Older NHLers stuck in limbo with lockout on the horizon

With a lockout looming, the list of NHL elders without contracts for next season remains a lengthy one. Notables include Mike Knuble, Brian Rolston, Tomas Holmstrom, John Madden, Jaroslav Spacek, Andrew Brunette, Jason Arnott and Brendon Morrison.

Not to suggest all those players would be signed if there were no labor strife, but according to Morrison, the uncertainty isn’t helping.

“We’ve talked to a couple of teams but it’s been real slow and with guys who are considered older, teams want to see what’s going to happen with the CBA before much action is going to take place,” Morrison, 37, told The Vancouver Province.

If there’s a bright side for all the unsigned veterans, a shortened season theoretically means less wear and tear on old bodies. In fact, an agent could make the case to a Stanley Cup contender that a lockout actually makes signing players in the twilight of their careers a less risky proposition.

The Kings had to play 102 games, regular season and playoffs combined, on the way to the Cup. For players in their late 30s, that’s a lot.

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    After ‘a tough recovery and a long road,’ Tyler Myers is feeling healthy again

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    The 2016-17 season wasn’t an easy one for Jets defenseman Tyler Myers.

    The 27-year-old was limited to just 11 games because of a nagging groin injury that just didn’t want to go away. It was the first time in his NHL career that he was forced to sit out that long.

    The good news, is that he appears to be fully healthy heading into this season.

    “It was a tough recovery and a long road, but we got through it. I’m feeling good now and it’s exciting for me to be back on the ice with the guys,” said Myers, per the Winnipeg Sun. “You just have to put last year behind you and I don’t feel like it’s going to take too long to get back into the swing of things.”

    On top of going through his own physical ailments, the Myers family was dealt another blow when their son, Tristan, was born five weeks prematurely and suffered a stroke.

    Thankfully, Tristan’s now doing well, according to his father, and things are looking up for the entire family.

    “There were so many things going on last year. I was getting treatment and then the personal stuff came up. It was a very strange year, but it was never in my mind that I wasn’t going to get back. I always knew I’d get back to this point. It just took a little bit longer, given what was going on.”

    The Jets didn’t make the playoffs last season, but they have one of the deepest blue lines in the league heading into this season.

    Myers is part of a group that includes Dustin Byfulgien, Toby Enstrom, Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey and Dmitry Kulikov, who signed with Winnipeg in free agency.

    If the Jets miss the postseason again, it won’t be because of their blue line.

    Getting back to Myers, it sounds like he’ll be making his preseason debut tonight against the Oilers:

    A hand injury will force Alex Steen to miss the rest of training camp

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    Here’s some more bad news if you’re a fan of the St. Louis Blues.

    On Wednesday morning, the team announced that veteran forward Alex Steen will miss the rest of training camp because of a left hand injury.

    The 33-year-old suffered the injury during last night’s 5-3 preseason loss to the Dallas Stars. Steen will be re-evaluated in three weeks time, according to the release sent out by the team.

    The veteran forward has been hit hard by injuries throughout his career. He hasn’t played more than 80 games since the 2008-09 season. Last year, he missed only six games, but he’s been out for 43 contests over the last four seasons.

    The Blues open the season in Pittsburgh on Oct. 4.

    It’s been a rough training camp for the Blues so far, as they’ve already lost forward Zach Sanford (shoulder surgery) for 5-6 months and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (fractured ankle) is also expected to be re-evaluated in three weeks.

    Video: Patrick Marleau scored a beauty in his Leafs debut

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    It didn’t take Patrick Marleau long to score a goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yea, it’s the preseason, but it’s still nice to see him adapt to his new surroundings.

    Going into Tuesday’s game, the veteran admitted that a new beginning in a new city was exciting, but he didn’t seem stressed by it.

    “I wouldn’t say nervous, but definitely some excitement,” Marleau told TSN.ca before the game.

    “There’s that energy of something new … you’re not sure how everything’s going to go so you try to stay within yourself.”

    He did a pretty good job staying within himself.

    With the Leafs trailing 1-0 in the first period of their game against the Ottawa Senators, Marleau entered the Sens zone on the right side and roofed a wrist shot past Mike Condon.

     

    “He scored a goal,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said, per Sportsnet. “He made a real nice play – he backchecked all the way, he slowed the guy down, he gave our D time, he pushed the pace, he wired it under the bar – I mean Patty was fine.”

    Hockey world supports Brian Boyle in his battle against cancer

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    On Tuesday, Brian Boyle announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

    As scary as the news must have been for him to hear, Boyle showed the hockey world that he’s going to have a positive outlook on this situation.

    “I feel very fortunate and very blessed,” Boyle said, per NHL.com. “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of prayers, and if there’s anything I can ask it’s that that continues. That is something that I’ve seen firsthand heal cancers and heal situations that are said to be untreatable. For us, we’re in a good spot. We think we have a good plan of attack here and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing.

    Immediately, players, teams and fans began sending him messages of support. It’s incredible to see what the hockey community can do when it comes together.

    Boyle has already stated that he plans on being in the Devils lineup on opening night.