The Phoenix Coyotes are sending 2013 first-round pick Max Domi back to his junior team, Domi said Saturday on Twitter.
Domi, the 12th pick in the draft June 30 at Prudential Center, appeared in four preseason games. He had no goals and an assist. The son of longtime NHL player Tie Domi, Max Domi had 39 goals and 87 points in 64 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League last season before adding 11 goals and 32 points in 21 postseason contests.
"Had an amazing experience in Phoenix!" Domi tweeted. "Learned a lot and can't thank everyone enough! So pumped to get back at it with the boys in London!"
An Edmonton Oilers team that was criticized last season for its lack of depth on defense was bolstered by the offseason signing of Andrew Ference. But there was another veteran defenseman acquired during the summer in the hopes of building depth on the back end.
Anton Belov may have come into camp as an unknown entity, but his improvement during the course of the preseason is earning him praise from Oilers brass. The 27-year-old spent the past five seasons playing with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League before being signed by Edmonton in May.
He may be new to the NHL, but Below isn't playing like a rookie.
The St. Louis Blues have released defenseman Ryan Whitney from his professional tryout, general manager Doug Armstrong announced on Friday. Whitney had been participating in training camp since Sept. 12.
Selected with the fifth pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2002 NHL Draft, Whitney has 50 goals and 259 points in 474 career games. He completed a six-year, $24 million contract last season with the Edmonton Oilers and had 13 points with a minus-7 rating in 34 games.
Thomas played the first half of the Florida Panthers' preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Estero, Fla., on Thursday, a few hours after agreeing to a one-year contract with the team.
The 39-year-old allowed one goal on 10 shots in his first action since April 2012 before being replaced by Jacob Markstrom in a game the Panthers lost 3-2 in overtime.
"It felt good for being the first time in a game-like atmosphere for 15 months," Thomas told the Miami Herald. "I think it was a necessary step for me. I thought it was good not to wait. We're running out of preseason games. I feel ready now."
Jack Nicklaus, golf's all-time leader in major championship victories, will drop the ceremonial first pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets' opening game against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 4.
Nicklaus, a Columbus native, owns 73 official PGA Tour victories, including a record 18 major championships. He will be on hand following the conclusion of the second day of play at the 2013 Presidents Cup tournament, which is being held at Nicklas' Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3