- New Jersey Devil Zach Parise reiterates that his one-year deal does not signify that he's intent on leaving the Devils following the season.
- In a Fire & Ice post, Parise discusses the upcoming season, including more on this contract situation and returning from last season's knee injury that kept him out of the lineup almost all year.
- Fellow Devil Travis Zajac discusses the uncertainty involved in recovering from his Achilles tendon injury.
- Coming off his most productive offensive season, the Buffalo Sabres' Drew Stafford discusses a new component of his offseason regimen and the Sabre organization's busy summer.
- According to Senators Extra, Brian Lee isn't getting enough credit for his solid play down the stretch for the Ottawa Senators.
- Senshot proposes a new defensive pairing for the Senators, based on Lee's improved late season play.
- St Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong discusses his team heading into the upcoming season, including what he considers to be TJ Oshie's best offseason as a Blue. On a Blues sidenote, it's nice to see former MSU Maverick David Backes earn the Captainship for St Louis. I've always admired his play and it's nice to see him being rewarded.
- The Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey chronicles Chris Vandevelde's place among the Edmonton Oiler's young forwards. It was fun to watch the development of Vandevelde down the stretch last season as he started earning ice time in all situations.
- Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos comment on Toews defeating Stamkos in TSN's Franchise Faceoff final. They each also comment on why they should be picked first in a fantasy hockey draft. I love Toews' answer. The Q&A session was part of the NHL's two-day player media tour that took place last week. Zach Parise also took part.
Chay Genoway scored a goal for the Minnesota Wild, but it wasn't enough as the Wild fell to the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 yesterday in each team's opener in the Traverse City rookie tournament. Corey Fienhage notched an assist for the Sabres. Buffalo's next game is today at 1:30 against Columbus while the Wild face Detroit this evening at 5:30.
Matt Frattin and the Toronto Maple Leaf's rookies defeated David Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 yesterday in the Maple Leaf's rookie tournament. The game was streamed on the Leafs official website with a half hour delay, and the quality was pretty good. Frattin seemed to be pressing early but played well in the second and third periods. I also thought Toews had a solid game, though neither player ended up in the scoring column. Also, former Wisconsin Badger defenseman Jake Gardiner looked very sharp for the Leafs and his two goals certainly displayed his strong skating and puck protection skills. The Leafs play again tonight, but Frattin will not be in the lineup. The Blackhawks were back on the ice taking on Ottawa at 1:00 this afternoon.
Yesterday marked the first practice at the Winnipeg Jets' rookie training camp. Jason Gregoire, who will be battling for a full time NHL gig, is appreciative of the fan support the Jets received for their first practice.