NHL Training Camp Tracker: Monday, Jan. 14
Keep up with the news from around NHL training camps for Monday.
The NHL is back open for business.
Training camps opened up on Sunday and that also meant that GMs were once again free to do what they do, which is sign and trade players. Training camps won't last long at all so the player movement should happen faster than normal. Keep up with Monday's tidbits here.
|Canucks forward David Booth is going to undergo an MRI after tweaking his groin in Monday's practice. Right now they don't know how serious it is but they'll be hoping not serious at all as Booth will be counted on to pick up his production this season.|
|The Flyers have opened camp without Danny Briere able to skate, but GM Paul Holmgren said on Monday that despite a hairline fracture in Briere's wrist, he's not expected to be out for an "extended period of time."|
|The Kings are fortunate as Stanley Cup champions that they have just about everybody coming back for their repeat attempt. But one of the key players, defenseman Willie Mitchell, won't be there, at least for the start of it. Coach Darryl Sutter expects Mitchell to miss almost two months with a knee injury.|
|The Edmonton Oilers, one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL last season, added veteran Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars on Monday afternoon. The Oilers will send a third-round draft pick to Dallas. Fistric has scored three goals in 257 NHL games|
|The Vancouver Canucks added defenseman Jim Vandermeer. He played in 25 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, scoring one goal to go with three assists.|
|How are things going for the Capitals in their first days with new coach Adam Oates? Karl Alzner said pretty well and that the Caps are starting to look like the team of a few years ago again. "It'll be more like the Caps of 3 or 4 years ago than the Caps of the last 1 1/2 years. Probably pretty entertaining game to watch."|
|The Oilers knew they needed to address the blue line, that's why they went so hard after Justin Schultz. So they really don't want to see defensemen getting hurt in camp, but that could be the case for Theo Peckham, who "tweaked" something on Monday.|
|There was some concern in Florida Panthers camp when they took the ice on Monday and top prospect Jonathan Huberdeau didn't join them. The No. 3 overall pick two years ago is expected to make the team and contribute right away. But GM Dale Tallon said there's nothing to worry about, Huberdeau will be able to practice on Tuesday.|
|The New York Islanders announced that they have claimed defenseman Joe Finley off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres. The 6-feet-8, 247 pound defenseman apeared in 5 games for the Sabres last season. He had no points and 12 penalty minutes.|
|Already down Zach Bogosian due to injury, it looks like the Winnipeg Jets will be without Nik Antropov for the season opener as well. The man who scored the first goal for the Jets 2.0 has a day-to-day injury but hasn't been cleared to skate yet.|
|Injuries are already piling up for the Calgary Flames. Roman Cervenka has not been cleared to skate because of medicine he's been taking to treat a blood clot. Anton Babchuk isn't playing yet either as he deals with a shoulder injury that might keep him out three weeks and Jarome Iginla? Well rest easy there, Flames fans. He just sat out the first practice for precautionary reasons with a tight groin.|
|The Rangers are going to move their leading goal scorer to the opposite wing. Marian Gaborik, who had 41 goals last season for the Blueshirts, is transitioning from his usual spot on the right wing to the left side, and it's not necessarily to make room for Rick Nash. Gaborik right now is expected to play on the second line with Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan.|
|A happy Matt Duchene is hopefully a productive Matt Duchene for the Avalanche. The young forward who suffered through a step-back season last year for Colorado, has himself some new linemates in Gabriel Landeskog and P.A. Parenteau. Duchene's goal is to make sure he doesn't lose his new lineys.|
|The Chicago Blackhawks are still trying to find a solution for their second-line center position, something they haven't been able to address in recent years. Considering options are limited, Dave Bolland is going to get a crack at keeping the top-6 spot. Normally a third-liner, Bolland is being tasked with centering the Patricks (Sharp and Kane) and he feels he's ready for it.|
|The St. Louis Blues opened up camp on Sunday and they also opened up the first day of camp to the fans who showed up in force. Around 5,500 fans were on hand to watch the team practice. Again, just to watch the Blues practice. It was a common scene across the NHL on Sunday, begging the question: What lockout?|
|Any concerns about 42-year-old Teemu Selanne not being in game shape because of the lockout (if anybody even dared to doubt the great Teemu) should be gone. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is already marvelling at Selanne's fitness, calling him the best athlete in the world.|
|Rangers coach John Tortorella wasn't Marian Gaborik's biggest fan a couple of years ago but now the tough-minded coach has nothing but good things to say about one of his star wingers. "He's always on the ice. I remember the first year, it was like pulling teeth to get him on the ice at certain times to practice. And he has grown mentally."|
|One major disadvantage for new coaches in the lockout is they don't have a lot of time to make the impressions they want to make. While Randy Carlyle isn't completely new in Toronto, this is his first camp and he's trying to do a lot in a short amound of time with the Maple Leafs, starting on the defensive end.|
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