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Around the League notebook for Friday, Oct. 9

Saturday, 10.10.2015 / 10:45 AM / News

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Home Team in Caps

Winnipeg 3, NEW JERSEY 1

NY Rangers 4, COLUMBUS 2

DETROIT 4, Toronto 0

Chicago 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)

Arizona 4, LOS ANGELES 1


After playing their first 43 NHL seasons at Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders began a new era when they played in their first regular-season game at Barclays Center. The Islanders became the first NHL team to play in a new arena since 2011-12, when the Winnipeg Jets played their first game at MTS Centre (5-1 loss to Montreal Canadiens).


Patrick Kane (2-0—2) scored twice, including at 1:49 of overtime, to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to victory in the first regular-season game at the new home of the Islanders in Brooklyn, N.Y.

* It was the second regular-season overtime goal of Kane’s career. The other came March 23, 2008, vs. the St. Louis Blues (4-3).

* Corey Crawford stopped 34 of 36 shots to improve to 4-0-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in five career games against the Islanders.

* The Blackhawks improved to 6-2-0 in their last eight games against the Islanders dating to Jan. 9, 2011 (5-0 W).

Coyotes forward Domi scores in NHL debut

Saturday, 10.10.2015 / 2:28 AM / News

Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi scored in the second period of his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

Domi beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot 4:43 into the period to give Arizona a 3-0 lead. The son of former NHL player Tie Domi had an assist on a first-period goal by Oliver Ekman-Larsson that put the Coyotes ahead 2-0.

"It was a lot of fun," Domi said after the 4-1 victory. "It was tough to get a smile off my face that whole 60 minutes. But it's awful nice to get the win and start the season off the right way."

Red Wings forward Larkin scores in NHL debut

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 11:51 PM / News

DETROIT -- 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.

"It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy," Larkin said. "Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up."

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."

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."

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.

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.

Devils defenseman Greene named captain

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 1:58 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - 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."

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