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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.
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.
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Tuesday he won’t trade the rights to restricted free-agent defenseman Drew Doughty even though they’ve been unable to agree on a new contract.
“There’s no way,” Lombardi said when asked about trading Doughty to break the stalemate.
With physicals done and training camp underway, the focus everywhere this week turns to the ice with the NHL’s exhibition season starting. Well, almost everywhere.
Each day the Drew Doughty contract situation remains unresolved, it becomes a bigger problem for the Los Angeles Kings and overshadows the rebuilt roster headlined by the additions of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.
What’s not getting ahead of the situation is the Rangers’ active search to add to their defense corps by bringing in a veteran. Tortorella said for the second straight day the team was always looking to improve itself and, when asked today, said it’s not too late to bring in a veteran on a tryout. Ex-Rangers Bryan McCabe and Paul Mara are looking for jobs but those two are not likely to be names that excite Tortorella. The Rangers could wait until a little closer to the regular season to wait and see which veterans are in danger of losing their jobs with their current team.
Several teams have made inquiries for Bryan Mccabe including #Isles #Blues #Canucks. He continues to leave all his options open
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.
The health of defenceman Andrei Markov is the No. 1 concern as the Canadiens gather at their training facility in Brossard on Friday for the start of their main training camp.
Physicals and fitness testing are on the schedule for Day One and a setback in his rehabilitation from knee surgery will limit Markov’s participation when the players hit the ice Sunday.
Defenseman Drew Doughty was not expected to report to the Kings’ El Segundo training facility Friday for the first day of training camp, clouding the start of the season for a team that had finally assembled the scoring power, depth and maturity to contend for the Stanley Cup.
Doughty, a restricted free agent, was home in Canada late Thursday while his agent, Don Meehan, and the Kings remained at odds over a new contract. Meehan said he had received communication from the Kings on Wednesday and replied Thursday after talking to Doughty.
Sergei Samsonov , who played for the Detroit Vipers, has been skating with the Red Wings during the conditioning period.
An unsigned unrestricted free agent, Samsonov lives in Oakland Township and is considering several professional tryouts.
Nothing, though, is definite.
With Marchand being signed and Savard confirming that he’ll miss the upcoming season due to injury, the Bruins roster has fully taken shape for the upcoming season.
New York Islanders forward John Tavares and Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers are both on the verge of multi-year contract extensions with their respective teams.
While the deals have not yet been finalized, they are both believed to be in six-year range and worth an annual average of roughly $5.5 million.
Both Tavares and Myers have one year left remaining on their entry-level deals signed in 2009.
The 37-year-old former captain said today he’s just “enjoying skating with the guys” and hasn’t settled on plans for next season.
Yashin has been working out at IceWorks with nearly the entire Islanders veteran roster for the past few weeks and did so again today after attending last night’s rookie game at the Coliseum, where he sat for two periods with owner Charles Wang and GM Garth Snow.
The NHL has training camps starting soon and a number of teams have made some great additions during the off-season. The LA Kings are one of those teams, but they’re having trouble signing Drew Doughty, one of the teams best young players and perhaps the top defenseman on the roster.
The LA Kings don’t need distractions heading into the regular season and making a deal might be the teams best move if some headway doesn’t happen soon with contract talks. The latest trade rumor as reported on Bleacher Report has the Kings making a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.