NHL notes: Ron Francis buys into Hurricanes
|Former Hurricanes player Ron Francis, already a member of the team's front office, became a part owner on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (Andrew Wallace/Reuters/Files)
Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis is now a part-owner of the team he starred with during his playing days, the Carolina Hurricanes.
Francis, the team's vice-president of hockey operations, and three other North Carolina-based investors -- Ron de Lange, Eliza Kraft Olander and Brian McHenry -- were announced Wednesday by majority owner Peter Karmanos, Jr.
"It is very encouraging that these locally based investors feel so strongly about our franchise and its future," Karmanos said.
Francis, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, ended his career as the Carolina franchise's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, including goals (382), assists (793), points (1,185) and power-play goals (132). During his 23 NHL seasons, Francis played 1,731 games, had 549 goals and 1,249 assists with Hartford/Carolina, Pittsburgh and Toronto and also won the Stanley Cup on two occasion.
SUNDIN HIRED AS ADVISOR IN SWEDEN
Former NHL star Mats Sundin has been hired as an adviser with the Swedish national team, the newspaper Aftonbladet reported Wednesday.
Sundin, 41, will work with the national and junior national programs.
"It will be interesting to see this collaboration during the coming season, culminating in the (world championship) at home in Stockholm," Swedish Ice Hockey Association manager Tommy Boustedt said. Sweden and Finland will be co-hosts of the 2013 tournament, with the semifinals and final being played in Stockholm May 18-19.
Sundin won three world championships and an Olympic medal as a player with the Swedish team.
Sundin retired after playing the 2008-09 season with the Vancouver Canucks. He played 18 seasons in the NHL, including 13 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and four with the Quebec Nordiques, getting 564 goals and 785 assists in 1,346 games.
VISNOVSKY STUCK ON ISLAND
Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky is still a New York Islander.
On Wednesday, an NHL arbitrator refused to overturn the June 22 trade that sent Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks to the Islanders for a second-round draft pick in 2013.
Visnovsky appealed the trade, arguing that he had a valid no-trade clause in his contract despite accepting a trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Ducks in 2010. The arbitrator disagreed.
Visnovsky, 36, had six goals and 21 assists in 68 games with the Ducks last season.
The Washington Capitals signed forward Troy Brouwer to a three-year, $11-million contract extension. Brouwer, 27, will make $3.6 million in 2013-14, $3.65 million in 2014-15 and $3.75 million in 2015-16 ... The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goalie Ben Scrivens to a two-year, $1.225 million contract. Scrivens is expected to back up James Reimer this season ... The Pittsburgh Penguins signed their two first-round pick from the June draft, defencemen Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta. Pouliot was taken eighth overall while Maatta went 22nd ... The Detroit Red Wings are expected to sign forward Justin Abdelkader to a fourt-year contract before the current NHL CBA expires on Saturday. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com that "we've been close for a few days" and anticipates getting the deal done ... The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Jeremy Welsh to a two-year deal worth $1.7 million. Welsh, who played at Union College, made his NHL debut in the 'Canes last regular season game in 2011-12.