The NHL reopened for business Wednesday afternoon when coaches and players for all 30 teams hit the ice to begin preparations for the resumption of the season Feb. 25.
There was a lot of attention on the Tampa Bay Lightning and the health of center Steven Stamkos, who resumed skating during their afternoon session at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Fla.
Stamkos was sidelined a little more than three months after crashing into the goal post and breaking his right tibia at TD Garden against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11. Stamkos, who was forced to withdraw from the 2014 Sochi Olympics because of the injury, has 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games.
Stamkos' timetable to play agan is open-ended, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The goal, according to Lightning coach Jon Cooper, is to have Stamkos ready to face the Nashville Predators when the Lightning resume regular-season action Feb. 27.