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Sabres hire Ralph Krueger as head coach

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Guess who’s back in the NHL?!

The Buffalo Sabres are expected to officially announce the hiring of Ralph Krueger as their new head coach when GM Jason Botterill meets with the media on Wednesday morning.

The 59-year old Winnipeg native had previously been the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012/13 season after many years coaching overseas with German and Austrian club teams, along with a stint as bench boss of the Swiss men’s national hockey team.

But his time in the NHL was short lived. The Oilers relieved him of his duties after finishing with a 19-22-7 record during the lockout shortened season that year.

His most recent hockey related gig was when he lead to a Team Europe to an unexpected second-place finish at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

He had been employed by Premier League soccer club Southampton since 2014. He was promoted to chairman of the Football Club after a short stint as director. He was officially fired last month.

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Alex Kerfoot out indefinitely after undergoing facial surgery

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Things just keep getting worse for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team has learned on Friday that they have lost another forward to a long-term injury.

Third-line center Alex Kerfoot will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time after he underwent surgery repair facial dental fractures this week.

The 25-year old Vancouver native was acquired along with Tyson Barrie in an offseason trade that sent Nazem Kadri to the Colorado Avalanche on July 1st.

He has compiled five goals, three assists and a plus-1 rating in 20 games this season.

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TJ Brodie discharged from hospital, back at home after scary on-ice incident during practice

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The Calgary Flames and their fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

The team confirmed that defenceman TJ Brodie was released from the hospital and is back at home recovering with his family after a scary incident during Flames’ practice on Thursday where collapsed on the ice and started convulsing. He was eventually stretchered off the ice and sent to a hospital located near Scotiabank Saddledome for further testing.

Luckily everything appears to be okay.

“Following tests conducted at a local hospital, TJ has been discharged and is doing well in recovery at home with his family.”

No word yet on what caused this scary incident to happen. We will keep you updated as details emerge.

The 29-year old, who is in his tenth season with the franchise, has recorded eight assists in 21 games this season.

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Leafs waive struggling back-up Michael Hutchinson

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Micheal Hutchinson’s tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs has come to an end.

The team announced Monday that they have waived their struggling back-up goalie. The news comes less than a day after he allowed five goals on 34 shots during the team’s 5-4 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 29-year old, who was acquired last December, had yet to win a game in his five starts this season. He has posted a 0-4-1 record, 4.44 goals-against average and an 87.9 save percentage so far in 2018/19.

As a corresponding move, the Leafs are expected to recall goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

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