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Leafs’ Auston Matthews Could Play Against Rangers

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews could be in the lineup against the New York Rangers when the teams take the ice on Saturday.

Matthews, who missed the past six games because of a concussion, said Friday that a decision will be made after the morning skate.

“I think it’s just talking with the training staff,” Matthews said after participating in his first practice since getting injured. “No decision is going to be made until tomorrow. I’m definitely feeling a lot better. I feel good out there on the ice. Obviously just trying to get my legs back.”

Matthews was injured when he collided with Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly during the third period of Toronto’s a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 9th.

“I think just later on after Pittsburgh, just colliding with Morgan and then later on that night, the next day, I wasn’t feeling very well,” Matthews said, when discussing the injury with reporters on Friday.

“Just normal concussion symptoms, I guess. Don’t need to go any farther than that.”

“Just like last time, it’s nice to get back out there with the whole team and get skating again,” said Matthews.

Matthews leads the team this season with 26 points, including 13 goals and 13 assists, in 26 games and Toronto is not the same team when he is out of the lineup.

“It’s very frustrating,” Matthews said.

“You never like missing games and two back-to-back injuries like that where you miss time, it [stinks]. Obviously the main thing is to be healthy. That’s my main concern, and obviously the training staff and everybody else’s, so like I said, I feel good and it feels good to get back on the ice.”

 

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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