NHL notebook: Tortorella suspended 15 days without pay
The NHL suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days on Monday for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames.
Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room at intermission following the first period Saturday night, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team. Vancouver won the game 3-2 in a shootout.
“Mr. Tortorella's actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the league,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement.
“Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.”
Tortorella's suspension runs through Feb. 2. He will miss six games starting Tuesday night at Edmonton.
Tortorella is not allowed to have any interaction with the Canucks before, during or after games during that time.
“We respect the decision made by the National Hockey League today to suspend John Tortorella for 15 days from Sunday, with no contact with the team for six games,” Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement.
• Henrik Sedin's ironman streak is ending at 679 games. Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan said Monday the Vancouver captain will not play at Edmonton on Tuesday because of an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
• Evander Kane will be back in the Jets' lineup Tuesday. The left winger has been out since Jan. 7 when he injured his hand in a fight during Winnipeg's 4-2 home loss to the Lightning.
• The Capitals re-assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey of the AHL. Grubauer had been on pace to establish himself as the Capitals' No. 1 goalie until he was pulled from the last two games.
• The Flames signed unrestricted free-agent center Matt Stajan to a four-year, $12.5 million contract extension, according to multiple reports. Stajan, 30, has seven goals and 10 assists with a minus-18 rating through 41 games.
— Wire reports
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