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Leafs’ Auston Matthews Out Up to a Month with Shoulder Injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss up to a month of action after injuring his left shoulder on Saturday and was officially placed on injured reserve on Monday.

While the injury will keep Matthews off the ice for significant time, surgery will not be needed. Matthews was injured on a hit by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

“It’s frustrating, but there’s not much you can do,” Matthews said (h/t NHL.com). “It [stinks], but it’s part of the game. I’m going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as possible when I’m feeling back to myself. We’ve got a lot of depth on this team, and no doubt everybody is going to be fine and step up.”

“I knew the guy was coming,” Matthews said. “Trying to get a shot off, you don’t really know what to expect because you’re so close to the goalie, so you don’t know if you’re going to get hit going into the goalie. Obviously, he took the body, which is what you’re supposed to do, and he caught me at the right angle.”

“You’ve just got to let it heal, I guess, and do everything I can to stay in shape,” Matthews said. “Obviously, it’s not the position you want to be in, but at least you can still kind of skate once it starts to heal a little bit and feel better, get back on the ice, and try to stay in game shape.

“Regardless of the situation, your health comes first. It’s early (in the season), so you want to come back when you’re feeling ready to go and back to 100 percent.”

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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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