NHL notebook: Zetterberg expected to be Red Wings' new captain
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 9:10 p.m.
Henrik Zetterberg has learned how to lead from Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom. Now it's his turn.
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to officially name Zetterberg their captain soon, a role the Swedish forward has already assumed during practices this week.
Zetterberg will open up only a little bit about how much he learned from his former captains — Yzerman and Lidstrom — but makes it clear that a “rah-rah” approach isn't suddenly going to become his style when there's a “C” on his red sweater.
“I don't think I'll need to do a lot more than I did before, so it'll be an easy transition,” he said.
• Anze Kopitar skated at the Kings' training complex Monday with a brace on his sprained right knee, reporting no problems in his comeback from the recent injury. The Kings' high-scoring center still is unlikely to play in the defending Stanley Cup champions' banner-raising season opener against Chicago on Saturday, but he might not miss much more time. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was encouraged by Kopitar's post-practice return to the ice just nine days after getting hurt in a collision on the boards while playing for Mora IK in Sweden's top league. Kopitar has been the Kings' leading scorer in each of the past five seasons.
• The Sabres announced Monday that it took them one day to sell more than 31,000 of the remaining 80,000 tickets they had available for their 24 home games. It was apparent at the team's store, where fans stood in line for up to a half hour to take advantage of the Sabres selling all of their merchandise at half price. There was the traffic-jam forming Monday evening in front of the Sabres arena, the First Niagara Center, where fans were preparing to attend practice, which the team opened to the public.
• The Canucks signed veteran defenseman Jim Vandermeer. The 32-year-old Vandermeer has played in 461 NHL games and has 105 points (25 goals, 80 assists) and 664 penalty minutes. Vandermeer had one goal and three assists in 25 games with San Jose last season.
• The Dallas Stars traded defenseman Mark Fistric to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year's draft. Fistric spent five seasons with the Stars, scoring 23 points and accumulating 220 penalty minutes in 257 games. He led Dallas defensemen with 235 hits last season. The 26-year-old Fistric, an Edmonton native, was a first-round pick by the Stars in 2004.
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