Pavel Datsyuk will not play for Russia on Saturday night against Canada in their World Cup semifinal game. Datsyuk has been bothered by a lower body injury that also kept him out of their first round game against Finland. He had been a game-time decision leading up to the game, but did not take the ice for pre-game warmups. It’s a big loss for Russia because Datsyuk is still their top-line center and had been skating on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Vladimir Tarasenko before the injury. He recorded two assists in his two games for Russia. Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov will center that line instead. If Russia does not beat Canada on Saturday we could have very likely seen the last
The Ottawa Senators announced today that they’ve purchased the AHL franchise in Binghamton, N.Y. and will move it to Belleville, Ont. for the start of the 2017-18 season. From the press release: The Ottawa Senators and the City of Belleville have also agreed on an eight-year agreement to welcome the newly minted Belleville Senators to the city. In order to properly accommodate a new professional AHL team, the City of Belleville will immediately undertake more than $18.5 million in important renovations to modernize Belleville’s Yardmen Arena and prepare it for professional hockey for the first time in the city’s history. The Baby Sens have played in Binghamton since 2002, winning a Calder Cup
Rough news for the Ottawa Senators on Sunday: forward Clarke MacArthur needed help off the ice following a big hit during a team scrimmage. The hit was delivered by Patrick Sieloff, prompting an immediate response from Bobby Ryan, according to The Hockey News’ Murray Pam. MacArthur has been hoping to return to NHL action after some serious concussion issues, so this is a troubling situation. wonder if this might end his career. Update: Here’s a GIF of the hit.