Game recaps, plus the latest on Mike Richards, Andy Greene, Simon Despres, Derek Roy and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/NEWSDAY: Patrick Kane scored twice, including in overtime, the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders in the latter’s debut home game at Barclays Center. John Tavares and Marek Zidlicky scored for the Islanders.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Three late goals rallied the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mats Zuccarello scored twice for the Rangers, while the Jackets lost center Alexander Wenneberg to a possible concussion after he was hit in the first period by Chris Kreider.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Max Domi had two points, including his first NHL goal, as the Arizona Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-1. Tyler Toffoli notched the only goal for the Kings, who are left looking for answers after dropping their opening two games.
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ESPN.COM: The Los Angeles Kings have reached a settlement with Mike Richards, whose contract was terminated back in June. The NHLPA had filed a grievance on Richards’ behalf. Terms of the settlement have yet to be released. Richards still had five years and $22 million remaining on his contract. “The Kings will carry salary-cap charges moving forward as a result of the Richards settlement, although the exact amount wasn’t immediately known.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings’ current salary-cap hit is just over $68.391 million. Richards’ original salary-cap hit was $5.75 million per season. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Richards. Kings GM Dean Lombardi gave an emotional interview to the Los Angeles Times detailing what he called Richards “destructive spiral”, claiming he and the organization did everything they could to help him.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers must start winning to rebuild local interest in the franchise. Otherwise, it’s not a stretch to assume the Panthers could be relocated.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league insists all its franchises, including struggling ones like the Panthers, are in good financial shape. The Panthers have ownership committed to keeping the club in its current location, but they don’t have infinite patience. If they can’t make a go of it, I believe the Panthers could face moving to a new location like Las Vegas, Quebec City or Seattle before the end of this decade.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils named defenseman Andy Greene as their new captain. “Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique will rotate as the alternate captains.”
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Despite double-digit losses, Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli remain committed to building the franchise along the model of the Detroit Red Wings.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Speaking of the Ducks, they re-signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year, $18.5 million contract extension. “Despres will make $2.6 million in 2016-17, $3.1 million in 2017-18, $4.7 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and $3.4 million in 2020-21.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stealing Despres from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade last season, the Ducks lock him up to a very affordable ($3.7 million annual cap hit) over the next five years. The 24-year-old quickly meshed well with Cam Fowler on the Ducks second-defense pairing. He still has considerable upside, which could make this contract a bargain signing for the Ducks if he continues to improve.
SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston reports Derek Roy and Sean Bergenheim signed with Bern of Switzerland’s National League A.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: TSN analyst and former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward was arrested Friday and charged with assault on a female, a misdemeanor, after an altercation with his wife.
TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA set escrow payments for the first quarter of 2015-16 at 16 percent.