Training Camp Buzz: Hedman 100 percent for Lightning after knee surgery


Welcome to the 2021-22 NHL training camp buzz. With training camps opening for all 32 teams this week, has you covered with all the latest news.


Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman said he feels healthy for the start of Lightning training camp after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee July 13.

“Fresh and ready to go,” the defenseman said Wednesday. “100 percent.”

Hedman said the injury didn’t allow him to play his best during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. He led NHL defensemen with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) while averaging 24:42 of ice time in 23 games to help the Lightning win the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season.

In the 2020 playoffs, he scored 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and averaged 26:28 of ice time in 25 games and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as voted the most valuable player of playoffs.


Florida Panthers

Aaron Ekblad will be a full participant at Panthers training camp.

The defenseman broke his left leg last season during a game against the Dallas Stars on March 28. He had surgery the next day and missed the rest of the season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“I feel great,” he said Wednesday.

Ekblad said he was on the ice 11 weeks following surgery and was skating 2-3 times a week during his rehabilitation.

“I’m happy with all of my progressions to this point and confident that I can reach my same level of play from last season and exceed it,” he said.

At the time of the injury, Ekblad was tied for the lead among NHL defensemen with 11 goals in 35 games.


Edmonton Oilers

Alex Stalock is not expected to play this season because of a heart condition, Oilers general manager Ken Holland said.

The goalie, who was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild on March 1 last season, has not played in the NHL since the 2019-20 season.

Stalock is 61-49-18 with nine shutouts in 151 regular-season NHL games (123 starts) with the Wild and San Jose Sharks.

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