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NHL roundup: Islanders waive DiPietro

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The New York Islanders placed high-priced backup goaltender Rick DiPietro on waivers Friday.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick was 0-3 this season with a 4.09 goals-against average and .855 save percentage.

DiPietro has eight years remaining on his contract with an average annual salary of $4.5 million.

DiPietro has battled injuries since signing a 15-year contract with the Islanders in 2006, but he has been healthy this season. The Islanders were expected to send him to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and recall goaltender Kevin Poulin to back up No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Since DiPietro, 31, was the first pick in the 2001 draft, he has posted a career record of 130-136-8 with a 2.87 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

---The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall for two games for kneeing Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday, the league announced Friday.

Hall was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct at the time of the incident. Hall, the first overall pick in the 2010 entry draft, has three goals and 13 assists in 16 games this season.

--Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond is likely to miss the rest of the season after receiving a serious cut to his leg from a skate prior to Thursday's game.

Redmond, 24, suffered a lacerated femoral artery and lost nearly two pints of blood, Jets head athletic therapist Rob Milette told the Winnipeg Sun.

Redmond received the cut during a konring skate when teammate Antti Miettinen skated over the back of the fallen Redmond's leg during a drill.

---Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov was released from a Detroit hospital and headed back to Columbus after a frightening tumble on the ice. He is listed as day-to-day.

Anisimov and Red Wings defenseman Ian White became entangled during the Blue Jackets' 3-2 win on Thursday night and the elbow of Detroit's Kyle Quincey came down on Anisimov's head after he had fallen.

---Chicago forward Marian Hossa passed concussion tests and planned to return to the ice Friday night for the Blackhawks' game against San Jose.

Hossa exited Tuesday night's game against Vancouver in the third period afer a hard hit in the back of the head from Canucks forward Jannik Hansen.

---Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game agaiunst the Los Angeles Kings after missing 11 games because of a concussion.

---St. Louis Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko has been put on injured reserve.

Tarasenko, 21, was injured on Wednesday when he took a hit from Colorado's Mark Olver.,

Tarasenko had 12 points through 17 games this season.

---New York Rangers winger Rick Nash will miss a third consecutive game on Saturday with an undisclosed injury.

---The Ottawa Senators have recalled goalie Robin Lehner from AHL Binghamton to back up Ben Bishop as starter Craig Anderson recovers from an ankle injury. Anderson is likely to be out three or four days.
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