News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - June 19th, 2013

Dustin Bradford

Gregory Campbell speaks to the media for the first time since surgery - and downplays his toughness.

Campbell, who is on crutches after surgery June 10 to repair a broken right fibula, downplayed all of that when he met the media Tuesday at TD Garden. Asked about the legendary Bobby Baun, he said there was no comparison.

"I don't put myself in his category," Campbell said.

Baun scored the overtime winner for Toronto in Game 6 of the 1964 Stanley Cup final against Detroit despite breaking his foot midway through the third period after being hit by a Gordie Howe shot.

"I respect fully that feat of his," Campbell said. "And mine was nowhere near that. But it just goes to show you how tough you have to be to play in this league. There's 700, 800 players that are tough like that and play through things every day."

The Bruins and Blackhawks are a popular series.

The Stanley Cup finals’ Game 3 drew the most viewers for the NHL on NBC Sports Network since the cable channel started televising the league in 2006.

Gretzky thinks there will be another NHL team in Quebec.

The Great One firmly believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.

The Quebec capital has been without an NHL franchise since the Nordiques left in 1995. But hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said Tuesday his gut feeling is that Quebec City will again have its own pro hockey franchise.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before Quebec City is going to get a franchise,” Gretzky told reporters at the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament. “Listen, I think we all agree it’s a good city and it can support an NHL team, especially now with the salary cap rules and the parity we have in the game of hockey.

“When that’s going to be, it’s anybody’s guess but when they do come back in, it’s going to be a strong, solid franchise just like Winnipeg is now and it will be as successful as they are.”

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