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Kubina suspended for big hit

Published October 3, 2006

TORONTO - The NHL suspended Toronto defenseman Pavel Kubina for one game Tuesday, a day after he cross-checked Detroit's Jiri Hudler in the exhibition finale.

Kubina, formerly of the Lightning, will miss the regular-season opener Wednesday night at home against Ottawa.

He was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct in the first period of Toronto's 3-2 shootout loss Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre.

CANUCKS: Center Marc Chouinard will miss the start of the regular season because of a slightly separated right shoulder. Coach Alain Vigneault said Monday that Chouinard sustained a first-degree separation Saturday night during the preseason finale against Edmonton, and would be out for seven to 10 days.

COYOTES: Phoenix has waived veteran right wing Tyson Nash, whose energetic play made him a fan favorite. If no other team claims Nash by today, he could join the Coyotes' San Antonio affiliate. Nash, who will be paid his full $608,000 salary whether he plays in the NHL or in the minor leagues, has played six NHL seasons, the last two with the Coyotes. He missed 31 games with injuries last year.

PENGUINS: Jordan Staal and Kristopher Letang made Pittsburgh's opening day roster, joining Sidney Crosby to give the rebuilding team a franchise-first three teens on the roster. With Evgeni Malkin added in once he recovers from a dislocated shoulder - he turned 20 slightly more than two months ago - the Penguins may have their youngest roster in their 40-season history as they try to bounce back from four consecutive last-place finishes.

JURISPRUDENCE: Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios and other members of the Players' Association asked a federal court to help them oust the union's executive director and award them millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit filed in Chicago said executive director Ted Saskin and others "flouted the constitution and governing law to maintain their control" over the union. Besides seeking a court order allowing them to remove Saskin, the unhappy members asked for unspecified millions of dollars in damages and punitive damages.

[Last modified October 3, 2006, 01:33:59]

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