Stars’ Peverley out with heart issue
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley will miss three weeks after undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.
General manager Jim Nill said on the second day of the team’s three-day training camp in Fort Worth on Friday that the 31-year-old Peverley might miss the first couple of games of the regular season. Dallas faces the Blues in an exhibition game on Sunday. Dallas opens its season against Florida on Oct. 3.
The Stars reported on their website that the issue was discovered during a physical Wednesday, and doctors decided to perform the procedure after more tests Thursday. Peverley can skate in the coming weeks but must avoid contact.
Dallas acquired Peverley, center Tyler Seguin and defenseman Ryan Button in a seven-player deal that sent Loui Eriksson and three prospects to the Bruins.
Blackhawks start at Notre Dame • The Chicago Blackhawks opened training camp in unfamiliar territory, with a pair of NCAA Frozen Four banners hanging overhead instead of Stanley Cup banners and a sign at the other end of the rink reading: “God, country, Notre Dame.”
The Blackhawks are holding training camp in South Bend, Ind., at the Compton Family Ice Arena, which sits on the edge of the Notre Dame campus, just across the parking lot from Notre Dame Stadium.
“When you walk into this place and see the mystique, I think it’s perfect,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane said starting training camp 100 miles from Chicago gave the opening practice a different feel.
“It’s exciting to be here at such a historic place as Notre Dame. To be part of it is fun,” he said.
Quenneville compared it to the first day of school, saying he believes being together away from the city should help bring camaraderie because they are more likely to do things together. On Wednesday, the day before practice began, most of the squad watched the football team practice.
Islanders’ new home will be tight • When the Islanders face the Devils Sept. 21 in a preseason game at the Barclays Center, the official seating capacity will be 15,813, the team announced.
At that rate, when the team moves to Brooklyn to stay in 2014-15, it will be the second-smallest arena in the league. The MTS Centre in Winnipeg has the smallest capacity of any NHL arena at 15,004; Nassau Coliseum, the Isles’ current home which holds 16,178, is next on the list.