Panik (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) had three goals and 10 assists in 50 regular-season games with the Lightning last season, and played in two Stanley Cup Playoff games. Panik also played for Slovakia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
It was March 10 when Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center and was rushed to a hospital for treatment of what doctors described as a cardiac event.
Thursday, four months after the incident, Peverley detailed how he is working toward what he hopes will be a return to the ice.
"Everything's been going really well. I've been taking steps along the way here to see how my heart reacts to ongoing steps that I've been taking," Peverley told "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas. "Just been ramping it up as time goes on and as I keep achieving new goals."
Wild players Keith Ballard, Matt Cooke and Justin Fontaine, along with Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets), Alex Goligoski (Dallas Stars) and Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers) will participate in the Ninth Annual Celebrity Sweat Softball Challenge on Saturday at Midway Stadium.
Veteran forward Brenden Morrow signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not released, but Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported the value at $1.55 million.
BROSSARD, Quebec -- A little over a year ago Zachary Fucale was living a dream.
Coming off a Memorial Cup championship with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Fucale was the first goaltender selected at the 2013 NHL Draft. And the team doing the selecting was his hometown Montreal Canadiens.
Life could not have been much better.
What has transpired since the draft, however, could be described as a nightmare.
And Fucale is ready to wake up.
COLUMBUS -- Being "that guy" can be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances.
With almost 50,000 views, the video earned Milano an online following, which expanded when he recorded a new set of videos for NHL.com at the NHL Scouting Combine in May.
It's one he lost -- Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round to the Los Angeles Kings -- that is sticking with him, in a good way.
He discussed that and his offseason in a Q&A with the Ducks website published Thursday.
"I think we'll all use it for motivation for next year," Gibson said. "I don't think we have to worry about in a negative way, but I think we'll use it as a positive."
The new-look Pacific Division broke into two tiers for the 2013-14: The California teams were on one level and the other four clubs were far off the pace.
Depending on what happens with the curious case of the San Jose Sharks' rebuilding project, it looks like those tiers could be in place again in 2014-15. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will expect to contend for the Stanley Cup, and the Sharks might be in the group of potential champions if their summer makeover doesn't reach extreme status.
Anaheim and San Jose were one victory away from knocking Los Angeles out of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings return nearly everyone and will be seeking a third NHL title in four seasons.
The other four teams are trying to return to the playoffs. Given the way teams in the Central Division have loaded up, it might be difficult for the Pacific to squeeze a fourth back into the postseason.
ST. LOUIS -- In a strange and surprising twist of events Thursday, the St. Louis Blues brought back a familiar face and might be about to lose another.
The Blues re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Steve Ott to a two-year, $5.2 million contract.
After the Blues signed free agent centers Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera, it was thought that the Blues would move in a different direction. However, that changed St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong learned restricted free agent center Vladimir Sobotka was considering signing with a team in the Kontinental Hockey League.
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