Sabres’ Cody McCormick forced to retire due to blood clots

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Cody McCormick (Scott Iskowitz/NHLI via Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres veteran Cody McCormick has played his final game.

The Sabres announced Monday that McCormick, 32, will be forced to retire due to blood clots that began in his leg and spread to his lungs in January 2015. McCormick blocked a shot in a game against the New York Rangers on Jan. 3, 2015, and the impact caused blood clots to form which then spread to his lungs and briefly hospitalized the winger. Now, more than a year after he last laced up his skates to play for the Sabres, McCormick has decided to err on the side of caution.

“Cody McCormick is not going to jeopardize his life or his family by trying to play again,” Sabres GM Tim Murray said, via the Olean Times Herald’s Bill Hoppe. “We support him in that. He was around this winter and did some other things when players were rehabbing. So I don’t know if that’s going to be a future thing or not. That’s something that he dabbled at and seemed to like.” Read more

Wild suffer ‘extraordinary loss’ as Parise deals with back injury

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The Minnesota Wild won’t open up their post-season until Thursday when they visit the Dallas Stars for the opening game of what should be a spirited series, but Game 1 of the series may see the Wild without Zach Parise, and it doesn’t appear Minnesota would be too shocked if that were the case for Game 2, Game 3 and possibly onward.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo, Parise, 31, is dealing with the effects of a back injury that was first tweaked in January. Parise missed the final game of the Wild’s season and he hasn’t seen the ice since April 5. Praise was reportedly set to see a specialist to deal with the injury Monday.

Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk said it best, telling Russo that Parise being sidelined is “an extraordinary loss” for the team as they prepare for the opening-round series. Heading into the series the Wild were already in tough against a high-flying Stars team, but remove Parise from the equation and the uphill battle just got exponentially more difficult. Read more

Wild’s Zach Parise remains day-to-day, could miss start of post-season

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Zach Parise (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Zach Parise missed the final game of the Minnesota Wild campaign, and it might have been more than just a rest day for the 31-year-old winger.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, Parise missed his third straight day of practice and team workouts Sunday, creating speculation he could be dealing with an injury that would potentially cause him to miss the start of the Wild’s first-round series against the Dallas Stars. When asked about a potential injury, Wild coach John Torchetti offered only that Parise is “day-to-day,” but winger Chris Porter offered more insight.

“It’s obviously bad,” Porter told Russo. “We were all joking that he’s a superstitious guy and scoring three on [Niklas Backstrom] last time, you know it has to be something if he’s going to miss a game against a goalie he scored three against a few weeks ago.” Read more

Maple Leafs GM Lamoriello says Robidas, Lupul may not be back next season

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Joffrey Lupul (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Saturday night’s 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils signalled the end of he Maple Leafs’ season, and it could also signal the end of Stephane Robidas and Joffrey Lupul’s time in Toronto.

While meeting with media Sunday, Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said the future of both Robidas and Lupul is “unknown,” which could mean both veterans are either on the shelf for the remainder of their contracts or not in Toronto’s future plans.

That’s more surprising when it comes to Lupul, 32, who still has two years and $10.5 million remaining on his contract with the Maple Leafs. Lupul has dealt with a number of injuries over the past several seasons and was limited to only 46 games with Toronto this season, but he was still able to contribute 11 goals and 14 points in a middle-six role with the Maple Leafs. Read more

Lightning’s Tyler Johnson suffers injury on scary hit from Canadiens’ Greg Pateryn

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Tyler Johnson (via Streamable)

Already dealing with injuries to Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman, the last thing the Lightning could afford was another injury. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, they weren’t able to escape their final game without another injury, and it could be a big one.

Late in the first period of Saturday’s season finale against the Canadiens, Tyler Johnson was heading towards the Montreal goal when netminder Mike Condon covered the puck. As the whistle blew, Johnson was checked by Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn and the hit sent Johnson hard and awkwardly into the boards. Johnson remained down on the ice for a few moments before eventually being helped off the ice by the training staff: Read more

Updated: AHLer Brett Gallant taken to hospital after collapsing on bench, is ‘alert and conscious’

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Brett Gallant (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the Lake Erie Monsters, the result of Friday’s AHL contest will be secondary to the health of winger Brett Gallant.

Gallant, 27, collapsed while sitting on the bench during a TV timeout in the second period of the Monsters’ weekend-opening game against the Toronto Marlies. Gallant remained down while he was attended to by medical staff, and after several minutes on the bench, he was placed on a stretcher and taken from the ice.

Shortly after Gallant was taken from the ice, the game between the Monsters and Marlies continued.

According to Lake Erie coach Jared Bednar, Gallant experienced a fainting incident.

“All indications are that he’s fine,” Bednar told THN’s Ryan Kennedy. “When he left here, he was up talking and walking around. They were going to take him to the hospital to run some tests and make sure nothing more serious was going on. We haven’t heard anything more than he’s doing fine.”

There was no immediate update on Gallant’s status, but before the start of the third frame the Monsters’ official Twitter account reported that he had left the building for further medical attention.

“We can report that Brett Gallant is alert and conscious,” the Monsters said. “He is currently being transported to a local hospital. We’re thinking of you, Gally.” Read more

Islanders’ Anders Lee suffers broken fibula, unlikely to return this season

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Anders Lee (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are having difficulties with scoring depth up front, and things aren’t going to get any easier with the post-season approaching as it appears winger Anders Lee will be out for the rest of the season.

The Islanders announced Friday morning that Lee, 25, will be out indefinitely with a broken fibula suffered during the first period of Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers. Lee was standing out front of the Rangers’ net following an Islanders’ faceoff win when the puck came back to defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who pounded a shot on goal that caught Lee in the leg. Upon impact, Lee crumpled to the ice and hobbled to the bench: Read more

Seguin ‘progressing nicely,’ but Stars uncertain about return for start of playoffs

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Tyler Seguin (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Stars sniper Tyler Seguin has missed the past eight games following a 15 percent cut of his Achilles tendon, but Dallas got some good news when Seguin began skating this week. Don’t take that to mean Seguin is certain to return for the opening game of the post-season, though.

According to Stars coach Lindy Ruff, the team is encouraged by the way Seguin’s recovery has gone thus far, but the original diagnosis was that Seguin would miss anywhere from three to four weeks. At this point, he’s been on the sideline for 21 days, and Ruff was trying to be cautiously optimistic when asked about Seguin’s return when the Stars open the playoffs.

“He’s skating in a limited fashion, I would say somewhere between the 50 and 75 percent range,” Ruff said, via Mark Stepneski. “There are times he pushes it, but we’re trying to be a little cautious with that, too. He’s progressing nicely, and we just hope to keep on progressing here.”

Ruff added it was “too early” to comment on a return date. Read more