NHL News: Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Devils, Senators and Johnny Bower

NHL News: Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Devils, Senators and Johnny Bower

Toronto Maple Leafs great Johnny Bower passes away at the age of 93.
On the Arizona Coyotes …

NHL Player Safety: Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo has waived his right to have an in-person hearing and will have a phone hearing today.

On the Columbus Blue Jackets …

Columbus Blue Jackets: Forward Tyler Motte and defenseman Dean Kukan have been recalled from the AHL. The Blue Jackets emergency recalled forwards Jordan Schroeder and Sonny Milano.

Forwards Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg have been placed on the IR.

On the New Jersey Devils …

Andrew Gross of NJ.com: Still waiting for an injury update on Brian Boyle and Kyle Palmieri. Both left Saturday’s game for precautionary reasons according to coach John Hynes.

Boyle looked to injure his leg in the second period and didn’t return for the third.

Palmieri took a blindside hit in the third period and went straight to their room.

On the Ottawa Senators …

Cap Friendly: The Senators have signed undrafted free agent Aaron Luchuk (Barrie – OHL) to a three-year entry-level deal. He’ll carry a $759,166 cap hit and can make up to $925,000 with bonuses.

Don Brennan on the Ottawa Sun: Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki is making small steps as he looks to return from a concussion, but he still has a ways to go.

“We’re not talking close. Closer, but I don’t see it before mid-January,” said Boucher.  “We might get lucky, but the problem is even if he’s ready to practice, he hasn’t played in so long. He’ll need probably two weeks just getting back his timing. When you’ve missed so long, you can’t just come back and go.”

On the Toronto Maple Leafs …

On Johnny Bower

Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower passed away last night at age of 93.

“The entire Toronto Maple Leaf organization is deeply saddened following the passing of Johnny Bower,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement released by the team. “Johnny was beloved by so many for much more than his Hall of Fame credentials as a player. It was his generosity of spirit, kindness and passion for people that made him a legend at life. The Toronto Maple Leafs, and our fans, are deeply indebted to Johnny for all that he gave to us, and taught us over the years. We will miss him dearly, but we know that his presence will forever be felt by our Club and our city.”