Hurricanes’ Ryan Murphy sidelined with a concussion

Dhiren Mahiban
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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy suffered a concussion during Saturday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced on Sunday.

Murphy was injured on a hit from Flyers forward Ryan White early in the second period.

White received a minor penalty for boarding on the play. Murphy played one more shift after the hit before leaving the game.

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Rumor Roundup: Marleau would accept trade to Rangers, Ducks, or Kings

Patrick Marleau. (Getty Images)

The recent trade speculation involving long-time San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau took an interesting twist on Tuesday evening. CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz cites a source claiming the 36-year-old Marleau, who carries a no-movement clause in his contract, would accept being dealt to the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks or Los Angeles Kings.

Kurz also reports it’s uncertain if Marleau is pushing for a trade or if management initiated it. He cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggesting it’s more likely Marleau asked the club to explore trade possibilities. Kurz notes Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s policy is not to ask players with movement clauses to waive them.

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Sunday Long Read: Pronger and Lidstrom polar opposites as Hall of Famers

Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Pronger shake hands after their 2009 playoff series. Photo by Tom Turrill/NHLI via Getty Images)

During what is now a Hall of Fame career, Nicklas Lidstrom garnered so much respect that he earned the nickname, The Perfect Human. Not The Perfect Hockey Player. Not The Perfect Defenseman. The Perfect Human. People called Chris Pronger lots of things during what is now a Hall of Fame career, too. None of them is suitable for publication on a website that might be viewed by young people. Many of those words begin with the letter ‘F’.

It was not easy to play the game the way Lidstrom did, but he made it look that way. Playing the game and preparing for it the way Lidstrom meticulously did and maintaining a ridiculously high standard on and off the ice presented its fair share of challenges. But it’s also not easy going to the opposing rink from the time you’re a kid and knowing that you’re going to be the most hated guy there. But like Lidstrom, Pronger embraced his role and status. Lidstrom wore the white hat and Pronger donned the black, and both of them managed to do it while becoming two of the most dominant defensemen of their generation.

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Rumor Roundup: Sabres join hunt for defensemen, while Flyers try to find home for Schenn

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Early this NHL season, defensemen appear to be a hot commodity in the trade market. The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets emerged as the first clubs reportedly seeking blueline depth, but the Buffalo Sabres apparently got in the hunt even sooner. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman cites an NHL GM claiming the Sabres search for a left-shooting rearguard stretches back to this year’s draft.

Two current possibilities for the Sabres could be found in Tampa Bay or Anaheim. A recent report out of Tampa Bay claims the Lightning could try moving Matt Carle, while the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports the Ducks are listening to offers for Cam Fowler.

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Sabres’ Chad Johnson makes crazy blocker save in overtime, Buffalo wins 33 seconds later

Jared Clinton
Chad Johnson stretches out to stop Scott Laughton (via NHL/YouTube)

When Buffalo netminder Robin Lehner went down with a high-ankle sprain, Sabres GM Tim Murray decided that rather than go out and mortgage the future for goaltending help, he would stand pat and see what the duo of Chad Johnson and Linus Ullmark could do.

Since Lehner’s injury, it’s been Johnson who has taken the bulk of the starts. Though he hasn’t been spectacular, he’s been good enough to warrant the Sabres continuing to run with him between the pipes.

And against the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night, Johnson was again steady, turning aside 30 of the 33 shots he faced, but his biggest stop came in overtime and helped the Sabres pick up their third win of the season: Read more

Suspend him or not: Radko Gudas lays out Viktor Stalberg with borderline hit

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Radko Gudas hits Viktor Stalberg (via Streamable)

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may be receiving a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his hit on New York Rangers’ Viktor Stalberg.

With a minute left in the second period of Saturday’s game, Stalberg took a pass out of the defensive zone and was shielding off Flyers captain Claude Giroux when Gudas stepped up and laid out the 29-year-old left winger. The hit left Stalberg flat on the ice: Read more