NHL notebook: League adjusts Devils' penalty for signing Kovalchuk
• The NHL reduced its penalty against the Devils for signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. The Devils will keep the first-round draft pick they were scheduled to forfeit this year, and the league will reduce the $3 million fine assessed against the team for circumventing the NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining agreement. Kovalchuk, who had been acquired by the Devils in February 2010, became a free agent at the end of that season. New Jersey signed him to a 17-year, $102 million deal, but the league ruled what would have been the longest contract in NHL circumvented the salary cap and rejected it.
• The Stars will retire Mike Modano's No. 9. His number will be lifted to the rafters before the Dallas' game Saturday night against Minnesota, where he started his career as the No. 1 pick in 1988 before the franchise moved south five years later. Modano is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history with 561 goals, 813 assists and 1,374 points.
• The Red Wings retired defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 before Thursday's game against the Avalanche by hoisting his jersey to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena. Lidstrom was a seven-time Norris Trophy winner — second in NHL history to Bobby Orr's eight — and was a four-time Stanley Cup champion. He finished his career with 1,142 points and a plus-450 rating in 1,564 games.
• The Capitals recalled forward Chris Brown from Hershey of the AHL, two days after they acquired him in a trade with the Coyotes. The Capitals also re-assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey. The 23-year-old Brown played in six games with Phoenix this season.
— Wire reports
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