Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Skate. As the preseason nears teams are getting ready to lace up their skates. Keeping with the spirit of that; Lets skate.
Nashville Predators: The Predators have released their Training Camp Schedule. This year Predlines has been invited to attend camp. Nashville will not be skating solely in “Music” city this year. -Germain Arena in Naples, Fla., on Sept. 17-18, United States Naval Academy on Sept. 26-27, Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 21 will be held at Centennial Sportsplex, Sept. 22-25 and Sept. 29-30 coming at Bridgestone Arena. I love the idea of a traveling training camp. It should help get players used to different ice. Once the season starts there will be Blue and Gold flashing all over the country, why not start now.
Philadelphia Flyers: I thought that the “new” NHL was supposed to be money smart. But, the Flyers are thinking about bringing Simon Gagne to camp this year. I understand that this doesn’t mean he will dawn the Flyers crest come the regular season, but when will the Flyers learn. Gagne has had some injury problem, but he has been a fan favorite. If the Flyers and Gagne come to an agreement what player gets the ax? Pro Hockey Talk
Vancouver Canucks: Let the games began. EA sports has given the out the player rating for this year’s edition of the NHL series. It’s too bad that this really means nothing in the real world. But, for gamers this is like Christmas in September. The Canucks only had two players break the 88 mark. I hope that this translates to losses; it would pave the way for a Predators Playoff birth.
Montreal Canadiens: Oh- Canada Carey Price is good to go. Knee injuries and goaltenders always make me cringe. If the Canadiens want to take the next step and advance in the Playoffs they need Price to have two good knees. It’s a long hard season, and if Price is anything less than 100% Montreal may free fall in the East. NHL.com
Garry Bettman: Despite work stoppages, and player safety problems the NHL has continued to grow, and so has Bettman’s salary. It has been reported that Bettman is making over $8 million a year. Maybe the NHL Front Offices need a salary cap too. Pro Hockey Talk
Thanks for skating with us. Hopefully we will see you back tomorrow for another edition of Predlines Morning Skate.