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Travis Dermott out week-to-week with shoulder injury



The Leafs won the game but lost an important part of their defensive core moving forward.

The team has confirmed that defenceman Travis Dermott will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of weeks after suffering a shoulder injury during their 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Dermott sustained the injury when he was hit from behind into the boards shortly after getting rid of the puck by Oilers forward Brad Malone with about 9:56 remaining in the third period. He immediately headed straight to the locker room, and did not return for the duration of the game.

The 22-year old, who is in his second season with the Leafs, has posted four goals, 13 assists and a minus-1 rating in 60 games so far this season.

The injury could’t have occurred at a worse time for the team, as they just announced hours before the contest that Jake Gardiner would also be out week-to-week with a back injury.

For the time being, Martin Marincin and Justin Holl will take Dermott and Gardiner’s place in the lineup for Thursday’s highly anticipated game against the New York Islanders.


Hurricanes defenceman Dougie Hamilton out long term with broken left fibula



The Carolina Hurricanes have been dealt a major blow to their defensive core.

The team announced that veteran defenceman Dougie Hamilton will miss an extended period of time after breaking his left fibula during their 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Hamilton sustained the injury when he fell awkwardly into the boards after fighting for the puck with forward Kevin Stenlund with 16 seconds left in the second period.

The 26-year old has recorded 14 goals and 26 assists in 46 games this season. There is no timetable for his return.

As a result, his spot at the 2020 All-Star Game with the Metropolitan team has been filled by teammate Jaccob Slavin.

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Golden Knights fire head coach Gerard Gallant, immediately replace him with Peter DeBoer



The Vegas Golden Knights have made major changes following their loss on Tuesday night.

Just hours after their 4-2 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced they have relieved head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly of their duties. They immediately followed that with hiring Peter DeBoer to take Gallant’s place.

Gallant, 56, was hired as the franchise’s first-ever head coach in April 2017, and immediately led them to a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural campaign in the NHL.

However, things had soured since they blew a major three goal lead with 10 minutes remaining in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last April.

Having the likes of Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny signed to major multiyear deals, they have high expectations, and came into 2019/2020 expected to compete for the cup. So far they have gotten out to a pedestrian 24-19-6 start, and are losers of four straight games heading into Wednesday.

Gallant leaves the franchise with a 118-75-20 record over two plus seasons, and won 16 combined playoff games during that span.

DeBoer, on the other hand, was just 35 days removed from being let go as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. He has quite the NHL resume backing him up.

The 51-year old has won 415 games, and been a head coach for three different teams (Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Sharks) over 12 seasons.

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Tuukka Rask could miss extended time after being diagnosed with concussion



The Boston Bruins lost more than just a game on Tuesday.

During their 3-0 loss to the Columbus Jackets, goalie Tuukka Rask left the game after getting elbowed by Emil Bemstrom just over a minute into the game.

It’s safe to say Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was not happy about the irresponsible play by the Blue Jackets forward, but chose to take the high road when talking to reporters following the game.

“It was an elbow to the head. It’s a penalty is what it is, so you have to move on,” said Cassidy.

“It’s just unfortunate that it happens to your No. 1. It was pretty clear to me.”

To add insult to injury, the team has confirmed that their no.1 goaltender did indeed suffer a concussion during the play. It remains unclear how long he will be sidelined.

Rask has posted a 17-4-6 record, 2.27 goals-against average, 92,5 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games this season.

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