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Lightning captain Stamkos says leg 'much stronger'

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 8:36 PM / News

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Steven Stamkos
Center - TBL
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 40
SOG: 124 | +/-: 9
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos said Thursday his injured right leg is much better than it was at the end of last season.

Stamkos broke his right tibia on Nov. 11 in a game against the Boston Bruins. He returned March 6 to play the final 20 games of the regular season plus four in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It feels much stronger," Stamkos told the Lightning website. "Mentally, too, you're in a better state. It's amazing what time and being able to work on it, being able to strengthen it kind of at your own pace and at your own time and how your body reacts. It's amazing week after week how much better it feels and how much closer it's getting to where it was before. I'm excited about that."

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Zetterberg healthy heading into Red Wings camp

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 6:42 PM / News

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Henrik Zetterberg
Left Wing - DET
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 48
SOG: 151 | +/-: 19
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said Thursday he will enter training camp completely healthy after having back surgery in February.

"I feel good," the Red Wings captain told the team website. "It's been a good summer rehabbing and off-ice workouts, so I'm really excited to get back at it here.

"The surgery that I had, that part of the back is healed. I can do everything on the ice and in the weight room; [I] had a really good summer workout-wise, so I look forward to seeing what results that will give me."

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Commissioner says NHL 'stronger every season'

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 6:34 PM / News

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NEW YORK -- Commissioner Gary Bettman discussed the financial state of the NHL among several topics Thursday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit.

Bettman, while being interviewed by Bloomberg's Tom Keene, praised the League's competitive balance as a key component of increased success in several areas.

"Over the last decade now, we've gotten stronger every season," Commissioner Bettman said. "As [Tom] pointed out, last year may have been the strongest ever. The point is, why? It starts with the game. It starts with the way the game is being played, the skill, the speed, the competitive balance that we have that is perhaps maybe the best we've ever seen and the best in all of sports. Every team is in it in the regular season, most of the regular season.

"The playoffs are wildly unpredictable. How many games did we see where it turned around when a team was down by three goals? We had a series where a team came back after being down 3-0 in the series. That's a testament to how the game is being played and how exciting and entertaining it is. You combine that with the things we're doing around the game to build the business of the game: Attendance has never been better, ratings have never been better, and business has never been better."

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Red Wings' Babcock 'comfortable' with status: report

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 6:15 PM / News

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Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is going into the final season of his contract and said he won't negotiate once the regular season starts in October.

"If we get something done in September, great," Babcock told Mlive.com on Wednesday. "But if we don't, and I've said this and no one believes me, I have a real good relationship with the general manager (Ken Holland) and I'm real confident in my own ability and confident in the ability he has to put together a team. We'll find a way to work something out over time.

"But I'm not all wound up about this one bit. I'm real comfortable. I'm not selling my house or anything like that. Life's good for me."

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Brodeur willing to be Canadiens' backup: report

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 5:55 PM / News

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Goaltender Martin Brodeur said this week he'd be willing to play this season as the backup to Carey Price with the Montreal Canadiens.

"If the Canadiens made me an offer, it goes without saying that I would listen to what they have to offer me," Brodeur said, according to the QMI Agency.

Brodeur, an unrestricted free agent, said several times previously he was looking to be a No. 1 goalie but would consider a lesser role if it were with a contender.

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Avalanche sign defenseman Barrie to two-year deal

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 5:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 season, the team announced Thursday. The contract is worth $5.2 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Barrie, 23, scored 13 goals last season, the most by an Avalanche defenseman since John-Michael Liles had 14 in 2006-07. Barrie finished second among Colorado defensemen in points (38) and assists (25) in 64 games. He finished third on the team with a plus-17 rating and had two assists in three Stanley Cup Playoff games before sustaining a knee injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

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Rangers' Lundqvist visits David Letterman on Monday

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

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Henrik Lundqvist
Goalie - NYR
RECORD: 33-24-5
GAA: 2.36 | SVP: .920

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be in the spotlight when he visits "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday (11:35 p.m. ET, CBS).

Lundqvist has played for the Rangers since 2005 and reached the Stanley Cup Final last season after going 33-24-5 during the regular season with a 2.36 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

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Pacioretty eager to help lead Canadiens

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- It may have been a sign of things to come when it was pointed out to Max Pacioretty that his likeness in EA Sports' new NHL 15 is wearing the captain's "C," and the Montreal Canadiens left wing smiled when he was asked if he knows something that has not yet been shared with the rest of the hockey world.

"No, I don't know anything," Pacioretty said Thursday after participating in EA Sports' Motion Capture Display. "But I believe somebody at EA Sports should be in line for a promotion."

The fact is the Canadiens are in the market for a captain since Brian Gionta, their captain the past four seasons, signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1.

The Canadiens whipped their typically emotional fans into frenzy last season when they bounced the Tampa Bay Lightning from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four games and then eliminated the Boston Bruins in seven. Things turned sour in the Eastern Conference Final, however, when Montreal was beaten in six games by the New York Rangers.

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Dupuis not cleared for Penguins camp yet: report

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 4:02 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has not been cleared for contact as he recovers from knee surgery and it is unknown if he will be in time for the start of training camp Sept. 19, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday.

"We don't hit anybody this early anyway, so I wouldn't be able to test it," Dupuis told the newspaper. "Yes, I'm battling in the corners, 1-on-1, and it feels great. It doesn't swell on me. … The way it feels is the way I would feel this time of year, usually. It's just not battle-tested yet."

Dupuis, 35, is skating with Penguins teammates at Consol Energy Center. He was injured Dec. 23 against the Ottawa Senators when he was involved in a collision with Sidney Crosby. Dupuis had surgery Feb. 12 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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Krejci signs six-year contract extension with Bruins

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 1:35 PM / News

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The Boston Bruins signed forward David Krejci to a six-year contract extension worth an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $7.25 million, the team announced Thursday.

Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season with 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists) and an NHL-best plus-37 rating. He had a season-best seven-game point streak, spanning from Oct. 12-26, when he had two goals and 10 assists. In 80 games, the 28-year-old had 18 multipoint games.

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