"He walked in the back and started shaking hands, and he didn't get far, he was kind of swarmed," Stars forward Ray Whitney told the Dallas Morning News. "We didn't shake hands so much as we all hugged him. It was an emotional moment."
Peverley, who is scheduled to have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to remedy the heart issue that caused him to collapse on the bench during a game Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, will wear a monitoring vest at home, according to the newspaper.
"He just seems completely normal, but we all know it's more serious than that," Whitney said. "But it's such a great thing to have him here and to know he's OK. He has a lot of things he has to do, but from where he was to where he is now, it's great to see him."
Selected in the second round (No. 50) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Sundstrom, 21, has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 38 games this season with the Sound Tigers. The Gothenburg, Sweden native had 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games for Bridgeport last year, his first season in North America.
Prior to joining the Sound Tigers, Sundstrom played two seasons with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League.
"I've been working with Raleigh Orthopedic throughout this season with the hope of returning to play hockey," Pitkanen said in a statement released Thursday. "There is no timetable as of now, but I've been making progress with my rehab and it remains my goal to resume my professional hockey career. It's been frustrating to be away from the ice, but I want to thank all of the people who have expressed support throughout the season."
Pitkanen sustained the injury on April 2, 2013.
Kootenay Ice forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon, who contracted a form of acute bacterial meningitis late last month, is showing signs of improvement which include responding to verbal stimuli.
The Saskatoon Health Region on Thursday updated the condition of Bozon, whom doctors said remains in critical but stable condition.
According to the update that was posted on the Kootenay Ice website, Bozon remains in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, after being admitted March 1 with Neisseria Meningitidis.
Forward Declan Farmer scored two goals and goalie Steve Cash made 11 saves to lead the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey team to a 3-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal round of the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games on Thursday at Shayba Arena in Russia.
The U.S. will look to make history Saturday when it faces host Russia in the gold-medal game at 1 p.m. ET (NBC). No team in the Paralympics sled hockey tournament has won back-to-back gold medals, and the United States, which lost 2-1 in Pool B preliminary-round action to Russia on Tuesday, will get that chance.
Orlov will earn $1.75 million next season and $2.25 million during the 2015-16 season.
Peverley will have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to remedy his heart issue, atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia. The procedure is aimed at regulating his heart rate, and recovery will take at least a few months.
Peverley appeared Wednesday at a news conference at University of Texas Southwestern St. Paul University Hospital and read a statement thanking doctors for saving his life, and Stars coaches, front office and fans for their support.
"On behalf of my wife, Nathalie, all of my family and myself, I'd like to thank you and to thank all the people that saved my life," Peverley said. "But I'd also like to thank the Dallas Stars organization as a whole. They have been supporting not only myself but my family. The owner, Tom Gaglardi; [general manager] Jim Nill; [coach] Lindy Ruff have all been in constant contact with me this entire time. I'd also like to say thank you to my wife and family for their love and support. Finally, I'd like to thank everyone from past and present teammates to management, coaches, my agent, fans, and media from the entire NHL family for all their support, for which I'm very much grateful."
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- After three days of meetings at the Boca Beach Club, the NHL general managers came away with a consensus that the game is in good shape and needs no radical makeover.
"There are no major announcements or major changes," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "There will be some recommendations, some things people will look at, there will be some more homework done, but you should continue to enjoy the game principally the way it's being played."
Among the recommendations the managers are considering to propose to the Competition Committee are modifications to the overtime format and faceoff protocol.
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