warranted.
"While we acknowledge that on many big body checks, the hitter's feet will sometimes come off the ice to a certain degree due to the follow-through of the collision, we felt that the degree to which Fistric's skates come off the ice is evidence of his dangerous launch," Shanahan said.
Fistric, who will forfeit more than $16,000 in pay, will miss games against San Jose, Los Angeles and the New York Rangers.
The loss of Fistric won't leave much of a hole on the Stars' blueline as Alex Goligoski and Trevor Daley are both expected to return from injuries Thursday.
PANTHERS GET BARCH
The Florida Panthers added some toughness Wednesday, acquiring forward Krys Barch from the Dallas Stars.
The Panthers got Barch, a 6-foot-1, 237-pound tough guy, and a sixth-round draft pick for forward Jake Hauswirth and a fifth-round pick. Hauswirth, currently with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL, hasn't played in an NHL game yet.
"Krys is a hard-working forward who adds further depth and competitiveness to our lineup," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said.
Barch has played 263 games in the NHL, all with the Stars, and has racked up 578 penalty minutes. He's chipped in with 10 goals and 16 assists.
With Barch expected to play Thursday against the Boston Bruins, the Panthers sent forward Bracken Kearns to San Antonio of the AHL.
JACKETS HIRE PATRICK
The Columbus Blue Jackets added Hockey Hall of Famer Craig Patrick as a senior advisor Wednesday.
Patrick, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, will help general manager Scott Howson evaluate trades and free-agent signings while keeping an eye on the team's prospects.
"I am very pleased to add Craig to our organization," Howson said. "He possesses a wealth of experience, having won two Stanley Cups and two Olympic medals, including gold with Team USA in 1980. His insight and knowledge will be invaluable to the Blue Jackets."
Patrick became the youngest general manager in NHL history when he was hired by the New York Rangers in 1981. He also served as coach and GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hall of Famer Bernie Parent will play for the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic alumni game against the New York Rangers on New Year's Eve.
Parent, 66, will reportedly play 5-10 minutes of the game, which will be held in conjunction with the Winter Classic outdoor game at Citizens Bank Park. He joins goalies Mark LaForest and Neil Little on the Philly roster after initially being listed as a team ambassador.
Ron Hextall replaces Parent as ambassador.
In 1973-74, Parent became the first player to win the Vezina Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup in the same season. He repeated the feat the following season.
SENS PROSPECT SUSPENDED
Ottawa Senators prospect Matthew Puempel of the Peterborough Petes was suspended eight games Wednesday for a check to the head.
Puempel, a first-round pick of the Sens last summer, caught Oshawa Generals forward Sebastien Uvira with a high hit during Sunday's OHL game. He was given a major penalty on the play.
In issuing the ban, the league ruled that Uvira was an "unsuspecting player" when he was targeted by Puempel. Uvira was not hurt, though.
Puempel leads the Petes in scoring with 17 goals and 15 assists in 29 games.
Ray Emery will start for the Chicago Blackhawks, not struggling Corey Crawford, Thursday against the New York Islanders. But 'Hawks coach Joel Quenneville downplayed the notion of a goalie controversy, saying "Emery's coming off two real solid games for us." Crawford was pulled Monday against Phoenix ... The Vancouver Canucks called up winger Bill Sweatt from Chicago of the AHL on an emergency basis and sent down forward Victor Oreskovich. Sweatt has four goals and five assists in 19 games with the AHL team ... New York Rangers defenceman Michael Sauer is out day-to-day with a concussion and will not play Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sauer was hurt on a hit by Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf Monday ... Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi will miss at least Thursday's game against the L.A. Kings and could possibly be out much longer with a lower-body injury. Setoguchi played just one period Tuesday against San Jose after being hurt two nights earlier against Anaheim ... Calgary Flames backup goalie Henrik Karlsson will miss up to two months with a high-grade MCL tear in his right knee. Karlsson was hurt Sunday against Vancouver and the Flames put him on injured reserve the next day ... The St. Louis Blues sent forward Evgeny Grachev to Peoria of the AHL a day after activating him from IR. Grachev had just two assists in 17 games with the Blues.