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10 questions about the start of NHL training camps

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1. How does a beaten fryer handle their first Camp Tortorella?

The Philadelphia Flyers see life for the first time under coach John Tortorella in training camp, but they’re already short-handed.

Sean Couturier An upper-body injury has sidelined him every week, excluding the 29-year-old center from starting camp and possibly starting the season as well.

Couturier has not played since December 28th of last season and underwent back surgery on February 11th. He said he was feeling good and ready to go to camp on his Sept. 12, but the Flyers updated his status on Monday and said he would. Re-evaluate at training camp.

The Flyers went 13-34-6 last season without the couturier.

defense man Ryan Ellis He also plans to start the season on the long-term injured list. He played in four games last season due to a lower body injury.

All the injury news is happening as the first training camp under Tortorella in Philadelphia is set to begin.

The new coach has spoken out on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Sept. 7 about how he feels the culture of the Flyers needs to change, saying he has “huge concerns about the (locker) room.” rice field. A camp without couturiers and Ellis.

Video: Crew on Flyers Expectations Under Tortorella

2. Who will be the starting goalie for the Maple Leafs in the season opener?

Teams never want the biggest question mark going into camp to go into goal, but that’s exactly the case with the Maple Leafs. Ilya Samsonov When Matt Murray Compete for the No. 1 job.

Toronto signed Samsonoff as an unrestricted free agent from the Washington Capitals and acquired Murray in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Jack CampbellToronto’s number one goalkeeper last season, left as an unrestricted free agent after signing a five-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Neither are slam dunks for Toronto, but Samsonoff and Murray could be a solid tandem based on experience and potential if they’re healthy.

At 25, Samsonov is seven years away from being a first-round pick (15th overall). He appeared in 44 games last season, his most in his three seasons in the NHL.

Murray is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017), but his game has fallen in the last two seasons with the Senators. He was 15-25-3 in his 47 games with a 3.23 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

3. Can the Golden Knights find a number one goalie?

robin laner Left the team after missing the entire season due to hip surgery Logan Thompson, Addin Hill When Laurent Blossois Compete to be the starting goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights in their opening day at the Los Angeles Kings on October 11th.

Together, the three have a total of 166 NHL starts. Blossois is an 86-time veteran, Hill has 63 and Thompson has 17.

Thompson’s strong finish last season, going 9-4-3 with a 2.75 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 17 games from March 10 to the end of the season, could make him a favorite to go to camp. But it’s a blank slate with new coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Golden Knights acquired Hill from the San Jose Sharks on August 29, and he was selected in the fourth round of the 2024 NHL Draft. They gave him more depth in the position and increased competition for playing time with Thompson and Brosois.

Video: Golden Knights Offseason Outlook

4. Who will be Colorado’s number two center?

Nazem Kadri Last season, he posted an NHL career-high 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) as No. 2 center for the Avalanche. He scored an additional 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 16 Stanley Cup playoff games, helping them win the Cup.

However, Kadri’s influence was so strong that he decided to leave Colorado.

With no salary cap space in the Avalanche, Kadri instead left as an unrestricted free agent, signing a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Calgary Flames, leaving a huge hole in Colorado’s lineup.

Here are the candidates likely to fill the spot: JT Confer, Alex Newhook, Ben Myers When Evan Rodriguezbut the wildcard is Mikko Rantanenplayed primarily as a right winger, but gained some experience at center last season when Kadori was injured in the playoffs.

5. Will Lambert change his Islander identity?

Lane Lambert will replace Barry Trots as the New York Islanders’ coach when he was hired May 16, but he’s no newcomer to the team.

Lambert has been an associate coach under Trotts for the past four seasons. He has also served as an assistant under Trotts for the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators since 2011.

Lambert’s coaching style and philosophy are undoubtedly influenced by the Trots, but the 57-year-old wants to blaze his own trail and see the Islanders as a potentially fast and attacking team. You may have some fresh ideas or concepts that will help you. .

The Islanders were 23rd in goals per game last season (2.79 goals) and missed the playoffs. They were the only team in the NHL without a player with at least 60 points. brock nelson When Matthew Berthal It was 59 each.

6. Who is the Devils No. 1 goalie?

The New Jersey Devils have two goalkeepers they love and trust Vitek Vanessek When Mackenzie Blackwoodbut I’m not sure which one will be the reliable No. 1.

They won’t be able to figure it out until the season starts and they play the game regularly, but training camp will help determine whether Vanecek or Blackwood will be number one on the depth chart.

