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McDavid 'more relaxed' heading into second game

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 10:17 PM / News

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid is ready to continue his NHL career with the hype of his first game behind him.

"I just feel more relaxed today," McDavid told the Edmonton Journal on Friday at Bridgestone Arena, where the Oilers will play the Nashville Predators on Saturday. "Yesterday was a bit crazy and I was certainly looking forward to getting the first one out of the way.

"I know that sounds a little bit different. Everyone wants to savor it, and for sure I had some great memories from it, but at the same time, it was really nice to get it out of the way so I could just start trying to be a normal hockey player."

Red Wings forward Larkin scores in NHL debut

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 8:51 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Larkin gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead 20 seconds into the second period of their season opener when he lifted a shot over the right shoulder of goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Kings sign goalie Budaj to one-year contract

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 7:26 PM / News

The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 30-year-old Budaj (born Sept. 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 192-pound native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia who appeared in 19 regular-season games last season with St. John’s (AHL) where he compiled an 0-9-6 record with a .888 SV% and a 3.55 GAA.

Devils will invite Lamoriello to Brodeur ceremony

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 6:47 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils co-owner Josh Harris said Friday he has every intention of contacting Lou Lamoriello to extend an invitation to attend the jersey retirement ceremony for goaltender Martin Brodeur on Feb. 9 at Prudential Center.

Lamoriello was Devils general manager for 28 seasons before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 23. He was the architect of the three Stanley Cup championships with Brodeur, whose No. 30 will be retired prior to a game against the Edmonton Oilers.

"The situation with [Lamoriello] is great," Harris said. "There is no animosity on any side. Lou made a decision to go in a different direction with his career and we supported that and he supported us. So for sure Lou will be invited to that ceremony and it'll be up to him whether he attends."

Sabres goalie Lehner to be evaluated after MRI

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 5:24 PM / News

It is unknown how long Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner will be out after he sustained a lower-body injury in the season opener Thursday.

"Robin Lehner will have more evaluation done today and tomorrow and maybe have a further prognosis on what his injury is and the extent of it maybe tomorrow," coach Dan Bylsma told the Sabres website Friday.

Buffalo general manager Tim Murray told Sportsnet Radio in Toronto that Lehner will have an MRI and his injury is not short-term.

Goalie Chad Johnson is expected to start Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's unfortunate. It's a weird situation, especially [with it being the] first game of the year, but it is what it is," Johnson said.

NHL, NHLPA reach settlement on Richards' contract

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 5:05 PM / News

The NHL Players' Association announced Friday that it and the NHL have reached a settlement agreement regarding Mike Richards' contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

"The settlement amicably resolves the grievance filed by the NHLPA on August 10, 2015 in response to the Los Angeles Kings’ termination of Richards’ contract. Richards is an Unrestricted Free Agent," the NHLPA said in a statement.

Hurricanes' Wisniewski (knee) out six months

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 3:46 PM / News

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night's game in Nashville. Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

Acquired by the Hurricanes on June 27 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Anton Khudobin, Wisniewski skated just 47 seconds of his Hurricanes debut prior to suffering the injury. Wisniewski, 31, is in his 11th NHL season, after totaling eight goals and 26 assists (34 points) in 69 games with Columbus and Anaheim in 2014-15. The Canton, MI, native was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 552 career NHL regular-season games with Chicago, Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Montreal, Columbus and Carolina, totaling 53 goals and 221 assists (274 points) and 459 penalty minutes.

New-look AHL opens season with West Coast element

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 2:53 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - For

For the first time, the American Hockey League's opening night will include California-based franchises when the league's 80th season starts Friday.

First announced in January, the formation of the Pacific Division was a project with many moving parts, and an initiative with multiple outcomes that will benefit the long-term future of hockey in North America. It speaks volumes to the crucial role the AHL plays in professional player development, as well as to the growth and support that the game of hockey has been experiencing on the West Coast.

"The importance of the AHL's new Pacific Division to western-based clubs cannot be overstated," San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "The moves eliminate cross-country travel for players being recalled and re-assigned, and allows our entire hockey staff to monitor and take part in each player's growth and development."

Ducks sign defenseman Despres to five-year contract

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 2:34 PM / News

The Ducks have signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year contract extension through the 2020-21 NHL season.

Despres, 24 (7/27/91), has scored 6-33=39 points with a +29 rating and 142 penalty minutes (PIM) in 160 career NHL games with the Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Despres, who was acquired from the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Mar. 2, 2015, has also earned 1-6=7 points with eight PIM in 22 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Babcock: Red Wings made right choice with Blashill

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- When Mike Babcock left as coach of the Detroit Red Wings to become coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he felt Jeff Blashill was the right person to replace him.

Now, as Blashill prepares to make his NHL coaching debut with the Red Wings against Babcock's Maple Leafs on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN1), his opinion hasn't changed.

"He's the Detroit Red Wings coach and he should be the Detroit Red Wings coach," Babcock said. "He's done a lot of things to get to where he is. … He's a smart guy, presents well and he has been taught well."

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