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Coyotes sign GM Chayka to long-term extension

The Arizona Coyotes have signed general manager and president of hockey operations John Chayka to a long-term extension, the team announced on Monday.

Chayka became the youngest GM in NHL history when he took over the Coyotes in May 2016 at the age of 26. Prior to joining the Coyotes organization as an assistant GM in 2015, he co-founded the hockey analytics firm Stathletes.

Arizona has failed to return to the playoffs during his tenure, but the club is off to a 9-6-2 start this season.

Chayka has locked up the team's core over the last few seasons, signing Nick Schmaltz, Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Jakob Chychrun to contracts lasting at least six years. He's also made several key additions, most notably trading for Phil Kessel this summer and dealing for starting goalie Darcy Kuemper in 2018.

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Jets’ Little gets 25-30 stitches after taking slap shot to head

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little needed 25-30 stitches after taking a teammate's slap shot to the ear area during Tuesday's contest against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced.

Little was taken to the hospital to have the laceration closed before being transferred to the neurological unit for further observation. He was alert at all times.

The Jets did not provide an update on his status moving forward.

Here's a look at the incident:

Little, 31, has a history of concussions, including one that caused him to miss the first nine games of the season.

The veteran center has proven to be an important player for Winnipeg. The Jets are 4-2-1 with him in the lineup this season and 4-5-0 without him. He's registered a pair of goals and three assists in seven games.

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Doughty clarifies comments about Canucks: ‘Guys twisted my words’

Following the Los Angeles Kings' 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 9, Drew Doughty made headlines when he said "a team like that should not be beating a team like ours 8-2."

"There's actually no way," he continued. "I know they had a lot of energy right off the bat because it's their home opener and they had their whole ordeal with the captain and whatever. But we had chances to come back, and then we just gave up a goal right after we scored a goal. It was a bad team effort by everyone on this team, I thought."

Doughty's remarks inspired a new Canucks team slogan.

Ahead of Tuesday's matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Doughty clarified his comments while speaking to Canadian media for the second time since the drubbing in Vancouver. He believes his words were taken out of context.

"The guy's an idiot that made all that happen," Doughty told reporters, according to Sportsnet. "What I was trying to say there was they're a young team, we're an old team. We lost the game like 8-1 or something. That's just ridiculous for a veteran team to lose that bad to any team in the league, not only a young team. That was what I meant by those comments."

"Out in Vancouver, guys twisted my words. Pissing me off," he added, according to Luke Fox of Sportsnet. "I just want to go play and win games."

Doughty is arguably the league's most outspoken player, but he threatened his candidness could end if his words get mangled again.

"If you guys want us to be able to say things and be honest with you and then you're gonna go run with it and just get attacked by it, we're just gonna stop talking," he said.

The transitioning Kings sit third last in the Western Conference with a 5-9-0 record. However, Doughty is producing a bounce-back season thus far with 10 points in 14 games. He scored 45 points last season, well below his 60 in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, the Canucks (9-3-2) sit two points back of the conference-leading Edmonton Oilers with two games in hand.

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Doughty clarifies comments about Canucks: ‘Guys twisted my words’

Following the Los Angeles Kings' 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 9, Drew Doughty made headlines when he said "a team like that should not be beating a team like ours 8-2."

"There's actually no way," he continued. "I know they had a lot of energy right off the bat because it's their home opener and they had their whole ordeal with the captain and whatever. But we had chances to come back, and then we just gave up a goal right after we scored a goal. It was a bad team effort by everyone on this team, I thought."

Doughty's remarks inspired a new Canucks team slogan.

Ahead of Tuesday's matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Doughty clarified his comments while speaking to Canadian media for the second time since the drubbing in Vancouver. He believes his words were taken out of context.

"The guy's an idiot that made all that happen," Doughty told reporters, according to Sportsnet. "What I was trying to say there was they're a young team, we're an old team. We lost the game like 8-1 or something. That's just ridiculous for a veteran team to lose that bad to any team in the league, not only a young team. That was what I meant by those comments."

"Out in Vancouver, guys twisted my words. Pissing me off," he added, according to Luke Fox of Sportsnet. "I just want to go play and win games."

Doughty is arguably the league's most outspoken player, but he threatened his candidness could end if his words get mangled again.

"If you guys want us to be able to say things and be honest with you and then you're gonna go run with it and just get attacked by it, we're just gonna stop talking," he said.

The transitioning Kings sit third last in the Western Conference with a 5-9-0 record. However, Doughty is producing a bounce-back season thus far with 10 points in 14 games. He scored 45 points last season, well below his 60 in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, the Canucks (9-3-2) sit two points back of the conference-leading Edmonton Oilers with two games in hand.

