Colorado Avalanche winger Steve Downie is 100 percent healthy after recovering from knee surgery, yet he told the Denver Post that he isn't 100 percent ready for full-speed competition.
"The way I look at it this camp is, I haven't played a game in two years," Downie said. "I just have to get the legs going. I'm going to take it relatively slow, because I still have almost a month to get ready.
San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson reiterated the team's position regarding Martin Havlat's rehab on Wednesday, telling CSNBayArea.com that the injury-prone winger won't be ready for the team's season opener. That being said, Wilson did say he expects Havlat to play sometime in 2013-14.
“Our goal is to get this player back 100 percent on top of his game," Wilson said.
Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman confirmed to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Lazerus on Wednesday that both Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus have been cleared to participate in training camp.
Bickell, 27, is recovering from a fairly gruesome thumb injury while Handzus, 36, underwent surgeries on a torn ACL and broken wrist this summer.
Both forwards were integral parts of Chicago's impressive run to a second recent championship.
Being the top pick of an NHL draft cannot be easy. That's especially true for Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, who went first in 2006 ahead of the likes of Jonathan Toews, Phil Kessel and Nicklas Backstrom.
Really, there's nothing the 25-year-old blueliner can do about how well those players are performing. Instead, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told the Denver Post…
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Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson's Achilles tendon isn't what it used to be, but he doesn't think it will be an issue going forward. (Ottawa Citizen)
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien's weight has never been a concern as far as team captain Andrew Ladd is concerned.
The even demeanour of Dan Hamhuis matches his play — strong, steady and no panic.
It's not surprising that there wasn't a hint of angst when the Vancouver Canucks defenceman was asked what he expects Thursday when John Tortorella starts cracking the motivational training-camp whip at UBC.
"All the players are excited about what John is going to bring to the team," said Hamhuis.
The Dallas Stars are without one of their key offseason acquisitions to start training camp.
Rich Peverley, acquired in the seven-player blockbuster with Boston in early July, has been held out of the start of camp after a 'blip' on his EKG during physical testing, according to Stars Inside Edge.
EKG (short for electrocardiography) is the measure of the heart's electrical activity -- the one where they attach electrodes to the surface of the skin and measure rates with an external device.