NHL notebook: Blue Jackets forward suspended 3 games for illegal hit
By Wire Reports
Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 8:45 p.m.
• Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie was suspended for three games without pay Friday for boarding Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Thursday. No penalty was assessed for the hit. The Coyotes said Ekman-Larsson has an upper-body injury.
• Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul was fined $10,000 for his hit on Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves during the Winter Classic. Lupul was assessed a cross-checking minor in the first period after the hit on Eaves, who didn't return to the game.
• The Sabres claimed enforcer Zenon Konopka off waivers from the Wild, marking the seventh team the 33-year-old forward has played for. He signed with the Wild in July 2012.
• The Panthers activated defenseman and captain Ed Jovanovski from injured reserve and said he'll make his season debut Saturday against Nashville. Jovanovski had hip surgery in April.
• Olympic gold medalists and former Stanley-Cup winning Red Wings captains Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom will enter the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. Yzerman helped Canada win the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic gold, and Lidstrom scored the decisive goal for Sweden in the 2006 Turin Olympic final.
• The Devils placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 27, with an undisclosed injury. New Jersey also activated forward Ryan Carter from injured reserve, placed forward Mattias Tedenby on waivers and recalled forward Mike Sislo from Albany of the AHL.
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