– for now

– An NHL All-Star captain has been demoted.

Arizona Coyotes tough guy John Scott, voted as one of four captains for the NHL All-Star Game, was sent to Springfield of the AHL on Wednesday after clearing waivers earlier this season.

The Coyotes sent Scott down to make room on their roster for defenseman Kevin Connauton, who was claimed off waivers from Columbus.

Arizona coach Dave Tippett said Scott — a former Wild player — likely will be back with the Coyotes in the next couple of days, enabling him to participate in the Jan. 31 All-Star Game in Nashville.

A fan campaign for the 6-8, 270-pound Scott began at the start of All-Star captain voting and gained steam until he ended up becoming one of four divisional captains with Florida's Jaromir Jagr, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Chicago's Patrick Kane.


•RARE WIN FOR ROOKIE: Rookie Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves and the last-place Blue Jackets ended a four-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Korpisalo, 21, entered with just one win in six starts this season and had a 3.69 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.

•FLYERS RALLY: Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit scored goals 1:22 apart midway through the third period, giving the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Bruins in Philadelphia.

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