Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal recently had surgery to repair a core muscle injury sustained during offseason training, but the team expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season. Staal, 29, had a team-high 61 points in 79 games last season. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI)
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie