SAN JOSE -- Antti Suomela has been a healthy scratch for the last two Sharks games. Now, the 24-year-old center will spend some time in the AHL.
The team announced Tuesday that the Finnish forward, who made the NHL roster out of training camp, has been reassigned to the San Jose Barracuda.
With the Sharks still toying with finding winning combinations in their bottom six, the move likely is to get Suomela some playing time so he isn’t practicing and then sitting up in the press box every game.
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The Sharks have made similar moves with their rookie centers this season, including Rourke Chartier, Dylan Gambrell and the more-recently recalled Lukas Radil -- who scored his first NHL career goal Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes.
Suomela has been a healthy scratch a couple times this season, but he bounced back from the first time by scoring a goal. He has sat out of back-to-back games, however, since Radil was recalled from the Barracuda.
Suomela, whom the Sharks signed last summer, has registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in 27 games played for Team Teal this season. It’s unclear at this time how long his stay at the AHL level will be.
The Sharks went into Carolina, and a heavyweight title bout broke out.
Or at least that's how it sounded after San Jose's Joe Thornton sent Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek flat on his back with a forearm shiver late in the second period Thursday night.
"And down goes Mrazek!"
Mrazek didn't take kindly to Thornton digging at the puck as the whistle was blown dead, and reacted by attempting to violently slash the Sharks forward. He missed, and, well, that was the insult before the injury. Thornton responded in kind, sending the netminder to the ice.
A closer look reveals that Mrazek can always take up acting if this goalie thing doesn't work out.
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You've heard of 'old man' strength? Yeah, Thornton's got it.
Respect your elders.
The ice got a little hot Tuesday night in San Jose. Towards the end of the Sharks' 5-2 blowout loss against the Capitals, tempers began to flare.
Sharks winger Evander Kane was ejected for elbowing Washington defenseman Radko Gudas in the head with slightly over five minutes left in the third period. Gudas' teammates Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin each took exception, with Wilson hitting Kane.
Kane and Wilson were seen chirping all the way to their respective benches, with Kane exiting the game.
It didn't stop there, too. Sharks center Joe Thornton chimed in before Wilson hit him with a "kiss the ring" comeback.
[RELATED: Kane fined $5K for elbowing Gudas in Sharks' blowout loss]
Kane avoided suspension, but received the maximum fine of $5,000 for his hit on Gudas.
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