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The Daily: Slafkovsky Apologizes, Red Wings Luff Accepts; Grier Willing to Listen to Karlsson Trade Offers

Slafkovky’s boarding major broke the wrist of Detroit’s Matt Luff



juraj Slafkovsky, Montreal Canadiens
Juraj Slafkovsky has aplogized for breaking the wrist of Red Wings forward Matt Luff.

Montreal Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky used the downtime during his two-game NHL suspension to make amends with Detroit Red Wings forward Matt Luff. Slafkovsky, the first player chosen in the 2022 NHL entry draft, was issued a suspension for boarding Luff during a recent Red Wings vs Canadiens game at Little Caesars Arena.

Luff ended up suffering a fractured wrist and was undergoing surgery to repair the damage late last week. He’ll be missing 10-12 weeks.

“I reached out to him,” Slafkovsky told reporters. “It sucks what happened with him and (the) injury. He texted back and said thanks for reaching out. I think that’s all I can do after that incident. I cannot change what happened.”

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Red Wings Next Game

Detroit will be concluding a three-game West Coast swing Thursday at San Jose against the Sharks (10:30 pm ET start time). The Red Wings will be looking to snap their four-game (0-2-2) winless skid.

Griffins Starting Early

The Grand Rapids Griffins will be early risers on Wednesday. They’re playing an AHL game against the Rockford IceHogs at Van Andel Arena with an 11 am start. It’s their annual school day game.

IceHogs goaltender Arvid Soderblom is the older brother of Detroit forward Elmer Soderblom.

Hockey Now Network

Philadelphia: Sporting a bruised lip and cheek, John Tortorella looked as though he’d come in second in a hockey fight. In actuality, the Flyers coach was kicked in the face by a horse on his South Jersey farm. Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh: Dropping to 6-7-2 on the season, the Penguins were 5-2 losers to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Boston: Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch will review the Bruins’ vetting process in the Mitchell Miller debacle. Boston Bruins

Washington: Peter Laviolette was returning to the Capitals bench Tuesday after missing two games while in COVID-19 protocol. Washington Capitals

Florida: Coach Paul Maurice says he’s happy with the first month of the season turned in by the Panthers. Florida Panthers

Islanders: The Islanders placed forward Nikita Soshnikov on waivers. New York Islanders

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Dallas: Stars forward Joe Pavelski isn’t getting older, he’s getting better. Dallas Stars

Colorado: With three points and a -4 rating in 14 games, Alex Newhook was benched during Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to St. Louis. Colorado Avalanche

Vegas: Since their nine-game win streak was halted, the Golden Knight have lost two in a row. Vegas Golden Knights

Calgary: Is there a strained relationship between Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau and Calgary coach Darryl Sutter? Calgary Flames

San Jose: Sharks GM Mike Grier indicated he’s willing to listen to any trde offer for defenseman Eric Karlsson. San Jose Sharks