Six organizations will have new coaches behind the bench and will be seeking very different results. For established coaches like Peter Laviolette and Barry Trotz, the transition may be easier, but rookies Willie Desjardins and Mike Johnston could be interesting to watch.
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen hopes he'll be able to return to the team after blood clots were found in his leg over the summer. In a press conference, he said it will be months before he knows if he'll be able to resume his career.
Rich Peverley has yet to be cleared by doctors to resume skating following heart surgery late last season. He has been cleared to work out and will continue to be monitored according to Stars GM Jim Nill.
Before the season can even begin, the Penguins will be without their two biggest stars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The duo are being held out of the start of training camp for precautionary reasons after suffering minor injuries in preparation for camp.
Red Wings fans will have to wait a while to see top prospect Anthony Mantha in action. The gifted scorer, who was expected to make the NHL roster this year, is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured right tibia.
Teemu Selanne had some strong words about Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau in a new biography in his native Finland. "If we had any other coach, I'd still play," Selanne said according to a translated excerpt.
Ilya Bryzgalov has accepted a professional tryout offer from the Minnesota Wild according to a report. The team was in dire need of some goaltending help after Josh Harding suffered an injury earlier this week.
Josh Harding reportedly suffered a fractured foot in an off-ice incident. The most recent reports indicate he could be out months as opposed to weeks, though the Wild have not put a timeline on his return
John Davidson says the Blue Jackets have made three different offers to restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen and went into great detail as the team continues its public criticism of how things are going.