Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was a guest on the season premiere of NHL Live to discuss what's ahead for his team entering the 2013-14 season.
The Ducks open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.
"The biggest thing is getting everybody on the right page system wise," said Boudreau, 111-55-22 since taking over as Ducks coach in 2011-12. "In today's world I think there's very, very few people that come to camp out of shape, so they're ready to go at the drop of the puck. We've been working pretty hard on our systems all week."
Hockey is back and so is NHL Live, which kicks off another season Monday at 5 p.m. ET from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.
NHL training camps are under way, and Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will commence their daily season previews with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger also joins the show with the latest news from around the League, including the status of unsigned restricted free agents.
The Anaheim Ducks are among the projected top contenders for the Stanley Cup. NHL Live welcomes coach Bruce Boudreau to discuss what's ahead for a recalibrated Ducks team that bulked up at center with the addition of Ryan Kesler.
The Detroit Red Wings told defenseman Danny DeKeyser they wanted to him to get bigger and stronger during the summer, and he responded by adding five pounds. The hope is the extra weight makes him stronger and better equipped to handle forechecking forwards in the Detroit zone.
DeKeyser, who's 6-foot-3, said his weight is up to 195 pounds.
"It's just kind of eating nonstop for me," he told the Detroit Free Press. "Every time I can get a protein shake or get some food in me, that's what I've got to do."
Stamkos had a shot on goal during the scrimmage. Lightning coach Jon Cooper was encouraged with what he saw from the Lightning captain, who missed 45 games last season with a broken tibia.
"There's no sense to put more burden than he has to have," Cooper told the Lightning website. "We're really happy with where he's at. Clearly, he's got much more jump, confidence than he ever had during that last stretch of the year when he came back after the injury."
"It's my first game, and I guess there would be nerves," Ritchie told the Ducks website. "It's just like any other game. It's hockey. It should be fun, and it's going to be cool. We've got some great players playing, so it's going to be cool following them on the ice, working hard and having a good game."
Raphael Diaz's attempt to break training camp with the Calgary Flames is off to a good start. He had five shots on goal, a takeaway and four blocked shots in a team-high 23:27 of ice time in the Flames' 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
"He played very good," associate coach Jacques Cloutier told the Flames website. "He was under control. He moved the puck extremely well. A very simple game, but very effective."
Diaz, 28, has played for three teams in four NHL seasons, most recently with the New York Rangers. He has six goals and 45 points with a minus-5 rating in 145 NHL games, and was invited to Flames camp on a professional tryout.
I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.
— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday