The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - January 17th, 2014

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Stamkos is feeling better.

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has taken another step forward in his comeback from a broken right shin by taking part in his first morning skate.

Stamkos practised with his teammates on Thursday as they prepared for a game Thursday night against the New York Islanders. The centre had been skating on his own, or briefly joining the team on the ice at the end of workouts.

A member of Canada’s Olympic team, Stamkos remains confident that he will be able to play with the Lightning and then participate in the Sochi games next month.

The former Leafs CEO takes issue with the fact that Phaneuf wears a Red Bull hat in the lockerrooms.

“For the captain to be wearing that hat — I’m disappointed. You can quote me on that,” said Richard Peddie, who was the top executive at the company that owns the Maple Leafs until his 2012 retirement. “I would look for better from a captain. A captain sets the tone in so many ways, especially in hockey, especially on the Leafs.”

Peddie said Phaneuf should show respect “for the people who pay (him)” by wearing a Maple Leafs cap when he’s speaking for the team. The ex-CEO has long been a stickler about such issues. Once, when then-Raptors guard Alvin Williams appeared in a post-game interview wearing the hat of his hometown Philadelphia Phillies, Peddie intervened. Williams did not repeat the crime.

“A (public relations) guy should — and maybe a PR guy did — say, ‘Hey, take that hat off . . . ’ and give him a Leaf hat,” Peddie said. “Most of the (Leafs) have been very good. They wear Leaf gear. But (Phaneuf’s hat) stands out. Frankly it’s a garish, ugly hat to begin with.”

Roy talks about retiring, Brodeur playing in the NHL is his 40's and how he knew when he was supposed to retire.

On that front, Roy is certain of one thing: There is no way he would still be competing in the NHL into his 40s like Brodeur, who will turn 42 in May.

"It's amazing what he's been doing," Roy said. "I would not see myself at 42 playing in the NHL, to be honest with you. It's quite an accomplishment.

"I took every loss much harder than he does. He has a great way of focusing on what's ahead after a loss. For me, (losing) just got to me. At some point in your career, it's just enough.

"Even if Marty's ready to retire, he's not going to say it because it's the same way I was," said Roy, who hung up his pads at age 37. "I didn't want to say it because sometimes you finish the year and you feel you may have another one left or you know yourself that my tank is not empty."

So, how did Roy know when it was time to call it a career?

Looking for advice, he called Ray Bourque, who had retired two years earlier at age 40.

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