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Tavares says he’ll return to Leafs’ lineup vs. Kings after 7-game absence

The captain is back.

Toronto Maple Leafs star John Tavares says he will play Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings after missing the last seven games with a broken finger, according to the Canadian Press' Josh Clipperton.

The Leafs held their head above water without Tavares, going 3-2-2 in his absence, but will certainly welcome back the team's leading goal-scorer from a year ago.

The Leafs still averaged 3.14 goals per game during the seven-game stretch, but the power play suffered, going just 2-for-22 without Tavares.

The 29-year-old had three goals and four assists in eight games before suffering the injury against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 16.

Tavares will draw in for fellow veteran Jason Spezza, who had two points - including his first goal as a Leaf - on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, head coach Mike Babcock said, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton.

The Leafs will also make two other lineup changes. Jake Muzzin said he's good to go after leaving Tuesday's game against the Caps with a charley horse and missing Saturday's tilt versus the Flyers for personal reasons. He'll sub in for Martin Marincin. Nic Petan, who was just recalled after recording five points in two games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, will also rejoin the lineup in place of Dmytro Timashov.

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Fantasy: 5 moves you need to make in Week 5

Every Monday, theScore offers a weekly fantasy hockey column detailing a handful of moves you should make. This week's edition focuses on Week 5. Ownership percentages and position eligibility are courtesy of Yahoo.

Trade for Patrik Laine

Team: Jets
Position: LW/RW
Ownership: 99%

With 14 points in 13 games, Laine is off to the best start of his career - but it could be a whole lot better. Although the prolific sniper has scored just three times, he's added 11 assists. If this pace continues, it would be the first time Laine tallies more assists than goals in a season.

Laine has been more engaged this year and more responsible defensively. As a result, head coach Paul Maurice has shown more trust in the 21-year-old and has given him a career-high 19:18 of ice time per game - over two minutes more than he averaged last season.

Laine's owner may be reluctant to give him up, but a strong enough offer could persuade him/her. The Finn is bound to start finding twine, specifically on the power play, where he's been held without a goal after registering half his tallies on the man advantage a year ago. He could be in line for a 90-100 point season.

Add Alexandar Georgiev

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Team: Rangers
Position: G
Ownership: 26%

It may be a passing of the torch in the Big Apple, as 23-year-old Georgiev has outplayed 37-year-old veteran Henrik Lundqvist through the Rangers' first 11 games:

Stat Georgiev Lundqvist
Rec. 3-2-1 2-3-0
GAA 2.27 3.58
SV% .933 .906

Georgiev will start his third straight game on Monday with a cushy matchup against the Ottawa Senators after allowing just one goal apiece against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators last week.

Lundqvist will start on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings, but Georgiev is all but guaranteed a start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, and possibly versus the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Georgiev has both short- and long-term value and needs to be owned in all formats.

Add Ryan Strome

Team: Rangers
Position: C/RW
Ownership: 32%

Another Ranger worth owning is the eldest Strome brother. With Mika Zibanejad sidelined, the former No. 5 overall pick has taken an opportunity and run with it. He's centering the Rangers' first line between Artemi Panarin and Jesper Fast and has recorded four goals and five assists during his six-game point streak.

Zibanejad and Panarin weren't gelling in the games leading up to the former's injury, so it's possible Strome can hang around on the first line even when Zibanejad returns.

Sell/drop Victor Olofsson

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Team: Sabres
Position: LW/RW
Ownership: 63%

Victor "Goalofsson" has not been living up to his name lately. After tallying six goals in his first seven games - all of which came on the power play - the Sabres rookie has failed to light the lamp in the eight contests since.

Buffalo's power play was due to come down to earth eventually, and it has. Considering Olofsson has not shown a propensity to score at even strength, he's no longer worth owning in fantasy.

In keeper/dynasty leagues, you may be able to get something in return for the Swede on the trade market. In redraft leagues, he's worth putting on the trade block, but if there are no takers, he can be dropped - especially considering Buffalo plays just two games this week, and both are against the Lightning.

Add Joel Farabee

Team: Flyers
Position: LW
Ownership: 1%

Farabee should be available in even the deepest of leagues. The Flyers rookie has mustered together just a goal and an assist through seven games, but he's had an additional two points revoked due to offside reviews.

The 19-year-old is skating on the club's first line with Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk and seeing time on the top power-play unit. Among skaters with 100 minutes played, he ranks seventh in the NHL with 6.15 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes, according to Natural Stat Trick.

