The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - November 18th, 2013

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Nilan released a book.

Chris (Knuckles) Nilan makes no bones about having been an NHL enforcer.

The former Montreal Canadiens tough guy, who ended up showing he could play a little hockey as well as drop the gloves, makes that clear in the plain-worded autobiography Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story, that was released Nov. 5

Other ex-enforcers may be wracked with self-doubt, but Nilan has no regrets about the 222 times he fought in a 13-year NHL career from 1980 to 1992. Or the other times, mostly undocumented, he fought away from the rink.

Stamkos wants to try to make Team Canada.

Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said Monday that Stamkos will be named him to Canada’s 25-man roster in the hopes he’ll recover in time. If his leg doesn’t heal in time, Canada can replace Stamkos as late as 24 hours before the Games commence.

Roberts will start working with Stamkos after his surgery.

“There is no doubt his conditioning will help him rehab faster,” Roberts told HC @ Noon Tuesday (watch above). “If there’s a way Steve Stamkos can do it, he’s going to try and do it.”

The goal will be to stretch and work on surrounding muscles to prevent atrophy in his right leg, but of course the main concern is Stamkos’s long-term health and not a three-month, five-ring deadline.

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