The latest on Steven Stamkos, Mikko Koivu, Johan Franzen, Bryan Bickell, Brad Stuart, Vladimir Sobotka and more.

Steven Stamkos at least another nine days away from returning to action.

Steven Stamkos at least another nine days away from returning to action.

TBO.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos (broken leg) won’t be playing during the club’s upcoming road trip, as he’ll need at least nine more days before he can suit up to play.

TWINCITIES.COM: It’s possible Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu (ankle injury) could be set to return to action on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.

NBC SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen (concussion) is optimistic about returning on Wednesday.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell feels the Olympic break was just what he needed to regroup and improve his performance.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart (upper body injury) will miss a week. Forward Bracken Kearns was also placed on waivers.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers prepare for the stretch drive with top scorer Mats Zuccarello sidelined three-four weeks while trade rumors swirl around Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (broken kneecap) remains sidelined and has yet to resume skating.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings need to win at least half of their remaining 23 games to clinch a playoff berth.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers Aleksander Barkov (knee) and Tomas Kopecky (head injury) won’t require surgery but remain sidelined by injuries incurred during Olympic play.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Young Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres has been recalled from their AHL affiliate.

DENVER POST: Milan Hejduk has officially announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons, all of them spent with the Colorado Avalanche. He won a Stanley Cup with the club in 2001 and won the Richard Trophy as the league`s leading goalscorer in 2003. He scored 20-or-more goals 12 times and finishes his career with 375 goals and 805 points.

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