The NHL has completed its independent review of the Patrick Kane matter and concluded the allegations made against the Chicago Blackhawks star forward were unfounded, the league announced Wednesday.
The NHL said the final stage of the review included an in-person meeting between the 27-year-old Kane and commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in November that Kane would not face rape charges because of a lack of credible evidence. At the time, the accuser notified authorities she was no longer interested in cooperating with their investigation.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the league's performance enhancing substances program, the NHL announced.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.
Tinordi, 24, was acquired by the Coyotes in a three-team trade involving the Montreal Canadiens and the Nashville Predators in mid-January.
New Jersey Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu has been fined $5,000 for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen, the NHL announced.
The incident occurred at 4:05 of the third period on Sunday. Ruutu was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.
The New York Rangers assigned defenseman Brady Skjei and goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
The Edmonton Oilers recalled defenseman Jordan Oesterle from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors. Oesterle, 23, has appeared in four games with the Oilers this season, recording one assist.))