The Devils acquired Vanessek in a trade with the Capitals on July 8, signing him to a three-year, $10.2 million deal 11 days later. He’s 20-12-6 with his 2.67 GAA and .

Blackwood was limited by injuries last season, going 9-10-4 with a 3.39 GAA and a .892 save percentage in 25 games.

The Devils used an NHL-best seven goalies and missed the playoffs by 37 points.

7. Do Gaudreau and Reine play on the same line?

Plans to enter training camp for Columbus Blue Jackets to see what chemistry moves forward Johnny Gaudreau When Patrick Laing You are likely to play on the same line and the same power play unit, so you can develop.

Gaudreau signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract with Columbus on July 13, averaging $9.75 million a year, after finishing last season with Calgary with 115 points (30 goals, 85 assists).

Laing re-signed with the Blue Jackets (4 years, $8.7 million AAV) on July 22nd. Last season he scored 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 56 appearances for Columbus.

Gaudreau is expected to be a top-line left winger and Laing is expected to be a right winger. Gaudreau is a powerplay playmaker and Laine is a shooter.

Assuming they play on the same line, the next question is who is the center? boone jenner, Jack Rothrowicz When Cole SchillingerRookie Kent Johnson also has an outside shot at that position.

8. Who in the 2022 NHL Draft class will be in the opening night lineup?

it certainly seems so Yurai Slavkovsky, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, had to fall apart in camp against the Montreal Canadiens to lose a roster place. They’re younger in reconstruction, and Slavkowski is 6-foot-3, 218 pounds and has an NHL-ready body.

Outside expectations are high for the 18-year-old Slovak forward, but with Slavkowski one of the faces of a rebuilding team, the Canadiens will do their best to manage them internally.

Slavkowski can play alongside Laval in the American Hockey League.

Shane Wrightthe Seattle Kraken’s fourth pick, is a favorite to crack the lineup as potentially one of the top three centers. Matty BeniersNo. 2 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Alex Wenberg If Jani Guldo Move on to the wings.

Wright is 18 and drafted out of the Canadian Hockey League, so he can’t go to the AHL. If he doesn’t become the Kraken, he will be back in Ontario his hockey league.

defense man Simon NemecNo. 2 to the Devils, has an outside chance, but New Jersey expects him to start the season at Utica in the AHL.

Logan CooleyThe No. 3 pick to the Arizona Coyotes will play at the University of Minnesota this season. Similarly, cutter gautierThe Flyers’ No. 5 pick, plays NCAA hockey at Boston College.

Video: Shane Wright and Juraj Slavkovski’s NHL Tonight

9. Which PTO players will get contracts?

Eric Stahl He will try to find a way back to the NHL with the Florida Panthers, but first he needs to get a contract.

A 1,293-game NHL veteran, the 37-year-old forward is one of several players entering training camp on a professional tryout deal.

Stahl didn’t play in the NHL last season. He represented Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, scoring 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 5 games.In preparation for the Olympics, he played American hockey in his league at Iowa in his 4 games. I participated in

He last played in the NHL for the Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals in a best-of-7 series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. Stahl scored eight goals (two goals and six assists) in his 21 appearances in the playoffs that season.

Jimmy Vesey He will enter training camp with the PTO of the New York Rangers, the same team that signed him to his first NHL contract prior to the 2016-17 season. Vesey scored 15 goals (8 goals and 7 assists) in 68 appearances for the Devils last season.

forward Artem Anisimov (Flyer), Jake Vertanen (Euler), Zach Aston Reese (maple leaf), Derrick Blassard (Senator), Alex Chiasson (coyote), Cody Eakin (flame) and Sony Milano (flame), and defender calvin de haan (Carolina Hurricanes), Danny Dekaiser (Vancouver Canucks), Jason Demers (Euler), Scott Harrington (shark) and Michael Stone (Flame) are also in their respective camps on the PTO.

10. Who will replace Marchand in the top line of the Bruins?

Brad Marchand He started skating, but isn’t expected to return to the Boston Bruins’ lineup until late November or early December, and has a hole in the left wing of the top line. Patrice Bergeron.

Pavel Zacha A prime candidate to fill the Marchand position Jake Debrasque right-wing potential.Bruins acquire Zacha forward from Devils Eric Howrah On July 13, he signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract on August 10.

The 25-year-old had an NHL career-high 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games last season.

Bruins need a second line with the following features: David Craigreturned to Boston after playing in the Czech Republic last season David Pastanak his right side and taylor hall on the left.