San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart was suspended three games Wednesday for a hit to the head of New York Rangers forward Rick Nash during Tuesday night’s game in San Jose, Calif.
The ban was announced after a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Stuart will forfeit more than $55,000 during the suspension.
Nash played several shifts after the hit but then left the game and didn’t return for the second period of the Rangers’ 9-2 loss to the Sharks.
“I have a headache,” Nash said, according to MSG Network. “It got worse. It was a head shot. I’m concerned the way it feels.”
Nash has a history of concussions, but there was no immediate word on his condition and whether he might be sidelined.
Stuart received a minor penalty for elbowing at 2:23 of the first period. Replays appeared to show Stuart’s shoulder hitting Nash’s head.
NHL LOSES SUIT
Most of the National Hockey League’s claims against former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes were dismissed in an Arizona court earlier this week.
The league, which owned the Coyotes for four years, was pursuing $149.5 million from Moyes, including a $112.7 million claim for operational losses, according to the Arizona Republic. Another $6.5 million was sought for ex-coach Wayne Gretzky’s unpaid salary.
The judge ultimately decided Moyes was not responsible for the NHL’s losses.
“We are still evaluating our immediate options, but we have every intention of continuing to pursue our claims against Mr. Moyes for blatant breaches of his contractual obligations to the league,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN Wednesday.
In 2010, the NHL filed a lawsuit against Moyes, claiming he had breached various agreements between the two parties.
The judge felt the other claims involved in the suit, totaling $26.7 million, should be revisited due to insufficient information.
Moyes filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The NHL took control of the franchise shortly after and ran the team until it was sold to new owners in August.
Former NHL player Sergei Fedorov is reportedly coming out of retirement to play in the KHL at the age of 43.
The general manager of CSKA Moscow will lace up his skates and play for the team Friday against Magnitogorsk Metallurg, reports Russia’s SovSport.
Fedorov is returning to the ice due to player injuries.
Fedorov played for Metallurg for three seasons before hanging up his skates in 2012.
The Hockey Hall of Famer played for the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals over 18 seasons. In 1,248 career NHL games, Fedorov scored 483 goals and 1,179 points and won the Stanley Cup three times with the Wings.
PYATT BREAKS COLLARBONE
Tampa Bay Lightning centre Tom Pyatt is out indefinitely after breaking his collarbone in his first game of the season Tuesday night.
Pyatt suffered the injury in the third period of the Lightning’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He had missed Tampa Bay’s first two games this season with an upper-body injury.
The 26-year-old Pyatt had eight goals and eight assists in the lockout-shortened 2013 season and 12 goals and seven assists in 74 games during the 2011-12 season.
Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas told the Miami Herald Wednesday he doesn’t expect to be out long with a groin injury suffered in Philadelphia Tuesday night … New York Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck was taken off the injured reserve list Wednesday and will be ready to play against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday … Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom is listed as day-to-day with a knee strain … Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller will start Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing two games with a groin injury … The NHL fined New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen $5,000 Wednesday for slashing visiting Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal during a game Tuesday.