NHL Notes: Roman Hamrlik retires

NHL Notes: Roman Hamrlik retires
October 21, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Veteran NHL defenseman Roman Hamrlik announced his retirement Monday after 20 seasons in the league. (AP)

TORONTO -- Defenseman Roman Hamrlik has retired after a 20-year NHL career.

The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers.

From Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging over 23 minutes in ice time.

"As a kid growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League," the 39-year-old Hamrlik said in an NHLPA statement Monday. "It has been a great honor and a privilege to spend 20 seasons playing in the greatest hockey league in the world.

"I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of my time spent in North America while playing the game I love, making sacrifices and pursuing my hockey dreams," (see full story).

Canadiens: Prust out 4 weeks
MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust will be sidelined for four weeks by a right shoulder injury.

The team made the announcement Monday on Twitter.

Prust was hurt in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators when he crashed hard into the boards in the third period.

In eight games this season, Prust has two goals and an assist.

Habs forward Daniel Briere also left Saturday's game with a concussion. The team has not said how long he will be out.

Sabres: Rookie Ristolainen recalled
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled rookie defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen two days after he was sent down to the minors.

The rookie first-round draft pick was sent down to AHL Rochester on Saturday, before Buffalo's 4-2 loss to Colorado. The Sabres made the move to free up a roster spot to activate fellow rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov off injured reserve.

Ristolainen, drafted eighth overall in June, has no points in eight games this season.

At 1-8-1, the Sabres are off to their worst start in team history. They close out a three-game homestand against Boston on Wednesday.

Rookie forward Corey Tropp practiced for the first time Monday since breaking his jaw in a fight during a preseason game against Toronto on Sept. 22.

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