NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be an in-studio guest of Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek on NHL Live, which airs at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, to discuss the 2014-15 season and the state of the League.
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who was named the 27th captain in franchise history Monday, will call into the show to discuss the Rangers' defense of the Eastern Conference championship. New York begins the regular season Thursday at the St. Louis Blues.
"It's great," Kesler said. "It's a really close locker room and that's most important. Just moving to southern California is a plus. It's beautiful every day here. It's like waking up on vacation every day."
"It's always good to get that first game going," Callahan said. "We're gearing up and getting ready to go. To get a full training camp under your belt and have a family here, I definitely feel like a big part of this organization now."
Callahan was acquired from the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline for Martin St. Louis. He signed a six-year contract on June 25 to remain with Tampa Bay and is a key component to a team expected to not only contend in the Eastern Conference, but go deep in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"When he came to Philadelphia, you can just see the intangibles on the ice and the gifts that he had. He can shoot a puck, he can skate," Primeau said. "It was whether he was going to put it all together. He's obviously really found his stride in Los Angeles, a couple of Cups, the opportunity to play on the Olympic team for Canada and he plays 200 feet as well."
Goaltender Roberto Luongo is in his second stint with the Florida Panthers after being acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in March. He told NHL Live on Friday that there have been a lot of changes to the Panthers' franchise since he was traded to Vancouver in the summer of 2006.
"The only reason I came back was that I felt things were different with the new ownership and their commitment to bringing in some new players and trying to build a winner," he said. "I think we have a good nucleus of players, and we brought in some good veterans -- guys who've won the Stanley Cup. Hopefully we can put things together and make a run for a playoff spot."
Two-time U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight joined NHL Live to discuss skating with the Anaheim Ducks at practice on Friday.
"It was an unreal experience," said Knight, who helped the United States win silver medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. "I was like a kid in a candy shop. The players were fantastic; they were super-welcoming. It was an honor to be a part of it."
NHL Live, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have an exclusive conversation with two-time U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight following her practice this afternoon with the Anaheim Ducks. Knight is scheduled to join the show by phone at 6:15 p.m.
Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan joined NHL Live to discuss his new seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension announced Thursday.
"I think relieved is probably the best word, because it was becoming a bit of a distraction," Ryan said. "More so excited. It's just happy feelings around for myself and the organization; move forward and know that we're very comfortable here for the next eight years.
"It's just nice that it's over with and we can really focus on these last few preseason games and then get rolling here for Nashville next week."
A special one-hour NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, airs Thursday at 5 p.m. on NHL Network, leading into the 6 p.m. NHL Coors Light Stadium Series press conference live from Levi's Stadium in San Jose, Calif., which will be available on NHL Network and NHL.com.