NHL notebook: Parise named U.S. Olympic captain

Zach Parise of the U.S. celebrates after scoring a goal against Canada at the Vancouver Olympics in...

Zach Parise of the U.S. celebrates after scoring a goal against Canada at the Vancouver Olympics in this file photo from February 28, 2010. (REUTERS/Scott Audette/Files)

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Reuters

, Last Updated: 9:37 PM ET

Minnesota Wild sniper Zach Parise will don the 'C' for the Americans in Sochi next month, USA Hockey announced.

The 29-year-old was an alternate captain at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. He scored the game-tying goal to send the gold medal game versus Canada into overtime.

"It was a pretty special feeling when I was informed that I was going to be wearing the 'C,'" Parise said in Calgary on Friday. "There's a handful of guys that are very capable of doing that and I know that in a tournament like that, you need a lot of great players with great leadership, and we've got that. Whether I have the 'C' or not, of course it's special and it's a cool thing, but I know that it's done by committee."

Interestingly, Parise is not even the captain of his NHL team. Finnish teammate Mikko Koivu holds that honour.

"We think we're a team that has a blue-collar mentality," U.S. coach Dan Bylsma told reporters. "Zach embodies that. Zach is that as a player, he is that as a person."

Joining Parise in Sochi as Olympic returnees are Ryan Suter, his teammate in Minnesota, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan.

Jagr continues to wow teammates

Jaromir Jagr isn't your typical superstar. But you already knew that.

However, did you know that the veteran New Jersey Devils forward continues to work even when lounging in a hot tub?

As a member of the Dallas Stars last season, Jagr was known for his tireless work ethic. Especially away from the ice.

"Jags actually would bring his hockey stick in the (large hot tub at the Stars practice facility) to work on his grip strength," Stars forward Ryan Garbutt told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "He'd be in there making waves with his stick. And I saw him doing it a few times. He'd keep a stick in there."

Most people sit in a hot tub for relaxation, to loosen up. Not Jagr, apparently, who at 41 is still a productive NHLer with 16 goals and 46 points through 55 games prior to Friday's tilt in Nashville. His dedication to the sport has become legendary since returning to the league in 2011 after a brief stint in the KHL.

"He probably has some of the best work habits I've seen along with Zdeno Chara," said one of Jagr's ex-teammates, Rich Peverley, who is now with the Stars.

Stewart, Callahan in play: Report

Both Chris Stewart and Ryan Callahan are rumoured to be on the move.

The New York Rangers, according to TSN, are "gathering intel" on Stewart, a St. Louis Blues power forward with 25 points and 103 penalty minutes in 52 games this year.

Meanwhile, New York's captain and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, Callahan, is in discussions with at least one team, TSN said. Recent reports from the New York Post have suggested the club and Callahan's camp are not seeing eye-to-eye in contract renewal negotiations.

'We're barely above average, if average': Doan

To put it lightly, Shane Doan is not impressed with his team's play of late.

The Phoenix Coyotes captain, who has 31 points in 41 games this season, vented to reporters Thursday following a 3-2 loss to the last-place Buffalo Sabres.

"We're barely above average right now, if average," Doan said of the 25-19-10 Coyotes. "It's not acceptable, not even close."

Buffalo stormed back after falling behind 2-1. It was Phoenix's fourth loss in its last six games.

For Doan, to allow a win to slip away like that is "embarrassing."

BRIEFLY: Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to the Orange County Register ... Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson has been sidelined by an upper-body injury and it's unlikely he will return prior to the conclusion of the Olympics, according to the Buffalo News ... Both Tampa Bay Lightning goalies -- starter Ben Bishop and backup Anders Lindback -- were injured in Thursday's game versus the Ottawa Senators. Lindback (lower-body) is expected to be out until after the Olympic break, while Bishop (head) has been labeled questionable for Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.


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