We are now just days away from the start of the Traverse City Tournament, where a fresh batch of prospects will try to defend the title from two years ago. Shortly after that the whirlwind of training camp begins, guys actually play hockey games (even though they don’t matter), spots are earned, and in just over a month’s time, regular season action occurs.
It seems like just yesterday we were mourning the loss of the regular season – and the playoffs seem like so long ago already.
The coaching staff is coming together for Ron Rolston. He finalized his staff with the addition of Jerry Folton. Folton joins the only incumbent coach Teppo Numminen and former Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco behind the bench with rookie coach Rolston. [Sports Media 101].
The Buffalo Sabres placed 71st out of 122 teams in an ESPN list that ranks professional sports jerseys. That is a drop of 17 spots from the last time this ranking game out. Will the gold jersey that is set to be revealed in completion any day now help or hurt that ranking? [ESPN].
Goalie pads are getting smaller - and most are ok with the change, as long as it doesn’t mean they are allowed to stay protected – from the game as well as the coaches. I love the reaction of Giguere to the new pads – coaches asked for it – now don’t persecute me for giving them up. [NBC Sports].
There are always a couple of teams that tank from year to year – who are the NHL teams that are doomed to fail this season? [Bleacher Report].