Stamkos keeps improving, Devils-Rangers rivalry renewed tonight, a few TV appearances and AHL All-Star jersey auction

Steven Stamkos is improving his already great game by leaps and bounds this year. (Cassie Storring/CM)

Steven Stamkos is improving his already great game by leaps and bounds this year. (Cassie Storring/CM)

As scary as it sounds, Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos thinks he can be even better despite starting off the season with seven goals and 16 points in eight games according to Martin Fennelley of The Tampa Tribune. We know he can put the puck in the net, he’s one of the top offensive players in the game and some believe he can score 50 goals this season despite it being only 48 games long, but is also packing on muscle and working on his overall game to try and become the best player in the world. From Fennelley:

Seven goals in eight games … it still misses the point about Stamkos. He has become so much more than that one-timer, because of what he expects of himself, demands of himself, even at this young age.

“I want to be a complete player,” he said.

“That’s a big part of being a winner in this league. Stats are great, the individual trophies are great, but it’s that big shiny silver thing at the end of the year, that’s what makes you want to be a guy who can be counted on to make that happen, at both ends of the ice.”

So he’s all about face-offs, getting better, and he is. He’s about working on his defense, his back check, getting better, and he is. It’s about getting bigger and stronger, looking nothing like that skinny kid who came into the league in 2008. It’s as if we’re looking at another person.

“It’s a grown man’s league,” Stamkos said.

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Henrik Lundqvist is looking forward to getting the New York Rangers-New Jersey Devils rivalry, one of the fiercest in the NHL, started again tonight as the Blueshirts make their way to Newark. Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times talked with Lundqvist who says he has no added emotion returning to the building where his season ended last year on an overtime goal by Adam Henrique in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.

Lundqvist also talks about his admiration for Devils netminder Martin Brodeur and his style of play which is a big reason he has been able to stay so good for so long.

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Former right wing Owen Nolan has a new TV show which will air on Wild TV in Canada starting in July called Sportsman 360 TV according to The Toronto Star. The former San Jose Sharks captain and 400-goal scorer is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, often tweeting about the subjects on his Twitter account. As Nolan told The Star: 

“I ended up with a lot more free time when I retired, and anybody who knows me knows how much I love the outdoors. I thought it would be fun to put a show together.” …

“I don’t come off as an expert. I do have some knowledge but I think it’s more a way of showing people that you don’t have to be an expert to try different things. That’s where the name comes in — it’s 360. We’re going to try everything. Some things I’ve done before but some things I’m doing for the first time. I want to show people they can get outdoors and try new adventures.”

“It’s more about getting to know myself and the guests . . . you learn the personalities away from the game,” Nolan said. “Joe (Thornton) had never tuna fished before so it was a new experience for him.”

Ten 30-minute episodes have already been shot and three more will be done in the Spring.

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Hall of Fame left wing Luc Robitaille made a cameo appearance on the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother last night. He was featured on Beneath the Tunes, “Canada’s version of Behind the Music,” to discuss Robin Scherbatsky, formerly a Canadian pop star who went by the name of Robin Sparkles before a meltdown during the halftime show at the Grey Cup, and his ritual of listening to her hit “Sandcastles in the Sand” before games.

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Game-used, signed jerseys from the American League All-Star game are up for auction with about three days remaining.

Some of the more popular jerseys so far are Drew Shore (San Antonio Rampage) who had a goal and two points, Gustav Nyquist (Grand Rapids Griffins) who had an assist, Justin Peters (Charlotte Checkers) who stopped 12 of 13 shots faced and Ryan Hamilton (Toronto Marlies) who recorded a hat trick.

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  1. Stamkos is almost scary Tampa Bay is really lucky to have him

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