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Matt Cullen retires from the NHL after 21 seasons

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One of the oldest active NHL players has decided to retire.

Veteran forward Matt Cullen announced Wednesday that he is riding off into the sunset and calling it quits after 21 seasons in the NHL.

“I’ve been in a constant state of almost-retirement for the last few years. But coming into this last season, I knew that no matter what it would be the end. Even if we had won the Cup I would have been done. Playing those last few years really gave me the clarity to know this was it.” wrote Cullen in a statement released by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“It was an emotional time, but I knew it was coming. It just felt right and I was really at peace with everything when it was over.”

The 42-year old, who was selected 35th overall in the 1996 NHL Draft, compiled 285 goals, 504 assists, 624 penalty minutes and a minus-31 rating over a span of 1,566 regular season games and 53 playoff games split between eight different franchises: most notably the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and Penguins.

He never made an All-Star appearance, but managed to win three Stanley Cups with two different teams throughout his career (2006 with Hurricanes, 2016 and 2017 with Penguins).

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Florida Panthers part ways with GM Dale Tallon

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After 10 seasons, the Dale Tallon era has come to an end in South Florida.

The Florida Panthers announced that they will part ways with general manager Dale Tallon, just days after being eliminated in four games by the New York Islanders in their qualifying series.

“For the last decade, Dale raised the team’s profile, attracted key players to South Florida and brought character and class to our franchise,” said Panthers owner Vincent Viola.

“When we purchased the Panthers in 2013, we did so with a singular goal — to win a Stanley Cup. We have not seen our efforts come to fruition. We will now begin an organizational search for the next general manager.”

The Panthers have not won a single playoff series since 1996, and while they drafted some promising young talent under Tallon’s watch, they were never able to take the next step in their development.

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Jake Muzzin released from hospital and back in NHL bubble, but will miss remainder of series

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Some bittersweet news regarding Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin. The good news: He has been released from the hospital and allowed to go back into the NHL’s Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto. However, due to the injury he sustained in the final minutes of Tuesday afternoon’s 3-0 win, he will be sidelined for the remainder of the best-of-five series against the Columbus Blue Jacjets

“After being transported to hospital following an on-ice collision last night, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin is back at the team’s hotel,” said the Leafs in a news release.

“Muzzin was discharged overnight but will not be available to the club for the duration of its series versus the Columbus Blue Jackets as a result of his injury. He will remain in quarantine within the hotel and look to rejoin his teammates upon recovery.”

The 31-year-old defenceman was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois from behind and landed head first onto Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg as he fell to the ice. He laid on the ice in pain for several minutes before being helped off the ice by a stretcher.

The Leafs are tied 1-1 in their qualifying series with the Blue Jackets.

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Injured Jets stars Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine to see specialists after Game 1 injuries

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As if Saturday night wasn’t rough enough for the Winnipeg Jets.

Aside from a disastrous 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup qualifying series, the team announced that both their star forwards Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine are seeing specialists to determine the extent of their injuries.

Scheifele left Saturday’s game early in the first period after sustaining a leg injury in a collision with Matthew Tkachuk. Jets head coach Paul Maurice has since accused the feisty Flames forward of intentionally injuring Scheifele.

“He could have cut his Achilles. He could have ended the man’s career. It’s an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit,”  said Maurice.

Laine sustained a hand injury in the third while colliding with Flames captain Mark Giordano and forward Sam Bennett.

Game 2 of the series takes place on Monday at 2:30pm/ET.

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