BLACKHAWKS: Former coach Denis Savard is back with the Chicago Blackhawks.
A Hockey Hall of Fame player and one of the franchise’s most popular figures, Savard returned to the organization as a team ambassador on Thursday after being fired as coach last month. He joins former Blackhawks Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in the community relations role.
“I have been very fortunate to be a part of this organization, to wear these colors, for so long and this gives me the chance to continue to be a part of something I love,” Savard said in a statement. “Today is a great day for me and my family.”
BLUES: St. Louis returned promising rookie defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to his junior team. The 18-year-old Pietrangelo was the fourth overall pick in the draft. He played eight games with St. Louis, recording an assist and an even plus-minus rating.
CAPITALS: The Washington Capitals signed 2008 first-round draft pick John Carlson to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old Carlson was the 27th overall pick.
WILD: The Minnesota Wild activated right wing Owen Nolan from injured reserve. Nolan missed eight of the past 11 games with a leg injury. He has one goal and three assists in five games this season.