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OHL game canceled after goalie suffers gruesome injury

Thursday's OHL game between the Niagara IceDogs and London Knights was cancelled after IceDogs goaltender Tucker Tynan was severely cut by a skate blade early in the second period, the league announced.

Tynan bled profusely after a collision with a Knights player in the crease. He was immediately attended to by trainers and paramedics before eventually being stretchered off the ice.

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Tim Thomas ‘couldn’t communicate with anybody’ after 2013 concussion

Former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas revealed he stepped away from hockey after the 2013-14 season due to brain damage from a concussion.

"I couldn't communicate with anybody for a few years," Thomas said Thursday ahead of his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, according to ESPN's Emily Kaplan. "I didn't call my dad. I didn't talk to anybody.

"There was a time period, yeah, where I hated the game, so to speak."

Thomas suffered the life-changing concussion while playing for the Florida Panthers in December 2013. He was traded to the Dallas Stars the following March but called it quits at the end of the campaign.

"I woke up the next morning after it and I couldn't decide what I wanted to eat, where I wanted to go," Thomas added. "I couldn't plan a schedule. I survived following the team schedule the rest of the year and just made it through that season."

The 45-year-old admitted he went off the grid for the last several years to deal with concussion-related symptoms. He's undergone many experimental treatments, which have helped with his brain function.

"I couldn't follow the game anymore," Thomas said. "My brain wasn't functioning well enough to be able to keep up with the game, so I sat out in the woods for a few years. I didn't watch much hockey."

Thomas' NHL career spanned just eight seasons after he broke into the league as a full-time goaltender at 31 years old. He helped lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in 2011, taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy in the process.

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Report: Bogosian requests trade from Sabres

Defenseman Zach Bogosian has requested a trade from the Buffalo Sabres, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.

The blue-liner has appeared in 10 games this season, recording three assists.

Buffalo has a bevy of right-shot defensemen alongside Bogosian, with Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour, Colin Miller, and Henri Jokiharju on the roster.

He is in the final year of a seven-year deal, carrying a cap hit of $5.14 million.

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Report: Galchenyuk on the trading block

After acquiring forward Alex Galchenyuk this offseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins are now looking to trade him, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported on Saturday's "Headlines" segment.

"The Penguins are looking around to see what fits are available for him," Friedman said. "Galchenyuk is somebody who could be finding a new home."

Galchenyuk, 25, arrived in Pittsburgh last summer from the Arizona Coyotes in the Phil Kessel trade. He's appeared in 21 games for the Penguins, posting two goals and 10 points.

The former third overall pick has struggled to both stay healthy and produce with his new team. He has been spending time on the Penguins' fourth line recently and has played less than 10 minutes in five of his last six games.

"The fact of the matter is, when we're totally healthy, he's going to have to work very hard just to get in the top 12," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said earlier this week, according to The Athletic's Josh Yohe. "That's just the way it is, because we have a lot of guys playing well."

Galchenyuk is in the final season of a three-year, $14.7-million deal.

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Landeskog set to return vs. Canadiens after 16-game absence

Colorado Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Andre Burakovsky will return to the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced.

Landeskog, 27, hasn't played since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 26. The Avalanche have gone 9-6-1 during his absence. The Colorado captain has seven points in 11 games so far this season.

Burakovsky has missed the last three games due to an upper-body injury. The 24-year-old winger has recorded 21 points in 24 games.

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Report: Keefe signs 3-year deal with Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has signed a three-year deal with the club, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Keefe had the opportunity to run his first practice with his new club Thursday morning and is looking to breathe some new life into the team.

"The first thing is trying to educate myself on exactly what's been happening ... Really getting to know the players and getting their thoughts and working with the coaching staff in terms of what have they identified as the issues," Keefe said to the assembled media, per TSN.

"We have a lot of work to do, a lot of things to really just renew the spirit of the team, that's really the main focus," Keefe added. "If we can tweak a couple of things that can inspire some confidence then we can hopefully build on that."

Keefe is in familiar territory with the Leafs, having coached 11 players on their NHL roster during his five-year stint with the Toronto Marlies.

"A big help for me, in particular, in these circumstances, coming in midstream ... is knowing the faces," Keefe added, per Sportsnet. "Just some familiarity. It's a lot easier for me coming into the room today and being around the guys and talking with them."

