Maple Leafs sign Der-Arguchintsev to entry-level deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday, the team announced.

He's coming off his second season with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League where he put up 12 goals and 51 points in 68 games.

Der-Arguchintsev was drafted in the third round, 76th overall, in this past June's draft.

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Red Wings’ Green dealing with virus, could miss beginning of season

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green could be out for the start of the regular season as he deals with a virus, head coach Jeff Blashill said Friday.

"He's got a virus that attacked his liver, so he's seen an infectious disease (specialist) today and we should know more here in the next little bit. I don't know how long he's going to be out," Blashill said, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.

Green had surgery in April for a herniated disc but his current ailment is unrelated, according to general manager Ken Holland.

"The day before camp he saw the doctor in New York on his neck, he was totally cleared, cleared for contact," Holland said. "The plan was to ramp him up and play him the two of the last three preseason games. As we got into camp and were on the ice two, three, four days he didn't feel like he had his energy, he felt a little bit fatigued. Our doctors did some initial bloodwork, and now we're trying to get him to see a doctor today or Monday gather more information."

Green signed a two-year, $10.75-million contract in July to stick with the Red Wings. Last season, the 32-year-old recorded eight goals and 25 assists in 66 games.

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Domi addresses suspension: ‘By no means did I want to hurt him’

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi spoke for the first time since being suspended for the remainder of the preseason for punching Florida Panthers blue-liner Aaron Ekblad.

As transcribed by Stu Cowan of The Montreal Gazette, Domi said:

"It's a real tough situation, obviously, for everyone involved. I feel bad about it. It's not the way I wanted to handle that. It's an emotional game. Obviously, I'm an emotional player. I've known Aaron for a long time. Grew up playing against each other. We always play hard, always battle, whether it was in minor hockey, junior, the national level, and now the NHL, too. By no means did I want to hurt him. I feel bad about it and I hope he's OK. But, you know what, I got to suffer the consequences of it. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is and I definitely respect the league's decision."

The incident occurred Wednesday, Domi's first game in a Canadiens sweater since being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes over the offseason.

Ekblad avoided serious injury but called Domi's actions "stupid" and believes scores will be settled when the two clubs meet in the regular season.

Domi is eligible to suit up for the Habs' regular-season opener Oct. 3 in Toronto.

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Ekblad calls Domi ‘stupid’ for punch that drew suspension

Aaron Ekblad didn't hold back Friday when asked about Max Domi's punch on Wednesday night that earned the Montreal Canadiens forward a suspension for the rest of the preseason.

When asked about the suspension, Ekblad told reporters, including Jameson Olive of the Florida Panthers' official website, "It's kind of a gift ... I don't want to comment too much on the league's decision, but I think it's wrong. That's life, though."

Ekblad, who has a history of concussions, added Friday that he wasn't concerned about having one as a result of Wednesday's incident. The Panthers blue-liner was pulled from the game by the NHL as part of the concussion protocol, but it was determined he didn't suffer a concussion or a broken nose.

Domi's suspension amounts to five exhibition contests and will not cost him any salary. He was assessed a match penalty following the incident, which can be seen below:

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theScore’s top 100 NHL players: 90-81

Leading up to the start of the 2018-19 season, theScore will be counting down the top 100 players in the game today, as voted on by four of our NHL editors. We'll reveal 10 players every weekday until the top 10 is unveiled on Oct. 3.

100-91 | 90-81 | 80-71 | 70-61 | 60-51 | 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-1

90. Brayden Point, Lightning

Wegman O'Leary Gold-Smith Hagerman
82 93 87 83

Point took a huge step last season after an admirable rookie campaign. He hit the 30-goal mark for the first time, finishing second on the club behind only Nikita Kucherov, while contributing 66 points. He put up another 16 points in 17 playoff games. -- Hagerman

89. Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks

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NR 68 91 81

Despite a decline in production over recent years, Toews has the benefit of an impeccable resume to back his case as one of the league's best players. He may not be winning Conn Smythes anymore, but Toews remains one of the game's most recognizable faces and can be depended on in all situations. -- O'Leary

