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Kings sign goalie Budaj to one-year contract

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 7:26 PM / News

LAKings.com

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 - NHL.com 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."

NHL, NHLPA reach settlement on Richards' contract

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 5:05 PM / News

NHL.com

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

CarolinaHurricanes.com

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 NHL.com

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

AnaheimDucks.com

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 - NHL.com 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."

Devils defenseman Greene named captain

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 1:58 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Defenseman Andy Greene was named captain of the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Forwards Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique will serve as alternate captains on a rotating basis based on home and away games.

Greene, 32, is the third longest-tenured player on the Devils after Elias and Zajac. He was given the news by general manager Ray Shero and coach John Hynes after practice Thursday and will wear the "C" for the first time when the Devils open the season at home against the Winnipeg Jets (7 p.m.; TSN3, MSG+ 2).

Greene replaces Bryce Salvador, who was captain from 2012-13 until he retired Sept. 2.

"I think I'll just go about my business the same way I've always gone," Greene said. "Be the same player and person. It's a letter. But I'll continue to play and be that same player."

Flyers defenseman Pyett diagnosed with sarcoma

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 12:56 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Logan Pyett is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with sarcoma, a form of cancer, in his upper left leg, the Flyers announced Friday.

"The club asks that the media respect Logan and his family's privacy during this time," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Pyett family."

Fantasy Friday: Rookies making noise early on

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Two days are in the books for the NHL and fantasy hockey owners. Despite the small sample size, we've seen plenty of exciting action so far.

Here are the most notable takeaways from a fantasy standpoint.

TOP STARS

Joe Pavelski, Zach Parise and Daniel Sedin are the top fantasy skaters to this point. Pavelski and Sedin each had one goal, two assists, a plus-3 rating and seven shots on goal in their first games on Wednesday. Parise had the seasons first hat trick, scoring three goals on six shots in the Minnesota Wild's opener against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. There's no doubting Pavelski's abilities after what he did last season (37 goals, 70 points), but it's good to see Sedin get off to a good start. As for Parise, he was the 22nd best fantasy player in Yahoo leagues last season and could be primed for another big season.

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