NHL: Leafs’ Michael Bunting fined for diving, Hurricanes Tony DeAngelo sidelined a month, and Daniil Tarasov out for season

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Feb 19, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting (58) pursues the play in front of St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL fined Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting $2,000 on Thursday for diving/embellishment.

Under NHL Rule 64, fines for that infraction are assessed on a graduated scale.

Michael Bunting fined for diving

Bunting, 26, received a warning for his first diving violation on Nov. 16, 2021, against the Nashville Predators.

His second incident, which triggered the fine, occurred at 12:42 of the second period in Toronto’s 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 17.

Third and fourth offenses would result in fines of $3,000 and $4,000, respectively. Starting with a fifth infraction, the offending player’s head coach also receives a fine.

Bunting has 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) through 50 games this season, his first with the Maple Leafs.

Tony DeAngelo out one month

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo will be sidelined about a month with an injury to his midsection, coach Rod Brind’Amour said Thursday.

DeAngelo, 26, left Monday’s 4-3 overtime win at Philadelphia after just 6:48 of ice time.

“He’ll be out for a while,” Brind’Amour said Thursday via NHL.com. “Did something in his midsection and it’s going to need time to heal. It’s a tough blow because he’s obviously been a big part of what’s going on. … I think probably more like a month, somewhere in there. It’s long term so it is what it is.”

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Feb 18, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) takes a shot against the Nashville Predators during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

He has scored nine goals and shares the team lead with 31 assists through 43 games this season, his first with Carolina.

DeAngelo has 146 points (33 goals, 113 assists) and 220 penalty minutes in 249 games with the Arizona Coyotes (2016-17), New York Rangers (2017-21) and Hurricanes. He was a first-round pick (19th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Blue Jackets Daniil Tarasov out for season

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goalie Daniil Tarasov had surgery Wednesday to repair an injured right hip and will miss the remainder of the season.

Tarasov, 22, was injured in a Jan. 1 game against the Carolina Hurricanes, forcing him to miss Columbus’ past 20 games. His NHL career had just gotten underway, as he appeared in four games (three starts).

The third-round draft pick in 2017 out of Russia had a 2.40 goals-against average with a .937 save percentage in his short time with the Blue Jackets. His recovery is expected to take six months.

–Field Level Media