As the NHL lockout hit its second day, all-star forwards Joe Thornton and Rick Nash made their European debuts with HC Davos of the Swiss Elite League. Nash, a left wing for the Blue Jackets, scored once and Thornton had two assists in a 3-2 victory over Lugano.
"It's going to be a fun experience," Thornton said. "Fun to be on the ice right now and fun to be doing it with Rick. It's something I know that we'll be glad we did. We'll send pictures."
It's been a busy week for Thornton. The Bruins center helped Canada to a title in the World Cup of Hockey Tuesday in Toronto.
BLACKHAWKS: The only veteran with a commitment to play elsewhere is former Lightning defenseman Jassen Cullimore. He will take part in the Original Stars 4-on-4 league that will play throughout Canada. Chicago signed Cullimore on July 22 to a four-year, $9.8-million deal.
DEVILS: Forwards Jeff Friesen and Brian Gionta and defensemen Colin White and Paul Martin will play in the Original Stars League, which runs through Oct. 1, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. General manager Lou Lamoriello wanted to send Martin, a rookie last season who played for Team USA in the World Cup, to the AHL. But he played in too many games and would have to clear waivers in order to be sent to the minors.
RANGERS: Forward Jamie Lundmark, unable to reach a deal with New York, reached an agreement to play for Bolzano in the Italian League, according to the New York Post. The deal includes an escape clause that will allow the Lundmark to return to the Rangers.
Lundmark's teammate Jaromir Jagr, meanwhile, will play for the Czech team Rabat Kladno. His father is the club president.
"He should start playing as soon as he is healthy, hopefully next week," GM Ota Cerny said, referring to the hip injury that bothered Jagr during the World Cup. Jagr scored eight goals for Kladno during the 1994 lockout.
LOCKOUT: DAY 3
WHAT HAPPENED: Nothing.
NEXT NEGOTIATING SESSION: None planned.
WHAT THE LIGHTNING WOULD BE DOING: Second day of training camp.
QUOTABLE: "Speaking from experience, sitting out a season is not the easiest thing to do. But when you have 700-plus guys on your side, and it's not just you standing alone, obviously, the principles are very strong. And we'll stick by them." _ Islanders captain Michael Peca.