If Detroit Red Wings fans are looking for some good news heading into the new season, captain Henrik Zetterberg has some.
The 33-year-old Swede told Ansar Khan of Mlive.com that the back issue that hampered him most of last season is healed and he’s ready to go.
“That part of the back is healed,” Zetterberg said Thursday. “I feel good. 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. It’s nice to come in and feel good and not think about (his back) and just go out and play hockey.”
Zetterberg’s back limited him to 45 games last season and kept him from captaining Team Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
When he played, he was outstanding putting up 48 points with 16 goals in that time. His back kept him out of most of the Red Wings’ playoffs against the Boston Bruins as he played in just two out of the five games.
Safe to say the Red Wings don’t need more injury problems this season after going through so many last season. Zetterberg’s aching back staying healthy will go a long way to helping them out.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
The Syracuse Crunch will be home to the prospects for the Tampa Bay Lightning through the 2016-17 season. All they’ve been able to do there is make Syracuse a perennial playoff team and helped them make the Calder Cup Final back in 2013. (Lightning)
New Toronto Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik wants to help his new team avoid collapsing on itself for the third straight season. That would make for a real “hometown guy does good” story. (Toronto Star)
Craig Anderson is really happy to be back in Ottawa after signing his extension. (Ottawa Sun)
Brian Elliott is ready to give it a go at being the No. 1 guy in St. Louis. He and Jake Allen should have a fair amount of pressure on them this season. (Blues)
Dave Babych won’t be returning to the Vancouver Canucks in his hockey operations role. (The Province)
The WHL is trying out giving the ice a dry scrape before overtime to alleviate potentially bad ice. They’re still working some things out. (Buzzing The Net)
Give it up to the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for becoming community owned. It’s like the Green Bay Packers except with less cheese. (Puck Daddy)
Montreal doesn’t have a captain yet, but Max Pacioretty is eager to help lead the way. (NHL.com)
Finally, were you wondering where Dustin Penner might wind up this season? Well…
Sure, Steven Stamkos is from near Toronto and, yes, he did get busted favoriting a tweet containing a story that spit-balled what it would take to have him go home to play for the Maple Leafs – but he’s just perfectly happy in Tampa playing for the Lightning.
As Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune shared, Stamkos blamed a slip of the finger for his Twitter faux pas that set all of Toronto on its ear this summer.
“You talk about having a pocket dial, that was a pocket favorite of a tweet,” Stamkos said. “…You press the favorite button by accident and an hour later Twitter blew up. But you live and learn and I’ll be more careful on the favorite button the next time around.”
If that’s the only mistake he ever makes on Twitter, we’re glad it came during the summer when we’re all dying for something interesting to talk about.
Stamkos went on to laud the City of Tampa and said it’s an unbelievable place to play. That’ll go over well with the locals and make folks back in Toronto sigh a bit more wistfully.
In 37 games last season, one interrupted by a gruesome broken leg, he had 40 points including 25 goals. Expect more of that and even more Twitter love for the 24-year-old superstar.