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The best thing about the preseason in the NHL is that there’s no wasting time before playing games.
Camp, happily short to begin with, started for the Nashville Predators with their first on-ice session last Saturday and then two days later they were suiting up for a preseason doubleheader in Florida.
All of which says that teams tend to know fairly quickly which players will make the opening night roster and which won’t and, significantly, where their holes are.
On the surface a moderately-sized, non-physical centre without a lengthy resume of NHL success wouldn’t be a player at the top of the Maple Leafs’ wish list.
And right now,Kyle Turris, unsigned and persona non grata in the Phoenix Coyotes camp isn’t a player Brian Burke is desperately trying to land.
The Toronto Maple Leafs made their first training camp cuts on Wednesday afternoon, dropping their 70 player roster down to 47 with two weeks remaining until the season starts.
Sent to the Marlies were Josh Engel, Will Acton, Brayden Irwin, Dave Cowan, Kyle Neuber, Denny Urban, Kelsey Wilson, Matt Caruana, Tyler Brenner and Jamie Devane.
The first formal discussions regarding realignment for the 2012-13 season were held Tuesday at the NHL Board of Governors meeting. However, the only consensus reached by the time the meeting broke in the early afetrnoon was that a decision on how the League will be realigned for next season needs to be reached by December in order for the scheduling process to begin on time.
The League must adopt some form of realignment because Winnipeg, which will play the upcoming season in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, has been assured of a spot in the Western Conference for the 2012-13 season. Therefore, it’s possible that the Jets’ move could create a ripple effect by forcing more teams to move or the League to blow up the current system and re-draw it for 2012-13.
There was a time when Cory Schneider was, oh, 21 years old, that pondering a seat on the Vancouver Canucks’ bench from which to watch Roberto Luongo play all the meaningful games in goal was probably instructive, constructive, even entertaining.
Now, he’s 25, and the clock is ticking — quickly, it must seem — in career terms; excruciatingly slowly when it comes to the distant expiration date of Luongo’s all-but-lifetime contract extension.