A proven offensive threat at every level of his career, it's just a matter of time before the 14th overall pick from the 2018 draft starts capitalizing on his chances.

Josh Wegman has been theScore's resident fantasy hockey expert since 2015. Find him on Twitter @JoshWegman_.

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Flames GM: We ‘vehemently disagree’ with Lucic’s 2-game suspension

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving is not pleased with the NHL's decision to suspend Milan Lucic two games for roughing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kole Sherwood.

"I've got the utmost respect for George Parros and the department of player safety," Treliving said. "They do a great job. But on this one, we vehemently disagree."

Lucic landed a heavy sucker punch on Sherwood after the Jackets rookie tried to poke home a loose puck under goaltender David Rittich before the whistle. Lucic continued to get shots in after knocking Sherwood to the ice.

"I saw a player who poked, jabbed, whacked, speared, whatever you want to call it, the goaltender," Treliving said. "I think 31 teams around the league, if you do that to anybody, there is going to be a reaction."

Lucic received a double minor for roughing on the play. Treliving added he thought the on-ice officials handled the play correctly.

Lucic's history played a part in the league's decision. This is the fourth suspension of his career and he's been fined an additional five times. He's been suspended once and fined once for punches to the face of unwilling opponents since January 2016.

"We support our player 100 percent," Treliving continued. "We want our players to support each other, back each other up, and we felt that's what Milan was doing in this case."

Lucic has three points in 16 games this season and sits third in the league with 30 penalty minutes. Treliving acquired the 31-year-old enforcer along with a conditional third-round pick from the Edmonton Oilers this summer in exchange for James Neal.

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Report: Jets, Byfuglien likely headed to arbitration

The Dustin Byfuglien situation appears to have hit another complication.

The veteran blue-liner and the Winnipeg Jets are likely headed to arbitration to settle the ongoing saga, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported on Saturday's "Headlines" segment.

Byfuglien was suspended by the team without pay to begin the season as he contemplated retirement despite having two seasons left on his contract. However, he recently underwent ankle surgery to repair unresolved issues from an injury suffered last season.

If Byfuglien had no intention of retiring but was deemed unfit to play to begin the season due to a hockey-related injury, he likely would've been placed on long-term injured reserve and been able to collect his salary.

"It’s emotional, it’s heated, and it’s likely going to arbitration," Friedman said. "... But, from what I understand, (the Jets) feel in the exit physical at the end of last year, Dustin Byfuglien was deemed fit to play. He didn’t let anyone know that he had injuries with his ankle all summer, and made it clear at the beginning of the year he was ready to retire.

"However, Byfuglien - his representatives at Octagon and I assume the Players’ Association, too - their position is Byfuglien was hurt going into the playoffs, everybody knew that, he was playing injured, he took all summer off to heal, he went to Winnipeg because he planned to play, his ankle acted up again when he started skating, and they feel it’s a legitimate hockey injury.

"As part of the surgery, (they) discovered a broken bone in his foot, but there’s also dispute over when that injury occurred and when everybody knew this. So, laying it out that way right now, I think now everybody has a better understanding of why an arbitrator, as we sit here tonight, is probably going to have to decide this."

Byfuglien has already missed out on roughly $1.4 million of his salary this year, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston added.

The Jets, meanwhile, have severely missed their minutes leader from the last four seasons. In addition to Byfuglien, the offseason departures of Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers, and Ben Chiarot have left Winnipeg's blue line shorthanded. Josh Morrissey is the only holdover to play more than 25 games for the Jets last year.

Winnipeg enters Saturday ranked 21st in goals allowed after finishing in the top half of the league the last two campaigns.

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Watch: Flames’ Lucic sucker punches Blue Jackets’ Sherwood

Calgary Flames enforcer Milan Lucic was handed a double-minor for roughing after sucker punching Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kole Sherwood on Saturday night.

Lucic took exception to Sherwood jabbing at a loose puck under goaltender David Rittich. The whistle had not been blown at the time Sherwood attempted to jam home the rebound.

Lucic landed the initial blow, then got in a few more shots as he trampled Sherwood to the ice.

Sherwood left the game to undergo concussion protocol but eventually returned.

Lucic entered the evening third in the NHL with 26 penalty minutes.

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Canucks’ Hughes suffers lower-body injury vs. Ducks

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes suffered a lower-body injury Friday against the Anaheim Ducks and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest, the team announced.

The 20-year-old phenom went down awkwardly after getting his skate caught in the ice.

Hughes, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft, has 10 points in 13 games this season - the most among Canucks defensemen and tied for the most among all rookie skaters entering Friday.

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