The Traverse City Prospects Tournament is well underway, giving the Dallas Stars’ prospects a head start on the hockey season. But the veterans won’t be far behind — training camp starts this Friday, and Dallas head coach Jim Montgomery is ready to put his players to work:
“I definitely think we can hit the ground running, more so than last year,” Montgomery said. “I didn’t know anyone last year. Now, I know most of the players and have coached most of the players. I think we can get to work immediately on establishing our work ethic and our identity, and we can stick with it.”
Training camp will be the first of many steps in determining the final NHL roster. It’s quite possible that one or more of those 23 players might not even be under contract yet, instead playing for Dallas or some other team on a PTO:
“It ups the skill level in the camp,” [general manager Jim] Nill said when asked about the PTOs. “It’s an opportunity for them, and it’s an opportunity for us, and it’s an opportunity for the whole league… right now, everybody loves what they’ve done, they love their team. All of a sudden you get to camp, you get three, four, five injuries... and now you are looking for players. So you can never have enough depth and enough players.”
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Speaking of dark horse candidates for the final roster, how about Joel Kiviranta?
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Around the League
Jake Gardiner is no longer a free agent, signing with the Carolina Hurricanes for 4x$4.05M. Life is unfair:
None of the Stars’ signings are on this list, but here are some interesting European names to watch out for in the NHL this year:
Teams were busy exploring European free agents this summer as they looked to fill out their rosters. Here are some of the biggest impact NHL European UFA signings heading into 2019-20.https://t.co/iRmUwfUved— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 8, 2019
Alex Ovechkin can’t be the league’s best goal sorcerer for forever (probably), so who could be the next to hold the title?
Will anyone be able to finally overthrow him at the top this season?https://t.co/95z3pkmp4f— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 8, 2019
All eyes will be on Jack Hughes this upcoming season, but let’s not forget his older brother Quinn Hughes:
Quinn Hughes will look to prove he can handle the physical demands of an 82-game NHL schedule, and that he can thrive for the @Canucks while being game-planned by the opposition. (via @imacSportsnet)https://t.co/5LaZBMGSoA— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 8, 2019
Finally, Phil Kessel is a national treasure, and the Arizona Coyotes are lucky to have him: