Posted October 7, 2008
Hey everybody. We're getting down to the short strokes. Opening night is closing in so my thoughts are kind of all over the map today, I thought I would jot a few down.
I think this is were I started to become unglued. The NHL just staged it's "premiere" weekend with regular season games in Stockholm and Prague. The NHL pre-season still in play on the very same days. I think I've got it. The weekend concludes and we had an exhibition display in South Florida last night and tonight a split squad game between the Flyers and the AHL Phantom counterparts. Forty eight hours from now the North American "opening night" will be staged. But it won't be a premiere. Opening night rosters are due tomorrow, yet the season has started or has it ? Friday night , it starts for real for us, ah that's all we need to worry about, right ?
At the beginning of camp we discussed how the Canes would handle the loss of Justin Williams. It was noted that the Canes would be patient and look internally to see first what they had in the stable. Now ,the team is faced with not only Williams' absence but Scott Walker for at least 6 weeks. Patrick Eaves, will jump in the top six mix so that answers one question. The training camp injury to Tuomo Ruutu (he should be a "go" for Friday) and the fact that as of now the Canes are carrying 12 forwards with the exception of injured first round pick Zach Boychuk, could bring about a move and soon. The Canes are now probably canvassing the waiver wire or pursuing a possible trade looking to secure another forward. Albeit a healthy lot now, seven of the twelve had some type of medical pre-season concern, a reinforcement could bode well. Stay tuned.
Alumni update. Nervous times for Kevyn Adams and Bret Hedican. The former is on a try-out with Chicago. According to reports he has played well but still no contract. The Hawks need to "clear the deck" in terms of cap room to bring the energetic center on board. Nic Khabibulin's status is the big issue. Should the Russian goalie flee the country for the KHL and play in his native land that could be the answer for Adams. But Hawks GM Dale Tallon might have to foot the bill, at least half the bill, and place the net minder on re-entry waivers so a team like LA will step up. For Hedican, he has been working out in Northern California still seeking employment. Today, the Sharks placed Kyle McLaren on waivers. If he is moved out look for old number six to be a Shark. If not, teams like Tampa Bay have shown considerable interest.
In the where there is smoke there is fire department. There is a great deal of talk about European expansion. It's been downplayed by the "Commish" and others but it's a very realistic possibility. Eight teams could partake in the premiere weekend next season, (hopefully not during the pre-season for the sake of confusing yours truly) continuing to pave the way for the future. It's not right around the corner, but me thinks not as far away as others suggest.
Let play for real, see ya !