Rick Tocchet, an assistant coach under Wayne Gretzky in Phoenix before the gambling scandal, will be eligible to return to the NHL Feb. 7.
It was announced Thursday that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has reinstated Rick Tocchet, effective Feb. 7, 2008 (more...).
Anaheim: Mathieu Schneider, Rob Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf returned from injuries Thursday…The Ducks dropped Columbus 2-1 in a shootout.
Los Angeles: Kyle Calder’s injured finger will require surgery and he’ll be out for two weeks… Matt Moulson was recalled from Manchester of the AHL.
San Jose: Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh, who was with the team on a tryout, was official given a contract Thursday. It is a one-year deal.
Colorado: Milan Hejduk was back in the lineup after missing five of six with back problem. The Avs beat the Pens 3-2.
Minnesota: Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik and Niklas Backstrom returned from injury for the Wild’s 3-2 loss to the Blues. Backstrom backed up Josh Harding, but didn’t see any action...Wes Walz missed the game for personal reasons… Nolan Schaefer and Cal Clutterbuck were returned to the AHL… Benoit Pouliot was recalled.
Vancouver: Both Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo were taken to hospital with injuries during Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Predators. Bieksa suffered a lacerated right calf when the skate of Predator Vernon Fiddler cut him during the second period. Sal was hit in the face by puck shot by teammate Alex Edler…Willie Mitchell suited up for the first time this season.
Columbus: Despite allowing only one goal, Fredrik Norrena took the loss in the shootout Thursday, 2-1 to Anaheim.
Detroit: Henrik Zetterberg got goals 11 and 12 as the Wings stopped the Flames 4-1. Zetterberg continues to lead the league in points and goals. The win was Detroit’s seventh straight.
Nashville: Dan Ellis picked up his second shutout in three starts with a 3-0 win over Vancouver.
St. Louis: Manny Legace earned his sixth win in eight games with a 3-2 win over the Wild.
NY Islanders: Rick DiPietro nabbed his 12th career shutout Thursday, a 4-0 wash of Tampa. It was the Isles first win over the Lightning in nine games.
NY Rangers: The Blueshirts and Henrik Lundqvist blanked the Capitals 2-0.
Philadelphia: 19-year-old winger Pat Maroon was signed to a one-year deal…Scottie Upshall returned for the Flyers 5-2 loss to Montreal after being sidelined for 10 games with a wrist injury.
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby had a pair of goals, but it wasn’t enough as his team dropped a 3-2 decision to the Avs… The Penguins have placed Laraque on the injured reserve because of a groin injury.
Boston: Brandon Bochenski was recalled from the AHL…The Bruins beat the Sabres 4-3 in OT.
Buffalo: Defenseman Nolan Pratt was inked to a one-year deal… Blueliner Jaroslav Spacek returned to the lineup for Thursday’s 4-3 OT loss to the Bruins.
Montreal: The Habs beat Philly 5-2.
Ottawa: Jason Spezza missed Thursday’s 6-4 win over Atlanta with a groin injury…Dean McAmmond returned to the lineup for the first time this season…Antoine Vermette also returned from injury…Randy Robitaille scored twice, but left later with an injury.
Atlanta: Johan Hedberg was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots in a 6-4 loss to Ottawa…Ilya Kovalchuk had a hat trick.
Florida: Noah Welch, acquired in the Gary Roberts deal last season, will be out for the next 4-6 months after shoulder surgery…Jassen Cullimore could get the chance to join the Panthers once his conditioning stint in the AHL is complete.
Tampa Bay: Andreas Karlsson returned to the lineup after missing 11 games. The Lightning were blanked 4-0 by the Islanders Thursday.
Washington: Dropped a 2-0 decision to the Rangers.
On tap tonight:
Toronto at New Jersey, 7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia at Washington, 7:00 PM ET
Florida at Buffalo, 7:30 PM ET
Phoenix at Dallas, 8:30 PM ET
Nashville at Edmonton, 9:00 PM ET
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 PM ET
The Hockey News Daily Dish, a roundup of all the previous day’s news, will return Nov. 5.