February 25, 2013
NHL notes: Penguins place Evgeni Malkin on IR
By QMI Agency

The Penguins placed forward Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve Monday. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

Turns out the original reports on forward Evgeni Malkin’s condition were true.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Monday they’ve placed Malkin on IR retroactive to Feb. 22.

A day after Pens head coach Dany Bylsma denied reports claiming Malkin had been experiencing concussion symptoms after colliding with Florida Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson last Friday, Bylsma recanted his full denial on the club’s official site.

“After the hit, Evgeni suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion,” Bylsma said. "He’s feeling fine and his memory is returning.”

The Penguins announced late Sunday that last year’s NHL MVP won’t join them on a three-game road trip that will see them play in Florida, Carolina and Montreal this week.

Although original reports stated Malkin experienced severe headaches and disorientation on the weekend, Bylsma continued to deny those claims, saying his second-leading scorer never suffered from those symptoms at any point following the hit.


“He’s had no other symptoms," Bylsma said.

REDMOND’S ‘LIFE SAVED’

The quick actions of coaches and trainers helped save Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Redmond’s life.

The 24-year-old rookie was rushed to hospital in Raleigh, N.C., late last week after a teammate’s skate sliced his right femoral artery and vein in his upper leg during practice.

“We are eternally grateful for the quick response of the Winnipeg Jets training and coaching staff as well as Zach’s teammates, who without reservation jumped to his aid, heroically took control of the situation and made sure Zach was given the proper care, in turn saving his life,” Redmond’s family said in a statement.

According to several medical publications, a lacerated femoral artery can be deadly if not treated within minutes.

“Zach is currently in positive spirits, and getting the rest he needs while surrounded by family and friends in a Raleigh area hospital,” the statement read. “We are deeply appreciative of all the support and are optimistic about Zach’s full recovery and future.”

CAPS RE-UP HOLTBY, ERSKINE

The Washington Capitals reached into their pocketbook on Monday to re-up defenceman John Erskine and goalie Braden Holtby.

In his sixth season with Washington, Erskine, 32, received a two-year extension worth $3.925.

Before that, the Caps announced they’d come to terms with goaltender Braden Holdby, inking their 2008 draft pick to a two-year extension worth $3.7 million.

"We are pleased to sign Braden to a contract extension," said Capitals general manager George McPhee on. "Braden is a young and talented goaltender who has performed very well in both the regular season and the playoffs during his NHL career. We are fortunate to have two excellent young goaltenders on our roster in Washington."

In 32 appearances since 2010, Holtby has compiled a 19-10-3 record,with a 2.51 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

In 435 regular season appearances for the Capitals, Erskine has 12 goals and 34 assists to go along with his 788 penalty minutes.

BRIEFLY: The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenceman David Schlemko to an extension through the 2014-15 season. While splitting time between the ‘Yotes and their AHL affiliate during his first six season’s in the league, Schlemko has played in 118 NHL games, scoring six goals and adding 27 assists … The Detroit Red Wings announced they’ve signed Matt Lashoff, 22, to a three-year extension … The Pittsburgh Penguins brought back defenceman Mark Eaton on Monday, signing a player who spent the previous two seasons with the New York Islanders to a one-year deal worth $750,000. Eaton, 35, was a member of the Pens 2009 Stanley Cup-winning team … San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has been suspended without pay for two games for leaving the Sharks bench and starting an altercation with Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw on Friday.

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