Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn hit the ice on Tuesday for just the second time since undergoing offseason surgery on both hips.
Benn underwent one procedure in late April and had a second surgery in early May.
“As you guys saw, I wasn’t doing too much out there,” Benn told the Stars’ website. “I don’t think I mixed a crossover in; I was just working on the edges, feeling out the hips a bit and the groins. But it did feel good to be out there.”
Benn, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer with 87 points in 82 games, played through pain despite not missing any game action.
Following his second surgery, The Dallas Morning News reported that Benn was expected to resume skating in August.
“I think I am ahead of schedule,” Benn said. “We still have a long time to go here before training camp and the season starts, so I am in no rush. I am going to take it day-by-day, nice and slow. I think the main thing is that I don’t want any setbacks. I am definitely happy with my progress.”
Benn doesn’t expect to miss any regular season action.
“I think October 8 (opening night vs. Pittsburgh) is when I will be 100 percent ready to go,” he said.
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.
Tyler Seguin is this year’s NHL representative in ESPN’s The Body Issue. Fun fact: he only has 3.6 percent body fat. (Dallas Morning-News)
All eyes were on Jack Eichel at the opening day of Buffalo’s development camp. (Sabres)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklazs says the Blues will be better off without T.J. Oshie. (Post-Dispatch)
Mikko Rantanen, taken 10th overall by Colorado at the draft, is gunning to be on the Avs’ opening-night roster. (Denver Post)
Mason Marchment, son of longtime NHL enforcer Bryan, is at Calgary’s prospects camp. (Calgary Herald)
After two seasons in the KHL, Alex Burmistrov is excited about rejoining the Jets and playing again in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli continued to bolster his goaltending on Monday, acquiring Anders Nilsson from the Blackhawks in exchange for unsigned prospect Liam Coughlin.
Nilsson, 25, is an interesting entity. Picked 62nd overall by the Isles in 2009, he appeared in 23 games for New York over three seasons before signing with KHL team AK Bars Kazan last summer. A few months later, the Isles traded Nilsson’s rights — he was an RFA upon leaving for Russia — as part of the deal that saw Nick Leddy head to Long Island.
In Russia, Nilsson resurrected his stock by going 20-9-8 with a 1.71 GAA and .936 save percentage. He also played for Team Sweden at the 2015 Worlds, splitting time with Jhonas Enroth.
At 6-foot-5, Nilsson cuts an imposing figure in goal and it’ll be curious to see where he lands on the Edmonton depth chart. Chiarelli went out and acquired Cam Talbot from the Rangers at the draft, and already had Ben Scrivens in the fold. One has to think Scrivens could be in direct competition for the No. 2 gig with Nilsson, assuming Talbot enters the season as the Oilers’ starter.