Keefe is set to make his debut behind the bench Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Shanahan: Waiting to fire Babcock would’ve been wrong

Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan provided some clarity on the organization's decision to fire head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday.

"When you think that you know what the right decision is, you have to act on it," Shanahan told the gathered media Wednesday, per TSN. "I think that waiting at this point would have been the wrong thing."

Shanahan brought Babcock to Toronto in May 2015, signing him to an eight-year, $50-million deal. Despite finding regular-season success, the Maple Leafs were unable to escape the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three campaigns. The team's slow start this year sealed Babcock's fate.

"(General manager) Kyle (Dubas) and I are in constant communication. I think that it really just came down to the last couple of weeks," Shanahan added. "We spoke in the last 48 hours again, and I just felt that it was something that needed to be done, and Kyle felt the same way."

The Maple Leafs have lost their last six games and sit in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with a 9-10-4 record.

"Our game is not really meeting our expectations," Shanahan continued. "We're mistake-prone on defense, the attention to details aren't there. Even the explosive offense our team was known for has been missing for a while now."

Sheldon Keefe will take over as the Leafs' new head coach. The 39-year-old has served as head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies since 2015, leading them to a Calder Cup title in 2018 and an overall record of 199-89-22-9.

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Horvat after thumping vs. Stars: ‘It really sinks in that this sucks’

The Vancouver Canucks didn't get anything going on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars during a 6-1 loss. Now captain Bo Horvat is looking to get his team back on track after just one win in Vancouver's last eight games.

"When you're down like that it really sinks in that this sucks," Horvat said postgame, according to The Athletic's Thomas Drance. "Down five goals in the third period with no chance of coming back, we'll remember that feeling and make sure it doesn't happen again."

After going 8-3-1 in October, the Canucks have started to slide while posting a 2-5-3 record in November.

"We're a type of team that we can't just have a couple of guys going, we need everybody to step up and everybody to play," Horvat added. "Right now we're kind of separated. Our timing isn't there, and we gotta figure that out and start playing the way we were in October."

The Canucks started a six-game road trip on Tuesday night. They visit the Nashville Predators next on Thursday.

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Tkachuk upset with Flames’ losing streak: ‘Something’s gotta change here’

After the Calgary Flames lost their fourth game in a row Sunday, forward Matthew Tkachuk didn't shy away from critiquing his team's recent performance.

"It's disgusting. It's bad. It's bad right now. We need to change this around ... something's gotta change here," Tkachuk said postgame. "We've gotta get back to the old us and get out of this little funk we have here because this is not fun."

The Flames dropped Sunday's contest 6-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights and were blanked by the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, marking the first time since 2009 that they've been shut out on back-to-back days, according to Sportsnet Stats.

"It's getting pretty old," Tkachuk added. "We just can't get this lead. We trail, we press, and they put a six-spot up on us when it's a pretty tight game until the third period.

"We just kind of let them run away with it and leave our goalie out to dry countless times. It's getting old."

The Flames own a 10-10-3 record this season and currently sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division.

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Avs’ Johnson rips refs for not blowing play dead with Calvert injured

The Colorado Avalanche held on to a win over the Vancouver Canucks in overtime, but defenseman Erik Johnson wasn't a fan of one particular decision the referees made late in the match.

Up by two with under three minutes to play, Avs blue-liner Matt Calvert blocked Elias Pettersson's shot with his head. The referees opted not to blow the play dead, and the Canucks scored with Calvert on the ice in pain and bleeding from his head.

"It's a f---ing joke. You want to protect a guy? Guy's got a family at home, he's laying there bleeding out of his head and you don't blow the whistle?" Johnson said, according to The Athletic's Ryan S. Clark. "It's a complete joke. An absolute joke. They should be ashamed of themselves."

"That rule is pretty crazy, a guy laying there bleeding out the side of his head," Nathan MacKinnon said postgame. "I know it's not the refs fault, it's the league rule ... I don't think he's faking it, trying to get a whistle."

The Canucks went on to score again, forcing overtime. MacKinnon, who was visibly frustrated with the referees after they allowed play to continue, ended things quickly by scoring 27 seconds into the extra frame.

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