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Lightning’ Dan Girardi Day-to-Day

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi is day-to-day after being hit in the back of the helmet by a slap shot from Detroit Red Wings forward Martin Frk on Sunday.

“He’s doing much better than that looked,” coach Jon Cooper said (h/t NHL.com).

“I’ve been coaching at all levels for a long time, and that was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen, but hopefully everything is going to be OK. He’s just going to have a couple tests.”

Girardi signed a two-year contract wit Tampa Bay after 11 seasons with the New York Rangers, who bought out the final three years of his contract back in June.

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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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