When the lockout ended and the 2013 campaign began, Dominic Moore didn’t join his fellow NHL players in returning. He needed to take a step back after his wife, Katie, tragically lost her battle with liver cancer on Jan. 7.
“It was just the timing of everything at that time, it just didn’t work out,” Moore told the Bergen Record. “I think everything came to a head. Unfortunately, it was an inopportune time in January, it was a very difficult decision to not play. At the same time, it was the right decision.”
He spent that time off regrouping and clearing his head in addition to lending his services to the Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge, which is linked to the Katie Moore Foundation.
Now he’s ready to return to the NHL and the team that originally drafted him back in 2000, the New York Rangers, had interest in inking him to a one-year deal.
The 32-year-old forward hasn’t played with the Rangers since the 2005-06 campaign and in that time he’s been around the NHL. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and San Jose Sharks. After all that, he’s glad to be back where it all started.
“No doubt, coming back to New York is definitely what I wanted to happen, it was my first choice for a variety of reasons,” Moore said. “I’ve always been drawn back there. I’m grateful that it’s come to fruition.”
Andy Greene has been named Bryce Salvador’s successor as New Jersey’s team captain.
Greene, an undrafted free agent that’s spent his entire nine-year career with the Devils organization, becomes the 11th captain in the franchise’s history and third American to wear the “C” (Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were the others).
A former standout at Miami of Ohio, Greene — who served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons — has developed into a steady, durable blueliner that hasn’t missed a game in three years. He’s also locked into the Devils long term, having signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the club last summer.
That deal kicks in this season, and runs through 2020.
As for the rest of the leadership group, four players will serve as alternate captains this season: Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, and Adam Henrique.
Elias and Zajac both wore an “A” in New Jersey last year, while Cammalleri and Henrique are first-timers.
Why didn’t Colorado coach Patrick Roy call timeout at some point during the Minnesota Wild’s four-goals-in-5:07 outburst last night in Denver?
A new NHL rule was a factor in his thinking.
“I was thinking about it, I won’t lie to you,” Roy said after his Avalanche blew a three-goal lead in the third period and lost 5-4.
“My only problem is, if I use my timeout I lose my challenge. Then if something happens and it’s a goal, then we cannot make any challenge, that’s the reason I did not do it.”
Before anyone jumps down his throat for saving something he’s unlikely to need, there was another factor, too.
“The other reason why I didn’t do it was we had two TV timeouts, back to back,” he said. “We regrouped. We had time to talk. How long do we need? We had 45 seconds two times in a row before they scored I think the third and the fourth goal. We talked even after the fifth goal.”
As you can see, they did…talk.
The Avs are back in action Saturday versus Dallas.