Johansen benched, Ottwa forward fined for diving – NHL Round Up

The Columbus Blue Jackets are keeping center Ryan Johansen on the bench as a healthy scratch for Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
The decision to sit Johansen comes two days after coach John Tortorella benched the 23-year-old during the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 5-1 loss to the Stars in Dallas.
“He’s an important guy to our organization. This is a reset for him, in understanding what we’re looking for, not just in the points but in the play,” said Tortorella, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
“You can’t look at it as a punishment. It’s part of the process for him.”
Johansen’s benching in Tuesday’s loss came after his play appeared lethargic and he committed several turnovers against the Stars. It’s the second time Tortorella has benched him since he became coach after earlier questioning his conditioning and health.

Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith was fined $2,000 for his second offense of diving or embellishment by the NHL. Smith was previously warned by the league.
NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale.

The New Jersey Devils activated forward Tuomo Ruutu off injured reserve, the club announced.
Ruutu has missed two months with a fractured right foot. The 32-year-old has scored 148 career goals in 705 games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis and center Mike Angelidis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, the club announced.
Tampa Bay also reassigned goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to Syracuse. The 21-year-old Vasilevskiy went 3-4-0 with 2.94 goals-against average in eight games with the Lightning.

The Winnipeg Jets recalled forwards Joel Armia and Matt Halischuk from AHL affiliate Manitoba.
Armia played 18 games for the Manitoba Moose, recording eight points (five assists) and 16 penalty minutes. Halischuk has played 24 games for the Moose this season, recording six points (three goals, three assists) and six penalty minutes.))

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