Stamkos, who suffered a torn meniscus last season, has begun skating with teammates ahead of training camp and is eyeing a bounce back season for Tampa Bay.
“When you’ve been through the tough stretch that I’ve been through in the last four or five years, it’s tough to know what 100 percent is,” Stamkos said in an interview with Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
“I don’t think I will know, but like I said it’s the best its felt since the surgery, way better than where I ended the season off before the season ended when I was on the ice with the guys.
“It’s just been getting better and better every day and I can see it continually doing so. It’s just exciting. I haven’t looked this forward to a training camp in a long time. I feel like I’ve put in the work and am seeing the results.”
Stamkos is also confident that he can return to form.
“My expectations are that I’m going to get back to that player,” Stamkos proclaimed.
“Hopefully it’s right away. That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes.”
Penguins Sign Oula Palve
Palve’s new deal is for the league minimum $700K and includes a $92.5K signing bonuses. There are also games-played incentives that could total $132.5K.
Palve is coming off a solid season withTPS Turku in the Finnish sm-Liiga , leading the team with 16 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.
Caps’ T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs
The Washington Capitals will be without winger T.J. Oshie for whjat appears to be the entire postseason, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.
Oshie’s injury is being termed as an upper-body issue by the team, but Oshie was seen in a sling following a hit from Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele.
Despite the hit, the Department of Player Safety opted not to hand anything down in terms of discipline on Foegele.
Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman
Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.
Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.
Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
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