The NHL is gearing up. Training camps are underway, and the clock is ticking. Welcome to the 2013-2014 NHL season. In today’s edition of Predlines Morning Skate we will travel to Buffalo, Chicago, Nashville, and check in with NHL.com. Let’s skate.
Yesterday the Nashville Predators opened camp. Today they will take the ice for the first time. Predlines will be there. Check out On The Forecheck for times and teams. If the Predators are on the ice the public is more than welcome to watch. Let’s Go Preds!
The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup Champions. They are also facing the possibility of losing their top two players. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews seem to have no intentions of testing the Free Agent market, but who knows. Blackhawk Up has more.
“From this point forward, the Buffalo Sabres’ reason for existence will be to win the Stanley Cup.” How does Sabres forward Cody Hodgson fit in to this? Well yesterday the Sabres signed Hodgson to a 6 year contract worth roughly $25.5 million with a cap hit of around $4.25 million a year. Check out Sabre Noise for the details, and their thoughts.
You can’t always get what you want. Just ask the St. Louis Blues. Last night talks broke off with Alex Pietrangelo. Reports are that Pietrangelo is seeking around $7 million a year. Why don’t players understand? It cannot always be about getting the most, sometime it needs to be about the team. Pro Hockey Talk
Does less padding equal more goals? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure; net minders will need to adjust to the new pad requirements. The NHL wants scoring to group, and so do most fans. But is this the best way? Time will tell. NHL.com has the story.
The countdown is on. Thanks for reading.