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Kasperi Kapanen out indefinitely with a concussion

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Less than a week after Nazem Kadri’s return to the lineup, it appears that another Toronto Maple Leafs player will be sidelined for a while due to a concussion.

The team confirmed Wednesday that young winger Kasperi Kapanen will be out for an indefinite period of time after being officially diagnosed with a concussion following Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He joins defenceman Jaken Gardiner and Travis Dermott as prominent Leafs players that have been sidelined due to injury as of late.

It is not known when he sustained the injury, but it’s possible that it occurred during the previous game at the end of their Western Canada road trip against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. He failed to record a point, and was a minus-1 on the night. He sat out Monday’s game vs the Lightning due to precautionary reasons.

The recovery from a concussion is hard to predict, and can vary depending on the person and/or the severity of the diagnosis. If Kadri is any indication, expect him to miss approximately 8-10 games before making a return.

The 22-year old has compiled 19 goals, 23 assists and a plus-13 rating in 68 games this season.

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MUST SEE: Patrick Kane’s 400th career goal was a beauty!

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During the team’s 7-2 stomping over Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane showed up in a big way. The 32-year old recorded three points on the evening, including a goal that put him among the NHL’s all-time greats.

He became the 100th player in NHL history to reach the 400 goal milestone when his wrister beat Thomas Greiss midway through the third period. His teammates showed him a lot of love as well.

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WATCH: David Rittich headbutts wall after being pulled from game

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Allowing a goal from centre ice and getting shelled by the last place Ottawa Senators will make a man go insane. Case in point: Calgary Flames netminder David Rittich.

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Canadiens fire head coach Claude Julien and assistant Kirk Muller

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Following another loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens have decided to part ways with key members of their coaching staff.

The team has announced that they have relieved head coach Claude Julien and assistant coach Kirk Muller of their duties. They have been replaced with Dominique Ducharme, who has been promoted to interim head coach, and Alex Burrows. Luke Richardson and Stéphane Waite are sticking with their roles as assistants on the Canadiens’ coaching staff.

“I would like to sincerely thank Claude and Kirk for their contributions to our team over the past five years during which we worked together. I have great respect for these two men whom I hold in high regard,” said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.

“In Dominique Ducharme, we see a very promising coach who will bring new life and new energy to our group. We feel that our team can achieve high standards and the time had come for a change. “

Julien, 60, amassed a 129-123-35 record, and two postseason appearances during his four-plus year tenure as Canadiens’ bench boss.

After a hot start, the team has lost six of their past eight games, and dropped to fourth in the North Division with a 9-5-4 record.

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