Jordan Staal

Jordan Staal talks about being traded to Carolina


It’s probably not an understatement to say that Friday was the most eventful day of Jordan Staal’s life. Not only did he get married in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he also got traded to Carolina.

“It was unfortunate timing,” Staal said Saturday, as reported by Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. “It worked out for the best, but it was very emotional. We didn’t know when we planned the wedding that it was the day of the draft, and then something like that happens.

“It was a little emotional but still very exciting. Even when you know something might be coming, it’s still a shock. It’s tough to take it all in.”

No doubt, but it’s probably also a welcome change. Although Staal’s time with the Pittsburgh Penguins was certainly memorable, this is a great opportunity for him. In Carolina, he’s likely to get plenty of ice time with the man advantage and maybe even be part of the Hurricanes’ first line.

“It’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do offensively,” he said. “It’s a new challenge for me. I’m excited to get a lot of wins, make the playoffs and see what we can do.”

On top of that, he’ll be able to spend the season with his brother, Eric Staal.

Jordan has talked with Eric about the possibility of playing together in the past.

“It was something we would like to do and doesn’t happen often in the NHL,” Staal said.

He still remembers playing with his brother during the 2007 World Championship.

“It was after my first year in the NHL and he was already a wily veteran,” Staal said, chuckling. “I played on his line one game. We won the tournament and it was great. It was memorable for us, for our family.”

As it turns out, it was also just a prelude for what’s to come.

Kings’ AHL affiliate gives Emery PTO

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Ray Emery has agreed to join the Ontario Reign on a professional tryout, according to a team release.

The Reign are the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Emery attended Tampa Bay’s training camp on a PTO, but he was released after the team claimed Kevin Poulin on waivers from the Islanders.

The 33-year-old had a 10-11-7 record with a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .894 save percentage in 31 games with the Flyers last season.

Even with starter Jonathan Quick struggling, it’s hard to envision this move leading to a return to the NHL for Emery.

The Kings have Quick and Jhonas Enroth with the big club, while veteran Peter Budaj was signed to a two-way contract on Friday.

Goalie nods: Reimer makes first start of the season

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James Reimer will get his first start of the 2015-16 season on Saturday night against Ottawa.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock made it clear from the beginning that Jonathan Bernier was going to start on Wednesday against Montreal and Friday in Detroit, while Reimer would get in against the Sens.

“I’ve known this for a long time that (Bernier is) starting and he’s starting on Wednesday and he’s starting on Friday. Reims is starting on Saturday,” Babcock said before the season began.

Things haven’t gone according to plan for Toronto through two games.

Not only have they lost both contests, but Bernier was pulled in yesterday’s 4-0 loss to the Red Wings, and the team has scored only one goal this season.

Reimer, who stopped 12 of 13 shots in just under 40 minutes of action against Detroit, will go up against Craig Anderson.


Cam Talbot will try to get his first win as an Oiler as they travel to Nashville to take on the Predators. Pekka Rinne will start for the Predators.

Carey Price and Tuukka Rask will face-off when the Canadiens and Bruins renew hostilities at the TD Garden in Boston.

Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes when the Red Wings take on the ‘Canes in Carolina. Cam Ward gets the nod for the Hurricanes.

Keith Kinkaid for the Devils. Braden Holtby makes his first start of the year in the Capitals’ season opener.

Steve Mason for the Flyers. Roberto Luongo for the Panthers in their opener.

-Columbus hasn’t confirmed who their starter will be in the back half of their home-and-home with the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist will start for New York.

Jake Allen makes his first start of the regular season for St. Louis. Devan Dubnyk for the Wild.

-The Islanders have yet to confirm their starter for tonight’s game in Chicago. Scott Darling for the ‘Hawks after Corey Crawford helped spoil the party in Brooklyn yesterday.

Antti Niemi gets the call for Dallas after he blanked the Penguins in his first start. Semyon Varlamov for Colorado.

Jonas Hiller for Calgary. Ryan Miller for the Canucks.

-The Penguins haven’t confirmed who their starter will be in Arizona tonight. Mike Smith will likely play in back-to-back games after beating the Kings on Friday.

-The Ducks have yet to confirm their starter. Martin Jones will start for San Jose.