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Ducks extend Despres
BREAKING: #NHLDucks sign defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year contract extension: — Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) October 9, 2015 #ducks Simon Després contract: 5 years / $18.5M #tvasports — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) October 9, 2015

Flyers’ Pyett diagnosed with cancer
From Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Logan Pyett is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with sarcoma, a form of cancer, in his upper left leg, the Flyers announced Friday. "The club asks that the media respect Logan and his family's privacy during this time," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Pyett family." Pyett, 27, signed a contract with the Flyers' American Hockey League affilliate, the Lehigh V...

3-on-3 OT is an adjustment for players, coaches
From the Associated Press: Count Washington Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen among those around the NHL taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the league’s new 3-on-3 overtime. A few things do seem clear about the setup: It will make goalies’ stats uglier, result in fewer shootouts and force coaches to decide whether to focus on defence or an all-out attacking style. "I wasn’t really sure about it at first," said Niskanen, whose team hosts the New Jers...

TSN’s Kerry Fraser digs the coach’s challenge
TSN's Kerry Fraser was asked to weigh in on the coach's challenge today: The game, as you know, is very fast. One of the most difficult decisions that a referee has to make involves goalie interference in the often high traffic area of the goal crease. There is no more helpless feeling for a ref than having the puck enter the net and being uncertain if, or how, illegal contact with the goalie took place. In those moments the four officials would conference on the ice in an effort to dete...

SI’s Farber profiles Mike Babcock
Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber tells quite the gritty tale as to how Mike Babcock went from working in a slaughterhouse to working for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I'll spare you the gore... Theoretically, this is the perfect marriage. After last season Babcock was a free agent with a gilt-edged résumé—10 straight playoff appearances with Detroit, a Stanley Cup (in 2008 with the Red Wings), two losses in seven-game finals (’03 with Anaheim, ’09 with D...

TSN: NHL, NHLPA set escrow amount at 16%
From TSN's Frank Seravalli: With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday. That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners. “Escrow” is the dirtiest word in hockey locker ro...

New Jersey Devils name Andy Greene captain
From the New Jersey Devils: BREAKING: #NJDevils name Andy Greene captain. Alternates are Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, and Adam Henrique. #RELENTLESS — New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) October 9, 2015

Quite ill
Paul will be absent for the next day or two due to a significant illness. I will be focusing on the Wings' home opener, so coverage may be a little light in the general news category.

Jack Eichel scores his first NHL goal
Jack Eichel scored the Sabres' only goal in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa:

Sabres lose Lehner
Robin Lehner left the Senators-Sabres game with a lower-body injury:


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