Miroslav Satan, who played in over 1000 games and scored over 700 points during his 15-year NHL career, announced his retirement on Tuesday after representing his native Slovakia at the ’14 IIHF World Championships.
Satan, 39, made his mark over the course of eight seasons in Buffalo, posting career highs in goals (40, 1999) and points (75, 2003) while wearing a Sabres uniform. Satan also served as a rotating captain and played in 51 career postseason games for Buffalo, helping the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.
It would take the Slovak forward 10 years to get back — in 2009, he won his first and only Cup as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Satan last played in the NHL during the 2009-10 season with Boston, and acquitted himself pretty well — 14 points in 38 regular season games, and 10 more in 13 playoff appearances. From there, he played in both the KHL and Slovak Extraliga, representing Slovakia on numerous occasions at the Worlds (Satan appeared in four Winter Olympics as well, including the 1994 games in Lillehammer.)
Aside from his cool surname, Satan will be remembered as one of the most prolific Slovakian players of all time. He currently sits sixth among Slovak scorers in NHL history, with 735 points.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
A preseason push by a number of Vancouver Canucks youngsters has left forward Linden Vey and defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers today.
The more surprising name of the two is Corrado, the 22-year-old who entered the season with an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. However, it seems that rookie d-man Ben Hutton, 22, has been given the nod after finishing an eye-opening preseason with one goal and four assists in seven games. (This despite Hutton being waiver exempt. So it’s a risk for the Canucks, to be sure.)
It was the play of 19-year-old rookie Jared McCann that led, in part, to the waiving of Vey. (For more on that, click here.) Veteran Adam Cracknell remains with the team as well, to some surprise.
Rookie winger Jake Virtanen is also expected to be on Vancouver’s opening-day roster, though that’s no big shock.
Defenseman Alex Biega is also on waivers, as expected.