NHL notes: Gomez, Redden clear waivers
|Wade Redden (left, Andre Forget/QMI Agency) and Scott Gomez (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency) were placed on waivers Jan. 17, 2013.
It came as no great surprise that none of the other 29 teams across the NHL had claimed forward Scott Gomez or defenceman Wade Redden on waivers Thursday.
Gomez and Redden are now eligible to have their contracts bought out by the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers respectively. Both are owed $10 million over the next two seasons.
Gomez was obtained by Montreal from the New York Rangers, who signed him to a seven-year, $51.5 million deal in 2007, in a multi-player deal by former Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey.
Redden, who signed a six-year, $39 million deal with the Rangers in 2008, was buried in the minors the last two seasons.
The NHL and the players' association negotiated an agreement Tuesday that will allow teams to buy out player contracts prior to the league opening the season on Saturday.
In order to ease the transition to a lower salary cap, teams are permitted two compliance buyouts to take place this season and/or next season.
STARS BRING BACK MODANO
Mike Modano is back with the Dallas Stars.
The team announced three new additions to their organization on Thursday, including their all-time leading scorer.
Modano, the franchise icon and face of the team since its 1993 relocation to Dallas from the Twin Cities, was named an executive advisor and alternate governor.
Additionally, three-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Recchi was brought on as an advisor to the hockey operations department, while former Stars goaltender Marty Turco was hired as a television analyst.
"We had to get Mike Modano to the Dallas Stars," said team owner Tom Gaglardi. "He's the Wayne Gretzky of Dallas. He's the Wayne Gretzky of U.S. hockey. I'm so elated that Mike is coming on board."
PANTHERS RE-SIGN KULIKOV
Restricted free agent defenceman Dmitry Kulikov finally came to an agreement with the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported the deal to be for two years, but did not reveal financial terms.
The 22-year-old spent the NHL lockout playing for Lokomotiv in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
Kulikov, a first-round pick of Florida in 2009, has totaled 13 goals and 70 points in 198 games over his three-year NHL career, all with the Panthers.
DEVILS NAME SALVADOR CAPTAIN
The New Jersey Devils are going with quiet and unassuming veteran defenceman Bryce Salvador as their 10th captain in team history.
Salvador, 36, joined the Devils during the 2007-08 season in a trade from the St. Louis Blues. He's played parts of four seasons in New Jersey, missing the entire 2010-11 campaign with a concussion.
He signed a three-year, $9.5 million contract this summer.
Ilya Kovachuk and Patrik Elias will serve as alternate captains.
Zach Parise, who spent one season as captain of the Devils, signed with the Minnesota Wild in July.