NHL Training Camp Tracker: Tuesday, Jan. 15
Keep up with the news from around NHL training camps for Tuesday.
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 so the player movement should happen faster than normal. Keep up with Tuesday's tidbits here.
The St. Louis Blues have extended GM Doug Armstrong’s contract according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The five-year extension is expected to be announced Wednesday. Coming off a season in which the Blues posted 109 points, earning Armstrong NHL general manager of the year honors, this move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Armstrong’s contract was set to expire at the end of June, but his new deal will keep him in St. Louis through the 2017-18 season.
According to Dan Tencer, the NHL has refused to reduce its suspension of Coyotes forward Raffi Torres after the team appealed, citing the shortened season. Torres must sit out the first eight games this season to complete his 21-game ban stemming from his hit on Marian Hossa in last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Danny Briere is still suffering some ill effects from the fractured wrist he sustained while playing in Germany during the lockout, telling Sam Carchidi that he can’t shoot the puck hard enough yet. While he’s making good progress, Briere will not play for the Flyers this weekend.
Martin Brodeur considered playing overseas during the lockout, but was reluctant due to a lack of “great opportunities” and not wanting to take anyone’s job. Brodeur also had a little fun at teammate Ilya Kovalchuk’s expense, telling Tom Gulitti "If I had gotten a good opportunity, I might go [to the KHL], play in that all-star game, come [to training camp] late.”
|The Canucks and David Booth got some bad news on Tuesday when they announced the winger has a strained groin and will be out 4-6 weeks. He joins Ryan Kesler on the injured second-line list for the Canucks in the early going.|
|The Minnesota Wild with some key new faces in camp, have brought in a new face to camp on Tuesday. The Wild signed Nick Palmieri to a one-year, two-way contract.|
|With the third overall pick in last summer's draft, the Canadiens selected Alex Galchenyuk. With a need for some more scoring options, the prevailing wisdom was that Galchenyuk, who won gold with the U.S. Juniors earlier this month, would make the team. Nothing he's doing in camp is changing that belief as he is impressing.|
|The Ottawa Senators have the makings of a logjam in net. Craig Anderson hasn't really been a problem for them at all but he's a little dinged up while Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner are both ready to go after spending time in the AHL. The Sens might be looking at carrying three goaltenders.|
|Ever wonder about the awesomeness that is Teemu Selanne? Or in a more serious way, ever wonder if Selanne might breakdown given his age? Never doubt Teemu. Check this out from Ducks practice via Eric Stephens: "Got real quiet at Anaheim Ice as Teemu Selanne is hit by shot. No. 8 pauses for effect, shakes it off, rushes up ice and scores." Legend.|
|The Blues have a late addition to their training camp as they invited veteran defenseman Colin White to join their camp on a professional tryout basis. White played with the Sharks last season, appearing in 54 games. In his career he has 129 points in 797 games.|
|Dallas made a few moves over the summer, bringing in some fresh faces to try and give the team a charge. How is it going to shake down as far as line combinations go? Well on Tuesday Glen Gulutzan gave it a shot with Loui Eriksson-Derek Roy-Jaromir Jagr. Remember, Jamie Benn isn't in camp yet.|
|The Leafs' big addition over the summer was trading for James van Riemsdyk. Unfortunately, he's already facing injury issues, hobbling off the ice on Tuesday after taking a shot in the foot. Good news for Toronto, though, is that Cody Franson is signed and back on the ice.|
|With training camps so short, it's costly to miss one day, let alone three. But that's the boat that Brad Richards finds himself in as he's again sitting out on Tuesday with the flu. Guess he didn't get his shot.|
|Scary moment for the Capitals on Tuesday morning as forwards Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson collided on the ice. Both players remained down for a bit while Ovechkin briefly went to the locker room. He eventually returned to the bench,|
|One familiar face is back in Detroit camp, and surely they're all glad. Pavel Datsyuk is back in Detroit after spending the lockout in the KHL and staying a few extra days to play in the KHL All-Star Game. Now he can terrorize Jimmy Howard in practice the way he did to KHL goalies.|
|When the Philadelphia Flyers open the season on Saturday it's possible that you could see Brayden Schenn skating on their top line. Schenn, of course, was one of the key players that went to Philadelphia last summer when the team traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. He had 18 points in 54 games last season, but was averaging a point-per-game in the AHL this season during the lockout.|
|With nine players with NHL experience taking part in their training camp the Buffalo Sabres blue line is a pretty crowded place (though, unfortunately for the Sabres quantity doesn't always equal quality).|
|The Pittsburgh Penguins power play had an interesting look on Monday as coach Dan Bylsma was experimenting with James Neal at the point. Given the success Neal had on the power play scoring goals from the top of the circle and in the slot last season that is kind of a surprise.|
|Two of the key pieces the Columbus Blue Jackets received in the Rick Nash trade have been spending some time together on a line in training camp. Coach Todd Richards has been using Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov together in camp. They didn't spend much time together on a line in New York.|
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