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Konopka releases statement regarding suspension

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:32 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka released the following statement on Thursday following the announcement that he has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program:

"I deeply regret that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance in violation of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. I accept full responsibility for this error. As a professional athlete I am responsible for what I put in my body, and I am to blame for this mistake.

"I want to make it clear that this violation occurred because I ingested a product that can be purchased over-the-counter and which, unknown to me, contained a substance that violated the program. Unfortunately, I did not take the necessary care to ensure that the product did not contain a prohibited substance. I want to stress, however, that I did not take this substance for the purpose of enhancing my athletic performance.

"I apologize to my teammates and to the Buffalo Sabres organization, as well as to my friends and family. I have learned a great deal from this experience, something I hope to be able to share with younger players. I will accept this suspension and continue to work hard to prepare for the 2014-15 season."

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Penguins forward Bennett to have wrist surgery

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:24 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett needs surgery to repair a hand/wrist injury that never fully healed.

He is scheduled to have surgery next week and said he expects to be prepared for training camp next season.

Bennett was expected to return in early March after missing three months. A setback kept him out for another few weeks; he finally returned March 28 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played in the final nine regular-season games and the Penguins' first 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games but was scratched for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers. He said Thursday he wasn't completely healthy in the postseason.

"Unfortunately that setback I had was a back-to-square-one setback," Bennett said. "They gave me the option to either play with it or get [the surgery] done then and there in February, and I was kind of sick of watching and I was taping it and hoping for the best and that kind of limited me in that way."

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Sabres' Konopka suspended 20 games

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKBuffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The player's contract expires with the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The term of the suspension will be served at the beginning of any new contract.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.

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Islanders' Tavares skating, cleared for full activity

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 11:22 AM / News

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New York Islanders captain John Tavares has been cleared to skate and his recovery from a knee injury that ended his 2013-14 season is going well, he told a Buffalo radio station Thursday.

"Everything's pretty much back to normal," Tavares told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they're preparing for the Memorial Cup for three days and three practices, and I feel really good.

"I'm just happy I'm able to put this behind me, move forward, and look toward next season."

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Sharks owner backs GM Wilson, coaching staff

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 6:41 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The majority owner of the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday publicly expressed support for general manager Doug Wilson and Wilson's support of the staff led by coach Todd McLellan.

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Kings sign LoVerde to one-year contract

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 5:37 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday signed defenseman Vincent LoVerde to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

LoVerde, 25, played the past two seasons with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. He had 20 points (two goals, 18 assists) and 46 penalty minutes in 70 regular-season games this season with a plus-37 rating that was tied for second in the AHL. He split time with Manchester and the Ontario Reign of the ECHL in 2012-13, combining for 30 points in 78 games.

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Czechs shut out Italy, Swiss edge Germany at Worlds

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 5:06 PM / News

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Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils and Jiri Sekac scored, and Alexander Salak needed to make 11 saves to give the Czech Republic to a 2-0 victory against Italy in preliminary-round action Wednesday at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus.

Goalie Daniel Bellissimo made 35 saves for Italy.

Sekac gave the Czech Republic (2-2, six points) a 1-0 lead 2:53 into the second period with assists from Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler and Ondrej Nemec. Jagr scored his second goal of the tournament off a hard wrist shot into the top corner with 4:26 remaining in the third off a pass from former Flames forward Roman Cervenka.

"I don't think we were surprised," Nemec told the IIHF website. "If you're playing at the World Championship, every team is really good. They showed us today how good they are. It was a really tough game for us. We wanted to score a goal a little bit earlier."

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Rinne leads Finland past Germany at Worlds

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 20 saves to lead Finland to a 4-0 victory against Germany in preliminary-round play at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena in Belarus on Tuesday.

The victory was the first for Finland (1-2, three points) in the Group B field. In the previous two games between these countries at the World Championship in 2011 and 2013, each game was won by Finland in overtime.

The extra period wasn't needed Tuesday, when Petri Kontiola had a goal and an assist and won 61 percent of his faceoffs.

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Capitals sign 2009 pick Mitchell to one-year contract

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 2:11 PM / News

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday signed forward Garrett Mitchell to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mitchell, 22, had two assists and 44 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League this season, and has 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 160 career AHL games. From 2006-11, he had 112 points (51 goals, 61 assists) in 264 games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League while serving as captain in 2010-11.

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Blues hire Kirk Muller as assistant coach

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 12:04 PM / News

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The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday hired Kirk Muller as an assistant coach.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported Muller, who was fired last week as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, will receive a two-year contract to join veteran Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

"We are excited to add Kirk to our staff," general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He was a Stanley Cup-winning player, and as a coach has shown excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to both young and veteran players."

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