Notables relieved from camp include Julian Vauclair, Alexandre Giroux, Jason Maleyko, Layne Ulmer and Antoine Vermette. Vauclair was sent back to Europe while the others will most likely be playing in the CHL this year. Giroux has a shot with Grand Rapids.
John Gruden suffered a bruised tailbone but is expected to continue training camp. John has been fingered as a possibility on this years blue line. In last year’s camp Gruden was also injured. Chris Phillips suffered a minor groin pull and most likely will wait out the exhibition games.
After looking timid in the rookie camp Martin Havlat has bloomed into a budding star. This weekend against the Oilers Havlat had a spin-a-rama and a goal scorer’s missile. At this point Havlat will make the regular season roster and depending on how he performs in the first 10 games has an outside chance to stay with the big team. You should expect Havlat to be playing somewhere in the CHL this season.
In the first exhibition game of the season Chris Neil found himself on line with Alexi Yashin and dropped the gloves with Florida heavyweight Paul Laus. The former Centennial has turned more then a few heads in camp. For a team looking to add toughness Neil is just sort of player needed. Probably a mid-season call up with an outside chance of catching on. Next year is his year
Shane Hnidy was brought over from Red Wings organization thanks to a late round trade on draft day. Thusfar Hnidy is looking very solid in all intra-squad and exhibition games and is probably the teams 8th defenseman.
Hnidy’s competition comes from Karel Rachunek. The Sens typically try to make as few changes as possible on the bluelin and by all accounts it’s Rachunek’s turn to be the new face. A solid camp will reward him with the 7th spot.
It’s appears Chris Phillips has refined his game and added an extra step. While Patrick Lalime has alos looked very strong very early.
Here’s some insider information. Take Hossa in your pool this year! It will be the young Slovak’s breakout season and 40 goals are not out of the question. He’s been amazing in camp.
You can bet Andy Deckle whose practicing with the OHL 67’s, will be signed and back on Alexi Yashin’s wing by the first regular season game.
A Florida Panthers charter, which was to take the team from their training camp in Hull, to a neutral site game with Ottawa at the Halifax Metro Centre, slid off a runway at Macdonald Cartier International Airport Friday. No one was hurt and the team was able to make it out east in time.