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NHL rings in start of season at N.Y. Stock Exchange

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday to celebrate the start of the 2015-16 NHL regular season.

Bettman was joined by New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias, New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and pro scout Eric Cairns, and New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert.

Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 9:06 AM / News

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* The road team won the four games contested Wednesday. Montreal, Vancouver and San Jose also opened the 2014-15 season with road wins in Toronto, Calgary and Los Angeles, respectively.

* Newly appointed captains Max Pacioretty (Montreal; 2-0—2) and Joe Pavelski (San Jose; 1-2—3) each recorded multiple points to guide his team to victory.

* The Rangers spoiled the Blackhawks’ banner-raising ceremony, marking the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the defending Stanley Cup champion lost its first game of the season (Stanley Cup champions: 2-6-2).

Babcock, Maple Leafs win first coach's challenge

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 11:51 PM / News

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The decision was swift and decisive, and in the judgment of veteran referee Dan O'Rourke, the first coach's challenge in NHL history went without a hitch.

At 6:35 of the second period in the NHL season opener Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens appeared to score a go-ahead goal when defenseman Jeff Petry converted a behind-the-back pass from Max Pacioretty.

O'Rourke was the official down low and signaled a goal, but Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock decided to challenge the call on the ice after his assistant in the press box, Andrew Brewer, notified the bench there was goaltender interference on the play.

"I didn't challenge nothing," Babcock said. "[Brewer] yelled in [assistant coach] Jim Hiller's ear and Jim said, 'We're challenging.' Then they were good enough to put it up on the screen, so I knew by time the ref got over there we'd win it."

The Maple Leafs won the challenge but lost Babcock's debut as Maple Leafs coach, 3-1 at Air Canada Centre.

Islanders goalie Halak uncertain for opener: report

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 9:08 PM / News

The status of injured New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak for their season opener Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks remains unknown.

"He got a good sweat in the past couple days down [at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.], he did a lot of work, he was on the ice early," coach Jack Capuano told Newsday on Wednesday (the Islanders were there for a team-building retreat). "We'll have to see how he feels tomorrow and then tie it all together."

Oilers name four alternate captains for 2015-16 season

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 3:31 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday named forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and defenseman Andrew Ference, alternate captains for the 2015-16 season.

It's the first time the Oilers are starting an NHL season without a designated captain. Ference had been the captain the previous two seasons.

Forward Matt Hendricks will be an alternate captain in place of Eberle, who will miss 4-6 weeks because of a shoulder injury sustained in a preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes on Sept. 29.

The Oilers will open the season Thursday at the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; SN360).

Blues sign Gomez, place Berglund on injured reserve

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 12:10 PM / News

The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday signed center Scott Gomez to a one-year contract and placed center Patrik Berglund on long-term injured reserve.

Gomez, 35, came to training camp on a professional tryout contract after scoring seven goals and 34 points in 58 games last season with the New Jersey Devils. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported he got a two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the American Hockey League level.

"He gives us really good insurance that if something happens to one of our top two centers, he can go in there," general manager Doug Armstrong said in comments tweeted by the Blues.

Blackhawks place Rozsival on IR, recall Pokka

Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 6:52 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman Viktor Svedberg to Rockford.

Additionally, the Blackhawks have placed defenseman Michal Rozsival on long-term injured reserve (LTIR). The team’s active roster now includes 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

Blues name DiMaio director of player personnel

Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 5:35 PM / News

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Rob DiMaio as the club's Director of Player Personnel.

DiMaio first joined the Blues as a professional scout in 2008 and has served as the club’s Director of Pro Scouting since August 2012.

DiMaio joined the Blues from the Dallas Stars where he served as a scout for all levels including professional, amateur and junior hockey. During his 19-year NHL career, the Calgary, Alberta native appeared in 894 games including stints with New York (Islanders and Rangers), Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Boston, Carolina and Dallas posting 277 points (106 goals, 171 assists) to go along with 840 penalty minutes. DiMaio appeared in the postseason nine times during his career, recording 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 62 playoff games.

Devils to retire Brodeur's number before Feb. 9 game

Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 4:10 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur, who led the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup championships while setting a host of NHL goaltending records, including most career wins and shutouts, will have his No. 30 retired by the Devils prior to their game Feb. 9 against the Edmonton Oilers. A statue of Brodeur will also be built outside Prudential Center.

Devils co-owner Joshua Harris made the announcement Tuesday at a press conference at Prudential Center.

Brodeur came a long way to get to this point after being selected by the Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL Draft.

"I didn't know where New Jersey was, but my agent was happy and said that means American dollars, so that's good," Brodeur said. "I had no clue what exactly I was getting into and my father (Denis Brodeur) told me that I was a number in an organization and that it was up to me to become No. 1 (on the depth chart), and eventually I did."

Devils acquire forward O'Neill from Kings

Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 3:37 PM / News

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today acquired forward Brian O'Neill from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. In the event that New Jersey signs O'Neill to a new NHL Standard Player's Contract for the 2016-17 season, New Jersey will transfer its own seventh-round pick in 2017 to Los Angeles. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

O'Neill, 27, has spent the past three-plus seasons with Manchester (AHL). The 5-9, 175-lb. forward appeared in 192 games with the Monarchs from 2012 through 2015, recording 52 goals and 92 assists for 144 points and 116 penalty minutes. In 2014-15, O'Neill was named the AHL's Most Valuable Player, leading the league in points (80), assists (58) and plus/minus (+30, tie). He then finished third in the AHL with 10g-10a-20pts and 12 penalty minutes in 19 post-season games and helped lead the Monarchs to the 2015 Calder Cup Championship. O'Neill was also named to the league's Second All-Star Team and to the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star Game last season.

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