The big news of the day saw the Toronto Maple Leafs fire Mike Babcock but there was other news from around the NHL that got buried behind it.

Blackhawks acquire Cramarossa From Pittsburgh
The Chicago Blackhawks have picked up forward Joseph Cramarossa from the Pittsburgh Penguins. In return the team from the Steel City will receive Graham Knott.

Chicago says Cramarossa will report to the Rockford IceHogs, of the American Hockey League. He is on a two-way deal that carries an AAV of $700,000 at the NHL level.

Knott, on the other hand, is in the final year of his entry level deal that carries an average annual value of $935,833. He will be sent to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre, of the AHL, following the deal.

Neither player has appeared in an NHL game this season.

Sens’ Ryan Enters Players Assistance Program
The NHL and NHLPA announced on Wednesday that Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will be away from the team indefinitely while taking part in the two organization’s assistance program.

Both the NHL and NHLPA were initially not going to comment after the announcement, but the Senator later put out a statement from general manager Pierre Dorion.

“Bobby is an important member of the Ottawa Senators family and he has our full support as he tends to this matter,” Dorion said.

Ryan was drafted second overall by the Anaheim Ducks. He has one goal and three assists in 16 games this season. He has not appeared in five games for Ottawa this campaign. Ryan is the highest-paid player on the Senators with his $50.8 million contract expiring following the 2021-22 season.

Hathaway Gets Three Games
Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was suspended three games after spitting on Anaheim Ducks defenceman Erik Gudbranson during the second period of Monday’s game.

The incident happened with less than a minute to go in the middle stanza of the Capitals 5-2 victory. With an official between the advisories, Hathaway spat on Gudbranson who had thrown a punch at the Caps player. He picked up a five-minute match penalty and was ejected from the game for the incident.

As a result of the suspension, Hathaway will forfeit $24,193.53 which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Hathaway has two goals and seven points in 23 contests this season. In Monday’s game he doubled his entire total penalty minutes on the year to a total of 30.

The 27-year old has scored a total of 18 goals and 47 points in 198 career games with Calgary Flames and Capitals.

Players Association Files Grievance For Byfuglien
The National Hockey League’s Association has field a grievance on behalf of Dustin Byfuglien in regard to his suspension from the Winnipeg Jets.

Byfuglien had ankle surgery recent to take care of issues stemming from a high ankle sprain he suffered late in the 2018-19 campaign which was also a factor into why the defenceman was not with the team to start the current campaign.

The Jets handed the 34-year old an indefinite personal leave of absence prior suspending him for not returning to training camp.

Last season the big man on the blueline had four goals and 27 assists in 42 games. He missed significant time after suffering a lower-body injury in December and appeared in just 10 games following December 29. Byfuglien returned to action just prior to the postseason where he recorded two goals and eight points in six playoff contests.

The veteran of 869 career NHL games is signed through next season with a $7.6 million cap hit.