Jack Nicklaus, golf's all-time leader in major championship victories, will drop the ceremonial first pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets' opening game against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 4.
Nicklaus, a Columbus native, owns 73 official PGA Tour victories, including a record 18 major championships. He will be on hand following the conclusion of the second day of play at the 2013 Presidents Cup tournament, which is being held at Nicklas' Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
Skinner did not take part in the morning skate at PNC Arena prior to Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They also host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Coach Kirk Muller said Skinner won't play Thursday and is doubtful for Friday.
“We just want to be smart and not push him right now with these exhibition games,” Muller said.
There was concern Booth might miss the start of the season after only playing 12 games last year before ankle surgery, being held out of the start of training camp, and pulling out of a game last weekend after tweaking his groin in the morning skate. But coach John Tortorella surprised everyone by announcing the oft-injured winger is ready to play.
"David Booth as far as I am concerned is playing tonight, unless someone tells me something different," Tortorella said when asked if Booth had resumed skating.
The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday loaned defenseman Derek Forbert and center Nick Shore to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
Los Angeles has 29 players remaining on its training camp roster as it prepares for its final preseason games. The Kings play the New York Rangers on Friday and the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Both games are at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 29-year-old, who is scheduled to make $1.5 million this season, scored twice and finished with seven points in 27 games in 2012-13. He missed the start of the season with an eye injury.
Jones scored 17 goals in 2011-12 and 18 during the 2010-11 season. He has 52 goals and 94 points in 282 games with the Oilers and Nashville Predators. The Oilers claimed him off waivers from Nashville in March 2010 and re-signed him as a free agent on July 8.
"I've talked to a lot of guys who have had it done like [Tomas] Kopecky and [Scottie] Upshall, you just trust their opinion, more so you got to trust your doctor, trust your surgeon what he did to you is going to make you better first, and understand that and go through your physical therapy," Versteeg told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "The staff here in Florida did a tremendous job with me the first two months, then I went home [to Lethrbridge, Alberta] and worked with a guy named Tim back home and my own trainer and they got me to where I am today."