The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday that No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang will be out four to six months following surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.
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Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is not happy with Penguins star Sidney Crosby, saying the two-time league MVP should be suspended "for a long time" as a result of a serious finger injury to Senators defenseman Marc Methot.
"We all know who he is. The guy is just beyond belief," Melnyk told TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa on Friday. "You do this kind of stuff, I don't care who you are in the league, I don't care if you're the No. 1 player in the league, you need to sit out a long time for this kind of crap."
In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, get ready to say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round.
"I don't think it was designed for this," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen."
The Blue Jackets, Capitals and Penguins could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round.
"It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever," Capitals forward Daniel Winnik said. "It doesn't work. It doesn't make sense."
After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth.
Crosby's teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending Stanley Cup champions' 3-1 win over the Sabres on Tuesday night.
The Maple Leafs announced on Wednesday that the club has acquired forward Eric Fehr, defenceman Steven Oleksy and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Penguins in exchange for defenceman Frank Corrado.
Fehr, 31, has appeared in 52 games with the Penguins in 2016-17, registering 11 points (six goals, five assists) and 14 penalty minutes. Fehr captured the Stanley Cup in 2016 as a member of the Penguins.
Oleksy, 31, has appeared in 11 games with the Penguins this season, recording one assist and 24 penalty minutes. Oleksy has appeared in 73 career NHL games between Washington and Pittsburgh, registering 20 points (three goals, 17 assists).
Corrado, 23, appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Toronto native has also skated in 18 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL), registering 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) in 18 games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes on the same day they announced that defenseman Trevor Daley will miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.
Pittsburgh sent a second-round pick this year and prospect Danny Kristo to Carolina in the trade.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is out six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left hand.
The team announced that Maatta had surgery on Friday. He injured the hand in the second period of Thursday night's 4-3 overtime victory against the Jets.
Sidney Crosby is the newest member of the NHL's 1,000-point club.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on Chris Kunitz's goal 6:28 into the first period of Thursday night's 4-3 overtime win over the Jets.
In addition to that point, Crosby added another assist and scored the game-winner.
Crosby's points total stand at 633 assists to go with 369 goals in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, whose 54 points is tied for the team lead with Sidney Crosby, will miss the NHL All-Star Game with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday.
Malkin, who has 22 goals, also will miss Thursday's game against the Boston Bruins and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
Alex Ovechkin scored 35 seconds into the Washington Capitals' 5-2 victory over Sidney Crosby and the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night to become the 84th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points.