NHL notebook: Lightning's Stamkos skates in full gear
By Wire Reports
Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, 10:39 p.m.
• Lightning forward Steven Stamkos skated in full gear Thursday for the first time since he broke his leg during a game against the Bruins on Nov. 11. There still is no timetable for the star 23-year-old to return to game action. His status for Team Canada's Olympic roster likely will depend on his health. Stamkos was tied for the NHL lead in goals and points before the injury.
• The Blue Jackets have activated forward Nathan Horton, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and defenseman Dalton Prout off the injured list. Horton, a prized offseason free-agent signing, underwent shoulder surgery last summer. He has missed the first 40 games this season. Bobrovsky, winner of last year's Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender, has been out since Dec. 3 with a strained groin. Prout has missed the last six games with an upper body injury.
• U.S. officials said Homeland Security agents seized about 6,100 pieces of counterfeit hockey merchandise and other sportswear valued at more than $723,000 during a three-month initiative leading up to NHL Winter Classic events. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that jerseys, hats, T-shirts and other items worth more than $32,500 were seized in the Detroit area.
• Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul's hit on Detroit's Patrick Eaves during the Winter Classic on Wednesday has earned him a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday. Lupul was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking after the hit against Eaves in the first period. Eaves did not return to the game.
• The Predators have signed their second draft selection of 2013, defenseman Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, to a three-year, entry-level deal. The Predators announced the deal Thursday. Diaby was the 64th selection overall. The 19-year-old is a native of Blainville, Quebec.
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