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Tinordi’s violation of drug policy occurred before trade to Coyotes

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Jarred Tinordi (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Tinordi’s violation of drug policy occurred before trade to Coyotes

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Jarred Tinordi’s 20-game suspension for violating the performance enhancing substances policy was handed down this week, but the 24-year-old reportedly tested positive in December. He was traded to Arizona on Jan. 15.

Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL/NHLPA performance enhancing substance policy, but according to Arizona coach Dave Tippett, the suspended blueliner’s infraction didn’t happen under the Coyotes’ watch.

Arizona traded for Tinordi, 24, on Jan. 15 in a three-way deal that involved the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. The Coyotes received Tinordi and Stefan Fournier from Montreal in exchange for John Scott, while Stefan Elliott was sent to Nashville. Tinordi’s 20-game ban wasn’t handed down until nearly two months after the trade, and Tippett said no one on the Coyotes knew about the pending suspension.

“I think our training staff does an excellent job of making sure our players are aware of that,” Tippett told The Province's Steve Ewen. “Nobody in our organization knew anything about it, but it was an ongoing situation from before we acquired the player…I think the league does a fantastic job of monitoring guys and holding guys accountable when there’s something that’s not right.”

AZ Central’s Sarah McLellan reported that Coyotes GM Don Maloney learned Tinordi’s positive test happened in December, possibly around the time he was sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint. Tinordi’s demotion came on Nov. 26 and he wasn’t brought back up to the NHL until Dec. 6.

"Whatever supplement he ingested, that was my understanding is that something occurred while he was either down in St. John's or around that time anyway," Maloney told McLellan.

It doesn’t appear Maloney is seeking any repayment for losing Tinordi, either. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the Coyotes were not entitled to further compensation, and AZSports’ Craig Morgan added he was told Arizona wasn’t seeking anything more in the deal. Further to that, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement Thursday clarifying that the league has been given “no basis whatsoever to consider reversing or revisiting the terms of the Montreal/Arizona transaction.”

“NHL Clubs are not parties with whom information relating to the drug testing results or process are shared until a final determination has been made and formally announced by the League and NHLPA,” Daly said in the statement, adding there’s no reason to believe the Canadiens acted “inappropriately.”

The suspension effectively ended Tinordi’s season as the Coyotes only had 16 games remaining in their campaign when the ban was handed down. He’ll be eligible to return four games into next season, granted he finds a new NHL deal. Tinordi is set to become a restricted free agent at season’s end, and Tippett said there’s a possibility he could be back with Arizona.

“He’s still a young player with lots of upside,” Maloney told McLellan. “So we’ll address Jarred’s situation with us at the end of the season.”

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Tinordi’s violation of drug policy occurred before trade to Coyotes