-How has new goaltending coach Mike Bales helped Marc-Andre Fleury (above)?
-What changes for Jeff Zatkoff with Tomas Vokoun's potential return?
-“I never took a shot at Dan and I never would. I said we were passive as a team, not playing a passive system. We seemed slow as a group that particular game [against Finland]. Dan did a great job coaching us and preparing us for all of the games, along with the other coaches. They put in a lot of work. He let us play and demanded us to work. He was always detailed in his approach and his meetings, and we were more than prepared from a scouting standpoint for each game.” - United States captain/forward Zach Parise dismissing a suggestion he was critical of head coach Dan Bylsma.
-Brian Gibbons speaks:
-Simon Despres speaks:
-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Cam Newton. An eighth-round pick in 1970, Newton spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1970-71, he appeared in five games and had a 1-3-1 record along with a 3.42 GAA. After spending all of 1971-72 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Newton returned in 1972-73 by playing in 11 games and going 3-4-0 with a 3.94 GAA. During the 1973 offseason, he joined the Chicago Cougars of the WHA as a free agent. In 16 games with the Penguins, Newton had a 4-7-1 record with a 3.76 goals against average.
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-The Islanders recalled forwards Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Mike Halmo from Bridgeport of the AHL.
-The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Dalton Prout from Springfield of the AHL.
-The Devils recalled defenseman Eric Gelinas (right) from Albany of the AHL.
-The Bruins recalled forward Matt Lindblad and goaltender Niklas Svedberg from Providence of the AHL.
-The Panthers recalled forward Drew Shore from San Antonio of the AHL and assigned defenseman Mike Mottau to San Antonio.
-Former Avalanche captain/forward Milan Hejduk officially retired. A 1994 draft pick by the Quebec Nordiques, Hejduk, 38, appeared in 1,020 career games and scored 805 points. He was a member of Colorado's 2001 Stanley Cup championship team.
-Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford tweeted a photo of the mask he will wear for Saturday's outdoor game against the Penguins:
Check out a preview of my Stadium Series helmet by Stephane Bergeron pic.twitter.com/r1tLMd7mFM— Corey Crawford (@crow_50) February 23, 2014
-Crawford's backup, Antti Raanta will sport a mask which is a replica of the lid worn by former Blackhawks all-star Ed Belfour:
-The Wild recalled forward Erik Haula and defenseman Steven Kampfer from Iowa of the AHL.
-With forward Nick Spaling dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Predators recalled forward Simon Moser from Milwaukee of the AHL.
-The Blues recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago of the AHL.
-Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart (right) is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.
-Canucks forward Ryan Kesler is considered day to day due to a hand injury suffered while playing for the United States in the Olympics.
-The Canucks recalled forward Kellan Lain from Utica of the AHL.
-The Kings recalled goaltender Martin Jones from Manchester of the AHL and assigned goaltender J.F. Berube to Manchester.
-The Flames recalled forward Markus Granlund from Abbotsford of the AHL.
-The Coyotes recalled forward Brandon McMillan and assigned defenseman Brandon Gormley to Portland of the AHL.
-“To me, it was probably the best Olympics I’ve been in. The whole organization and everything was the best. The facilities and the arenas, everything was brand new. They spent a lot of money, but they did a good job to keep us safe and keep it exciting and very comfortable for the sportsmen and even the families. I think the families had a good time. It was good weather. Everything was just awesome.” - Czech Republic forward Jaromir Jagr.
-Oscar Dansk made 22 saves for the Erie Otters in a 3-2 defeat of the Sudbury Wolves.
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