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Peverley retires, joins Stars in player development

Forward Rich Peverley announced his retirement Friday and joined the Dallas Stars' front office as player development coordinator.

"We want to congratulate Rich and his family on his great playing career and look forward to the contributions he'll make in his new role," Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

Peverley had spent the past year attempting to make a comeback after he collapsed on the bench during a game between the Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets on March 10, 2014. He was diagnosed with and had surgery for an irregular heartbeat during the 2013-14 preseason and had a second procedure nine days after he collapsed. The procedure, a cardiac ablation, fixed structural damage in his heart to correct problems with rhythm (arrhythmia).

"It was working out, monitoring how I was doing, continuing to see doctors to exhaust every avenue and find out exactly if I could play," Peverley told the Dallas Morning News. "It's a case that's very complicated, and what I have learned is there is no 100 percent to medicine and, unfortunately, I can't play anymore."

Peverley, 33, spent last season working as a volunteer assistant coach for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League and an eye-in-the-sky helper during Dallas home games. In his new role, he will travel around helping Stars amateur prospects in college and junior leagues.


Green joins Red Wings on ice for first time

Defenseman Mike Green said his new Detroit Red Wings teammates made his first time on the ice with them at Joe Louis Arena on Friday an easy adjustment

"A long time in Washington, but moving forward here I'm extremely excited to be a part of this group, especially with the history, the leadership here, the recipe to win," Green told "Overall, just a great deal of excitement.

Green's locker is next to veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who helped him answer any questions.


No 300K fine for NHL owner who damaged B.C. fish habitat: B.C. Supreme Court

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Prosecutors in British Columbia have failed to persuade a judge to increase a fine against the owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars for damaging fish habitat in the province's Interior.

Tom Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were convicted in provincial court in August 2014 on two counts each of harmful alteration of a fish habitat.

Gaglardi was ordered to pay $ 140,000, but the Crown appealed, asking the B.C. Supreme Court to more than double the fine to $ 300,000 for the man who also owns the WHL's Kamloops Blazers.


Transition to life after hockey is an ‘abrupt reality check’ for NHL players

Daniel Carcillo watched helplessly as his friend and former teammate Steve Montador struggled to adapt to life after hockey. Concussions had left Montador with memory loss so severe that the longtime defenceman carried multiple keys for the same lock.

He tried becoming a radio analyst, but when that didn't pan out, he seemed burdened by an uncertain future.

"He just didn't know what he wanted to do next," Carcillo said. "He was just searching for that. He was searching for a lot of things, as we're all going to do when we move on."

Last winter, Carcillo was in the Chicago Blackhawks players lounge when he got the devastating news. Montador, just 35, was found dead in his Mississauga, Ont., home.


Red Wings’ Franzen pushes to return from concussion

DETROIT -- Johan Franzen is feeling good and pushing himself.

The Detroit Red Wings right wing was limited to 33 games last season because of post-concussion syndrome and other injuries; he last played on Jan. 6. But the 35-year-old has been on the ice working out with teammates during informal skates at Joe Louis Arena for the past few weeks, and he's been trying to ramp up his effort and intensity.

Franzen said he expects to pass his physical and be cleared for training camp, which begins Sept. 17 in Traverse City, Mich.


Devils captain Salvador announces retirement

Defenseman Bryce Salvador, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Salvador missed the final 67 games of last season with the New Jersey Devils with a bulging disc and nerve damage in his lower back. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"In respect to the organization and my teammates, it was the best move," Salvador said in comments tweeted by the Devils. "When I look back at my career and all the different things I had to overcome, I have no regrets. It was great."

Salvador served as Devils captain since 2013.


Bruins’ Marchand had elbow surgery during offseason

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- There were few positives for the Boston Bruins to take out of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for first time in eight seasons.

Forward Brad Marchand took advantage of Boston's extended time off over the summer to have surgery to repair torn tendons in his right elbow that had been bothering him since before the start of the 2014 postseason.

Marchand, who is taking part in informal workouts with teammates here at Ristuccia Arena, said he expects to be at full strength when training camp opens Sept. 17.

Marchand said he was in a cast for six weeks and then in a splint for another three or four weeks. During that time he was limited to running for exercise.

"But I just couldn't do any weights or anything like that for a while. So it was frustrating," he said. "With a long summer like that you want to try to train to get in shape and I was rehabbing for the first couple months. But it's feeling good now. I'm very happy I got it done and hopefully it'll come back stronger than before."


Kings’ Lucic can see himself playing for Canucks

Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic, entering the final year of his contract, said Monday he's always dreamed of playing for his hometown Vancouver Canucks.

"I honestly don't know what's going to happen moving on," Lucic told TSN 1410 Radio in response to a direct question on the topic. "I mean I have one year left on my contract, and there's a possibility that I can hit the [unrestricted free agent] market. ...

"It's obviously something that's been a dream of mine since I've been a kid, is to play in your hometown and play for the Canucks, but right now the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that."

Lucic, who was traded to the Kings by the Boston Bruins on June 26, will make $ 6.5 million this season (with an NHL salary-cap charge to the Kings of $ 3.5 million, according to Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar also is entering his final contract year and seemingly would be a priority for the Kings, who are $ 4.5 million under this season's $ 71.4 million salary cap, according to the website.

Lucic, 27, said that all can wait till later, with his focus on helping Los Angeles return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing out one year after winning it all in 2014.


Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour dies at 82

Al Arbour, who coached the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s, died Friday at the age of 82.

Arbour was being treated for Parkinson's disease and dementia near his home in Sarasota, Fla. His death was confirmed by the Islanders.

"Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League," Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name thanks in large part to Al's incredible efforts. From his innovative coaching methods to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family."


What they’re saying about 1980s Islanders dynasty coach Al Arbour

Al Arbour, who coached the 1980s Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups, died at the age of 82. As hockey world remembered him Friday as one of the best coaches in NHL history, here is some of what was said about Arbour.

Islanders Cup-winning general manager Bill Torrey:

"He treated his team like a family. You have good days, you have bad days. But you're going together as a team, as a group and you don't falter. He really set the tone from Day One. He never took a backwards step, and he certainly didn't expect the team would."

Islanders Hall of Fame defenceman Denis Potvin:

"Al was a tremendous mentor both on and off the ice. My dad, who passed away several years ago, had said, 'If I had to leave you with another dad, Al Arbour is the right guy for you.'"