NHL notes: Ryan Clowe, Theo Peckham headed to ECHL
|Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham tangles with Ray Whitney at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., March 18, 2012. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/Reuters)
The San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL have added a couple of ringers to their roster.
The Bulls signed San Jose Sharks winger Ryan Clowe Tuesday, a day after inking Edmonton Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham. Clowe is expected to join the team Thursday while Peckham skated in practice for the first time on Monday and will likely play later this week.
Clowe, 30, has played 395 games in the NHL and is coming off a 2011-12 campaign with the Sharks that saw his record 17 goals and 28 assists in 76 games.
"We're excited to have a player of Ryane's caliber join the team," Bulls president/coach Pat Curcio said on the team's website. "We look forward to having him around the locker room, as he gets back into game shape. The rest of the players on the team will have a chance to learn from his work ethic."
Peckham, 24, has 156 games of NHL experience.
"He is a proven NHL defenceman and will make our defensive core significantly stronger," Curcio said. "We look forward to seeing Theo proudly don a Bulls jersey for a game soon."
The Ontario Reign of the ECHL also got into the act Tuesday, signing Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi. Last season he had 19 goals and 17 assists in 69 games with the Wild.
ISLES PITCHING IN
The New York Islanders will hold a free, open skate at Nassau Coliseum next week in an effort to raise money to help people affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The event on Nov. 12, called Hockey with a Heart, will include employees of the Islanders and the arena management company, SMG. They will collect "will collect monetary donations, warm clothing and other non-perishable items," according to a press release from the team.
"Hurricane Sandy devastated our local community and we want to do everything we can to help," Islander general manager Garth Snow said. "This event will offer families in our community the chance to take a break from their recovery efforts and enjoy themselves."
Many New Yorkers lost their homes and others are still without electricity as a result of Sandy hitting the area a week ago.
The Los Angeles Kings assigned rehabbing goaltender Jonathan Quick to Manchester of the AHL, according to the L.A. Times.
But Quick won't get into any games with the Monarchs. The 2012 Conn Smythe winner, who had off-season back surgery, will only be allowed to practice with the team during the NHL lockout.
Quick is considered an injured player so he's still getting paid during the lockout. But that also prevents him from playing with the Monarchs while he's rehabbing.
If Quick is activated off the injured list before the lockout ends, he still won't be eligible to play in the AHL because he has a one-way contract with the Kings. He also signed a 10-year, $58 million extension last summer.
'VOTE,' KINGS SAY
The official Twitter feed of the defending Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings urged Americans to vote Tuesday in the presidential election.
"Remember," one tweet said, "your vote could decide who congratulates us at the White House."
U.S. President Barack Obama called captain Dustin Brown after the Kings won the Cup in June, but the team hasn't yet made the traditional trek to the White House to get the official congrats.
You can bet that Tim Thomas, who snubbed the Boston Bruins' visit to the White House last season, didn't vote for Obama on Tuesday.
BRODEUR SAYS FANS BLASE
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was shocked at the lack of hockey talk he heard during a recent visit to Montreal.
Montreal hockey fans, considered among the most knowledgeable in the game, seemed rather ho-hum about the NHL lockout.
"I just came back from Montreal and I was surprised how it wasn't talked about much by the fans," Brodeur told NorthJersey.com on Tuesday.
"In New Jersey, it's even worse. People have kind of forgotten about us a little bit and that's not a good thing."
What are the odds the lockout will wipe out the entire 2012-13 NHL season? According to Bodog, an online bookie, the odds are 1/2. In other words, not great. But if you're optimistic the NHL will return, you can get 3/2 odds ... Phoenix Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski signed a six-game contract extension with TPS Turku in Finland. Korpikoski, who originally signed with Turku in early October, will stay with the team until Nov. 24 ... Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils, who is playing with St. Petersburg during the lockout, was named KHL player of the month. Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers, who's playing with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik, was the league's rookie of the month.