Sabres sending Matt Hunwick to AHL on rehab assignment
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are sending Matt Hunwick to the minors on a rehabilitation assignment in the veteran defenseman's next step in recovering from a neck injury he sustained last summer.
Coach Phil Housley said Hunwick will play at least one and possibly two games for Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, New York. Rochester plays home games on Wednesday and Friday.
Aging Kings look to contend in competitive Pacific
LOS ANGELES KINGS
LAST SEASON: 45-29-8, 98 points. Fourth place Pacific Division. Lost to Vegas Golden Knights in first round.
COACH: John Stevens (second season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: LW Ilya Kovalchuk
LOST: D Christian Folin, D Kevin Gravel, RW Tobias Rieder, D Jordan Subban, G Scott Wedgewood
Coyotes sign goalie Darcy Kuemper to 2-year extension
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes signed Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract extension Thursday, a day after acquiring the goalie from the Los Angeles Kings. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"The Coyotes have a young and talented team and a very bright future ahead," the 27-year-old Kuemper said in a team statement. "I'm excited to be a part of it and can't wait to contribute."
The Coyotes sent speedy forward Tobias Rieder and goalie Scott Wedgewood to Los Angeles in the trade.
Coyotes acquire Kuemper from Kings for Rieder, Wedgewood
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes acquired goalie Darcy Kuemper from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday for forward Tobias Rieder and goalie Scott Wedgewood.
The 27-year-old Kuemper was 10-1-3 with a 2.10 goals-against average in 19 games for the Kings this season. He's 51-35-17 with a 2.52 GAA in 104 career games with Minnesota and Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-5 Kuemper will join No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta as the netminding pair for the Coyotes.
Wedgewood stops 27 shots, Coyotes beat Devils 5-0
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Scott Wedgewood wanted to play well against his former team. He ended up with his second career shutout.
Wedgewood stopped 27 shots to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
Get a place: NHL tradition holds value for young players
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — It may be the best phrase a young NHL player can hear, even better than being told he has made the team.
Get a place.
Making the opening night roster is certainly an accomplishment, though it can be fleeting. The time-honored tradition of a coach or general manager giving a player permission to check out of the hotel and find a place to live means he is sticking around for a long time, if not the entire season.
Coyotes trade Domingue to Lightning for McGinn, Leighton
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have traded goalie Louis Domingue to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Tye McGinn and goalie Michael Leighton.
The trade, announced on Tuesday, ends Domingue's mixed tenure with the Coyotes.
Carlson scores in OT, Caps beat Coyotes 3-2 for 3rd straight
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson scored the winner in overtime and the Washington Capitals came back to beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Carlson scored with 45.4 seconds left on the clock in OT, his first goal in 16 games, after T.J. Oshie whiffed on his shot attempt. Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Ovechkin scored in regulation for Washington, which got 24 saves from Braden Holtby.
Coyotes get 1st win, beat Flyers in OT on Goligoski’s goal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The struggling Arizona Coyotes finally got their first win of the season, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Alex Goligoski's overtime goal after blowing a two-goal lead in the final minute of regulation Monday night.
Michael Houser had his best game of the season thus far, stopping 22 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night, and less than a day later he was called up to Tucson of the American Hockey League.
Houser is the first player to be called up to Tucson through the Komets' first-year affiliation with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, who have quite a difficult-to-decipher goaltending situation.
Devils re-sign RFAs Mueller, Blandisi and Wedgewood
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mirco Mueller, forward Joseph Blandisi and goaltender Scott Wedgewood.
Mueller got a two-year deal worth an average of $850,000 a season, Blandisi a two-year, two-way deal worth an average of $680,000 in the NHL, and Wedgewood a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 in the NHL. General manager Ray Shero announced the contracts Tuesday.
From Andrew Gross' "Fire & Ice" blog:
NEWARK - The Devils have settled on a backup goalie after a tight training camp battle between last season’s incumbent, Keith Kinkaid, and Scott Wedgewood, a third-round pick in 2010 who showed plenty of promise – and lateral speed.
NEW YORK – The Devils have six periods remaining in their preseason schedule, barring overtimes.
The plan is for No. 1 goalie Cory Schneider to play five of them after he made his preseason debut with 26 saves as he played all of the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Monday night at Barclays Center.
The Devils are off from practice today but coach John Hynes said more cuts will be made to the training camp roster before the team faces the Islanders again on Wednesday night at Prudential Center.
Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers beat Devils 3-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Pirri scored two goals in the New York Rangers' 3-1 exhibition victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
John Gilmour added a power-play goal for New York. Antti Raanta and Mackenzie Skapski split time in goal, with Raanta starting and making 15 saves, and Skapski stopping all 13 shots he faced.
Miles Wood scored for New Jersey, and Scott Wedgewood made 31 saves.
As Schneider returns, Devils put focus on backup goalie
Cory Schneider is expected to rejoin his Devils’ teammates today after getting five days of rest following his return from the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.