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NHL suspends Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo eight games for his on Penguins’ Kris Letanglast

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Suspended The NHL announced Monday it has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for eight games for charging and boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letanglast last Tuesday. Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the league’s labor agreement. He loses $73,170.72 in salary.

Sidelined Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss tonight’s game against Winnipeg after undergoing treatment for a lower-body injury. Crosby could return on Wednesday when Pittsburgh plays in Washington. The two-time MVP received an injection to deal with the injury Thursday, causing him to miss the All-Star festivities over the weekend in Columbus. Center Evgeni Malkin did not practice with his Penguins teammates on Monday and is out indefinitely, also with a lower-body injury.

• The Colorado Avalanche will be without All-Star defenseman Erik Johnson for three to eight weeks due to a knee injury. Johnson has a career-high 12 goals this season.

• The surprising New York Islanders are starting the NHL’s second half on a down note as top-line forward Kyle Okposo will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Okposo is second on the club with 44 points.

• The Charlotte Hornets announced that Kemba Walker will undergo surgery on Wednesday in New York to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker is Charlotte’s leading scorer thisNBA season, averaging 18.8 points per game.

Arrested Wichita State guard Conner Frankamp was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of DUI, authorities said. Police say a breath test showed Frankamp’s blood-alcohol content was .186, more than twice the legal limit. Frankamp is ineligible to play this season after transferring from Kansas.

Announced Indiana forward Devin Davis’ season is officially over. Coach Tom Crean said that the 6-foot-7 sophomore will miss the rest of the season even though he continues to progress from a brain injury sustained Nov. 1. He was hurt when teammate Emmitt Holt hit Davis with a car. Holt was not cited in the accident, which resulted in Davis’ hospitalization, but Holt was suspended for four games.

Released A person familiar with the move tells the Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings have released center Mike Richards. Richards has scored five goals halfway through this season with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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