NHL Notes: David Clarkson suspended 10 games

NHL Notes: David Clarkson suspended 10 games
September 23, 2013, 9:00 pm
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David Clarkson was suspended 10 games on Monday for leaving the bench during a fight in Sunday's game between the Leafs and Sabres. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- Toronto forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 regular-season games without pay for leaving the bench to take part in a fight during the Maple Leafs' game against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.

Clarkson's automatic suspension, which also includes the rest of the preseason, results from the game misconduct penalty he received for joining the brawl during the third period of Toronto's 5-3 win over Buffalo. The NHL announced the discipline on Monday night.

A mismatched fight that saw Toronto's Jamie Devane have the upper hand over Buffalo's Corey Tropp sparked the melee.

John Scott then dropped his gloves to tangle with Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, who didn't engage the Buffalo enforcer and instead swung his stick at Scott's ankles to fend him off.

Scott is 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, while Kessel goes 6-0, 202 pounds.

The Maple Leafs quickly moved in to protect their teammate -- including Clarkson coming off the bench -- and the melee was on. The Maple Leafs' Jonathan Bernier and Sabres' Ryan Miller capped the proceedings with a goaltender bout. They exchanged punches away from the main scrum as the Air Canada Centre crowd roared its approval (see full story).

Blues: Morrow reunited with Hitchcock
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have added depth at forward, signing veteran Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract.

The 34-year-old Morrow had six goals and eight assists in his final 15 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, which had acquired him from Dallas at the trade deadline. The Blues made the announcement Monday on their website.

Before playing for the Penguins, Morrow spent his entire 13-year career with the Stars. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong previously worked in the Dallas front office.

Leafs: Raymond signs for one year
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed left wing Mason Raymond to a $1 million, one-year contract.

The 28-year-old Raymond had 10 goals and 12 assists in 46 games for Vancouver last season. He was in Toronto's training camp for a tryout after going unsigned over the summer.

Raymond likely will play on the Leafs' third line.

Toronto announced the contract on Monday. General manager Dave Nonis said in a release that the team feels Raymond fits in well and will have a significant role.

Sharks: Torres to miss start of season
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks will be without forward Raffi Torres for the start of the season because of an injured right knee.

Torres was injured in a collision with Anaheim forward Emerson Etem on Friday night.

Torres and the Sharks will decide in the next few days whether he needs surgery. If he rehabs the injury, he might miss only the first month. If he needs surgery, he would likely be sidelined for three to four months.

The Sharks were counting on Torres to provide energy and physical play this year. His acquisition late last season provided a needed spark to the team before he was suspended for the final six playoff games for an illegal hit on Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.

The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6 million contract in June.

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