NHL Roundup: Mike Green retires, Vladimir Tarasenko surgery, Coyotes penalized draft picks, and more

Better days. Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin (USATSI)

Tonight’s NHL roundup takes us first to Edmonton where defenseman, Mike Green has announced his retirement. The longtime Capitals player was traded from Detroit to Edmonton this past season but sadly injuries ended his career.

NHL Roundup – Mike Green retires

The 34 year-old defenseman played 15 years in the NHL before calling it a career. “I found that it was time, that I needed to move on,” Green said. “I realized that I’ve been very fortunate, and a lot of people not so much.”

NHL Roundup – Vladimir Tarasenko having surgery again, out for 5 months

St. Louis Blues forward, Vladimir Tarasenko will have his third surgery on his shoulder and will be reevaluated in 5 months. This led to some speculation on the 28 year-old’s career.

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Tarasenko to have surgery again (NHLI/Getty Images)

“To take some speculations away, no I’m not done, career is not done,” Tarasenko noted to fans on the subject. “There was a problem which being found finally, so I’m more motivated than ever to finally get healthy and play.”

We wish Tarasenko a speedy recovery so we can see him on the ice scoring the beauties he’s known for.

NHL Roundup – Coyotes lose two draft picks for Combine violations

The Arizona Coyotes have finally earned their fate with regards to violations for conducting physical’s prior to the Combine. The NHL released this statement today:

The National Hockey League has sanctioned the Arizona Coyotes for violating the NHL’s Combine Testing Policy during the 2019-20 season, directing the forfeiture of the Club’s 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and 1st-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The sanctions were announced by Commissioner Gary Bettman, who convened a hearing on the matter August 6 that included testimony from representatives of the Coyotes and the NHL. At the outset of the hearing, the Club acknowledged that it had violated the Policy by conducting physical testing on 2020 draft-eligible players prior to the Combine.

NHL Roundup: Claude Julien will be back to coach the Canadiens next season

Good news out of Montreal. Claude Julien who suffered a heart attack will make a full recovery.

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