The Anaheim Ducks are now bating .500 with their aging, potentially-retiring players. While Scott Niedermayer decided to hang up his skates for good (well, allegedly … some people think he’ll “pull a Brett Favre”), Saku Koivu just signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the team.
While it’s good news for the team to retain a spirited playmaker such as Koivu, the natural question moves along to: will that be enough to convince his countryman, fellow teammate and potential retiree Teemu Selanne to come back for a little longer too? (Ducks fans are also beginning to wonder if it’s time to move the captaincy over to the high-character Finn.)
The two Finns are among their nation’s all-time leaders in points, so many people were excited by the concept of them being united on the Ducks’ second line. Injuries derailed their seasons to at least some extent, but it will be interesting to see them take another shot at it if Selanne decides to return.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”