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Wild's Koivu continuing to work his way back

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 3:56 PM / News


When the Minnesota Wild return to play Thursday, captain Mikko Koivu could be in the lineup.

Koivu has been out since Jan. 4 recovering from a broken ankle but was on the ice Monday, and for the first time since his injury was a full participant in 5-on-5 drills.

However, neither Koivu nor coach Mike Yeo would say if Koivu would be available for the Wild's game Thursday at the Edmonton Oilers.

"Progress has been good since we came back," Koivu told the team's website. "Each and every day it's getting stronger and stronger so that's a good sign."


Islanders place Tavares on injured reserve

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 1:44 PM / News


The New York Islanders on Monday placed top-line center John Tavares on injured reserve.

Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament and meniscus tear in his left knee sustained during Canada's quarterfinal game against Latvia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"You feel bad for him, especially how much he was looking forward to it before the Olympics and coming back to help us make our playoff push," Tavares' teammate and roommate Colin McDonald said told the Islanders' website. "At this point it's set in and you just want him to get healthy and be ready for next year."


Former Avalanche star Hejduk announces retirement

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 10:59 AM / News


Milan Hejduk, who spent all 14 of his NHL seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, on Monday announced his retirement from hockey.

"I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," Hejduk said in a statement released by the Avalanche. "I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together."

Last season Hejduk had 11 points in 29 games. He was an unrestricted free agent this summer but has not played this season.


Blackhawks get back to work

Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 8:57 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Their vacations prompted by the 2014 Sochi Olympics officially ended Sunday afternoon when the Chicago Blackhawks took the ice for the first time in about two weeks.

The defending Stanley Cup champions, who sent 10 players to Sochi, got back to business with an hour-long workout for the non-Olympians to start preparing for the remaining 22 games on the schedule.

They'll jump right back into the action too. Chicago will travel to play the New York Rangers on Thursday and then host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Soldier Field in the next installment of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Tied in points (84) with the Central-Division leading St. Louis Blues, the Blackhawks are readying for a sprint to the finish line for the best possible positioning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Sharks' Couture ready to return: report

Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 6:41 PM / News


It appears San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture is ready to return when the team resumes its schedule on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Couture has missed the past 16 games after undergoing surgery on his right hand on Jan. 8. He sustained the injury in a game against the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 19, but played through it for nearly three weeks.

"I'm ready to go in three or four days, whatever it is. Feels good as its felt in three months," Couture told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday.

Couture ranks fourth on the Sharks with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 43 games.


Lightning claim Kostka off waivers from Blackhawks

Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 2:20 PM / News


The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed defenseman Michael Kostka off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Kostka had two goals, one assist and a plus-3 rating in nine games for Chicago. He missed most of October and all of November with a lower-body injury. He was a healthy scratch in the Blackhawks' five games before the Olympic break and 13 times in the past 16 games.

He also had an assist and a plus-3 rating in two games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season.


Henrik Sedin hopes to be ready when play resumes

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 2:38 AM / News


Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin participated in a full practice Friday and is optimistic he will be on the ice when the NHL season resumes.

"I was very pleased with the practice and how I felt," Sedin told the Vancouver Sun. "Everything is going the way I wanted it to go, so that's good."

Sedin, who is recovering from a rib injury, could play when the Canucks return against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

"Right now it feels like it's a possibility, for sure," the center said. "We'll take it day by day. Like I said, I felt good today with my shooting, skating and some contact, so it was very positive."


Rangers' Zuccarello expected to miss 3-4 weeks

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 12:09 PM / News


The New York Rangers announced Friday that forward Mats Zuccarello will miss 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand sustained while playing for Norway at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Mats Zuccarello
Left Wing - NYR
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 43
SOG: 128 | +/-: 5
Zuccarello, Norway's lone NHL player, sat out his team's qualification playoff game against Russia on Tuesday, a game Norway lost 4-0. In three preliminary-round games, Zuccarello did not register a point but had 10 shots on goal and led Norway forwards with an average ice time of 22:25 per game.

Zuccarello, who will miss approximately two weeks of games for the Rangers, leads them with 43 points and is tied for second with 15 goals.


Red Wings captain Zetterberg has back surgery

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 12:04 PM / News


Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had back surgery Friday but the club is hopeful the center will be able to return sometime this season.

Zetterberg had to withdraw from Sweden's team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics during the preliminary round and was diagnosed with a herniated disk. The Red Wings believe Zetterberg will need eight weeks to recover from the procedure.

A two-month timeframe would bring Zetterberg back during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin would not rule out Zetterberg returning before the postseason and said Zetterberg was expected to start walking Friday.

"It went very, very well," Martin told MLive.com. "They removed part of a disk that was rubbing on a nerve. It was what they thought it was. The recovery process looks very, very positive. … It's a really good sign. They feel confident this procedure will help in the long term."


Stamkos close to being cleared to play

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 2:50 AM / News


Steven Stamkos practiced with the Tampa Bay Lightning again Thursday and said he is "definitely very close" to be cleared to play.

"It felt great out there," Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times. "The best it's felt."

Stamkos attempted to return from a broken right tibia sustained Nov. 11 in time to play for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but could not. He said the extra time off has been a great benefit.

"It did feel good, but it feels even better now," Stamkos said. "Maybe I wasn't as far along as I thought, knowing how much better it has felt now that I have kept working on it and taking a couple of days off. It's just going to continually get better, and that's positive knowing it's doing that."

Tampa Bay plays Thursday at the Nashville Predators. Stamkos will have an X-ray Monday, the newspaper said.

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