88. Joe Pavelski, Sharks

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63 99 82 97

Pavelski's performance has declined over the past two seasons, but he remains one of the NHL's most durable, versatile, and consistent two-way forwards. -- Wegman

87. Nikolaj Ehlers, Jets

Wegman O'Leary Gold-Smith Hagerman
89 91 90 70

Ehlers is one of the most dynamic young talents in the NHL and is a key cog in the Jets' overwhelming offense. He skates with blistering pace and racked up 29 goals last season despite averaging only 16 minutes of ice time per game. The sky is the limit. -- O'Leary

86. Hampus Lindholm, Ducks

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71 65 NR NR

Lindholm is a piece every NHL team would covet for their blue line. The swift-skating 24-year-old drives possession effectively and can be used dependably in all scenarios. He also poured in a career-high 13 goals last season despite playing just 69 games. -- O'Leary

85. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Sharks

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NR 81 85 67

Vlasic has become one of the premiere defensive defensemen in the league. He's remained disciplined despite his rugged style of play, taking just two minor penalties during the 2017-18 season, and both were for a delay of game. Meanwhile, he played 72.3 percent of his five-on-five ice time against opposing top-six forwards, the fourth-highest percentage in the NHL. -- Hagerman

84. Jonathan Marchessault, Golden Knights

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76 90 77 89

The Florida Panthers probably weren't expecting Marchessault to repeat his 30-goal 2016-17 season when they exposed him in the expansion draft, but he nearly matched it with the Vegas Golden Knights. Marchessault poured in 27 goals and piled up a career-high 75 points in 77 games, and was even better in the playoffs. He's the real deal. -- Gold-Smith

83. Tuukka Rask, Bruins

Wegman O'Leary Gold-Smith Hagerman
90 78 84 77

Rask appeared in fewer games over an 82-game schedule last season (54) than he's played since 2011-12. However, he proved he's still a reliable goaltender when healthy, posting a .917 save percentage and a better high-danger save percentage than Connor Hellebuyck and Frederik Andersen, per Corsica. The 31-year-old remains a model of consistency. -- Gold-Smith

82. Eric Staal, Wild

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72 NR 89 64

The eldest Staal brother is coming off a bounce-back season for the ages, finishing fourth in the league with 42 goals. An inflated 17.4 shooting percentage played a part, but he's undoubtedly reestablished himself as one of the league's premier power forwards. -- Wegman

81. Mikael Granlund, Wild

Wegman O'Leary Gold-Smith Hagerman
69 NR 83 71

Granlund is at least partially responsible for Staal's reemergence. Since moving from center to the wing prior to the 2016-17 season, the highly-skilled Finn has collected 136 points in 158 games, proving to be the driving force of the Wild's offensive attack. -- Wegman

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Karlsson: No talks with Sens’ brass since submitting trade list in November

While settling into his new surroundings on the West Coast, newcomer Erik Karlsson shed some light on the longstanding disconnect between himself and the Ottawa Senators' front office, which culminated in last week's trade to the San Jose Sharks.

"I haven't spoken to any of them really since November of last year when they asked for my no-trade list," the star defenseman told Postmedia's Michael Traikos. "That's the way it is, I guess. That's the only situation I know that's been like this. It was what it was. I was there to play hockey and I did that to the best of my ability with what we had. That's all that I worried about.

"Everything else around it is above my pay grade. That's not my question to ask."

At the time, Karlsson downplayed the significance of submitting his no-trade list, simply calling it a contractual obligation. And he ultimately stuck with the Senators beyond the trade deadline until the end of the season.

Still, if there was indeed no contact between Senators' brass and their captain for the last 10 months, that would mean the club later offered Karlsson a contract extension, reportedly worth $10 million per season, without any direct communication.

Karlsson played nine seasons in Canada's capital, earning two Norris Trophies and four first-team All-Star selections while collecting 518 points in 627 games.

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