Dave King is headed back to Russia.
The former Columbus and Calgary bench boss has accepted the head gig with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, according to the KHL website. King replaces Pyotr Vorobyov, who resigned over the weekend due to health problems.
King, who had been working as a development coach in Phoenix, was granted a leave of absence by the Coyotes to return to the country in which he’s had huge success. He won the 2005 Spengler Cup as the head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk, defeating Team Canada 8-3 in the final. King later went on to write a book about his time coaching in Russia, then proceeded to coach in the German league before returning to the NHL as an assistant with Phoenix in 2009.
He was moved to his current position of development coach in 2011. According to the Arizona Republic, King will resume his duties once the KHL campaign is over.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.