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NHL training camps opened this week and the Buffalo Sabres and their fans are excited about the upcoming season. The team signed several players this off-season, but there is still a glaring weakness at center for this team and the front office should look to address this need before the season begins.
The complex and dangerous game the Los Angeles Kings are playing with Drew Doughty could wind up impacting their franchise for the rest of this decade.
They are, in essence, screwing around with their own future and the pettiness of general manager Dean Lombardi — threatening to penalize Doughty for every day he remains unsigned — borders on the juvenile.
Martin Brodeur opened what could be the final training camp of his NHL career Saturday. The surefire Hall of Fame goaltender, who will turn 40 in May, is in the final year of his contract with the New Jersey Devils and is not currently negotiating a new one.
Brodeur isn’t willing to say this season will be his swan song, instead opting to take a wait-and-see approach.
It’s not about the money for Eugene Melnyk.
The Senators owner has bought into the rebuild, but he told the Ottawa Sun Friday if the club has a chance to make the playoffs in February, he’d be willing to spend if GM Bryan Murray wants to add another piece to the puzzle.
Speaking to the Sun in a wide-ranging interview on the eve of the start of training camp, Melnyk admitted he doesn’t expect the Senators to make the playoffs this season. But if the possibility exists, he’ll do what it takes to help.
History instructs us that Rangers coach John Tortorella rides his horses when he has them. We know, too, the coach will go into the season with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik as a pair of first-line thoroughbreds.
Much of the Rangers’ training camp that commenced yesterday with the on-ice conditioning tests that continue today before pucks enter the equation tomorrow, will be devoted to finding the left wing to ride shotgun with Richards and Gaborik on the first line.