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Posted On Friday, 08.21.2015 / 12:57 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rangers forward Zuccarello ready for camp: Vigneault

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello has been given a clean bill of health and should be ready to go for the start of training camp next month, coach Alain Vigneault told Friday in a phone interview.

"I've heard he's 100 percent from our medical staff," Vigneault said. "He's been cleared to skate and have contact. He's made a full recovery, so we're very pleased about that. He's a big part of our team."

Zuccarello was injured in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He was struck in the side of the head by a slap shot from defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Posted On Thursday, 08.20.2015 / 11:14 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Hossa brings Cup back to hometown in Slovakia

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup on Thursday in his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia.

Hossa took the Cup around town, a journey that included stops at a sports field, a restaurant and a bar where he ate pierogies from the Cup.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 4:38 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rangers' McDonagh skating at full strength again

New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is skating at full strength and has resumed his normal training regimen roughly one month after coming out of a walking boot that he had been in for six weeks because of a broken right foot.

"It's safe to say it's getting better every day and feeling pretty much 100 percent at this point now," McDonagh told in a phone interview from his home in Minnesota on Wednesday. "We said June 1 was the starting date, so we're more than two-and-a-half months in. I'm back skating on the ice, doing leg strength stuff in the weight room, running and jumping. I'm really trying to put it all behind me now and gear up here for the start of training camp."

Posted On Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 4:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Cup stays in Sweden with Blackhawks' Nordstrom

Chicago Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom brought the Stanley Cup to Fontanahallen Rink in Sweden on Wednesday for fans to see.

Nordstrom enjoyed his day in his home country after former Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (now with the Dallas Stars) and restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger, who are each from Stockholm, brought the Cup to Sweden earlier this week.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 2:11 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Aug. 19, 2015

Here is the Aug. 19 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the summer. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Now that the New York Rangers have signed Jarret Stoll, have we seen the end of Tanner Glass? Why has the media not questioned him being in the lineup? -- @BFerryNYR

Stoll's signing won't push Glass out of the lineup, but a strong training camp from Viktor Stalberg could. Stoll's signing might push Kevin Hayes to right wing, but he would be taking over the spot vacated by Martin St. Louis, who retired. Carl Hagelin's spot in the lineup will likely be taken up by Emerson Etem, which is why the Rangers made that trade, Etem for Hagelin, including draft picks. Glass is still the fourth-line left wing until someone knocks him out of that spot. The only someone who can do it, in my opinion, is Stalberg.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 2:10 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Briere recalls historic series, Game 7 against Bruins

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Daniel Briere's memories of the historic Game 7 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals include him being almost in tears on the bench, losing it on the ice, being furious in the dressing room and ultimately feeling invincible as the game wore on.

Briere's memories of that game, vivid as they are, came pouring back Tuesday when he discussed the finest moments of his six seasons with the Flyers at the end of his retirement press conference at Virtua Flyers Skate Zone.

"Within that two-month bubble that we were in [in 2010], I think the comeback against Boston was probably the ultimate peak of that two-month stretch," Briere said. "What we did is unbelievable."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 9:52 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Oduya, Kruger bring Cup to native Sweden

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger spent Tuesday with the Stanley Cup in Sweden at a children's hospital.

Oduya and Kruger, each a native of Stockholm, also brought the Cup to a soccer stadium and met with fans.

Posted On Sunday, 08.16.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Seabrook brings Cup home to Tsawwassen, B.C.

For the third time in the past five years, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

Seabrook and his family boarded a Zamboni in the morning for a ride through the local streets to the South Delta Recreation Centre, where the Cup was available for public viewing and photographs with fans, and later took to the skies for a helicopter tour of nearby Vancouver.

Posted On Friday, 08.14.2015 / 2:09 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks owner takes Cup to Illinois State Fair

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz brought the Stanley Cup to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Friday.

Wirtz and Gov. Bruce Rauner took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially began the fair, which runs through Aug. 23.

Posted On Thursday, 08.13.2015 / 6:30 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks head trainer shows off Cup for charities

Chicago Blackhawks head trainer Mike Gapski brought the Stanley Cup to Marist High School in Chicago and a minor-league baseball stadium in Crestwood, Ill., on Thursday.

Gapski also had plans to take the Cup to a bar and restaurant in Merrionette Park, Ill., later Thursday.

Gapski arranged the three visits to raise money for various charities and groups, including Marist's hockey team. At Marist and Standard Bank Stadium, home of the Frontier League's Windy City ThunderBolts, fans received a 4-by-6 photo for a $10 fee charged to those 8 and older. Proceeds also benefit the Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and families in need.

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I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.

— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website