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Third-year center Derek Stepan was full of smiles both on the ice and off it Monday as he returned to work with his teammates in an informal workout leading into training camp later this week.

After the skate, Stepan sat down with Jim Cerny from BlueshirtsUnited.com for this one-on-one interview in which the Minnesota native discussed his appreciation of the fans, his excitement that hockey is back, his commitment to get physically bigger and stronger heading into this season, and what the challenges for 2013 wil be.

See what Derek Stepan had to say on Monday, then share your thoughts below.

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