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NHL roundup: Shanahan joins Leafs as president

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Brendan Shanahan was hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new president and alternative governor, the team announced Friday.

Shanahan, 45, formerly the NHL's director of player safety, begins his new duties immediately. The Maple Leafs will miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the past nine seasons. They were eliminated from contention on Tuesday after losing 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 21 seasons on the ice as a Hall of Fame winger, Shanahan scored 656 goals, accumulated 2,489 penalty minutes and won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. After retiring as a player in 2009, Shanahan moved into management with the NHL as vice president of hockey and business development before assuming his most recent role in 2011.

The department's safety manager, Steph Quintal, assumes Shanahan's player safety duties on an interim basis for the rest of the season. Quintal played 1,037 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly will oversee the department.

---Forward Mike Rupp of the Minnesota Wild has been suspended for four games without pay for a late illegal check to the head of forward T.J. Oshie of St. Louis on Thursday night, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

The suspension includes the Wild's final regular-season game and the first three games in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Rupp was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure for the incident, and based on

his average annual salary, he will forfeit $7,692.31.

---Left winger Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers announced Friday that he is retiring after 19 seasons in the NHL.

The Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks in their season finale Saturday night.

"I have been truly blessed to play this game for as long as I have and will cherish the memories forever," said Smyth, who has been with Edmonton for 15 of his 19 NHL seasons.

Smyth, a native of Banff, Alberta, was a sixth-round pick in the 1994 NHL Draft by the Oilers and began the first of his two stints with Edmonton. He also played for the New York Islanders, the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings.

---Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton is expected to miss six weeks after having abdominal surgery on Friday.

Horton was out four games with the injury before returning Tuesday. However, he left the win over the Phoenix Coyotes after skating just eight shifts. The Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot but Horton will not return this season unless they advance deep into the postseason.

Horton has five goals and 14 assists in 36 games this season. Columbus signed him as a free agent in the offseason, but he did not debut until Jan. 2 because of a shoulder injury.

---The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Cedric Paquette from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on Friday.

Paquette, 20, has 20 goals, 24 assists and 153 penalty minutes in 70 games in his rookie season with the Crunch. He leads all Crunch players in goals and ranks tied for first with two short-handed goals. Paquette ranks fourth in the AHL among rookies in penalty minutes.
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