Those of you that have been longing for the first official sign hockey season is almost here would be the start of training camps around the National Hockey League.
Yesterday was the first day with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings opening camp. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks will do the same later today while the other 27 teams will get started by no later than Friday morning.
Many rookies and prospects have already been participating in tournaments across the United States and Canada, but will still compete with veterans for any available roster spots.
I do wonder if there will be a few pleasant surprises this month of any new players stepping up to the plate and earning a chance to play in the NHL this season. But at whose expense though? Will it be in surplanting a grizzled veteran? We shall see.