The Canes hosted media day at PNC Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 1. With training camp fast approaching, CarolinaHurricanes.com and the local media sat down with a number of players for wide-ranging, informal chats.
Here are five questions with Canes forward Riley Nash.
CarolinaHurricanes.com: How was your summer, and what was your focus in training?
Riley Nash: It was pretty nice. June and July, the weather was really nice, spent a lot of time at the lake. The last month wasn’t so nice, just kind of hanging out, watching some baseball, cheered on the Blue Jays. As far as training, I just worked out one-on-one with my trainer a lot more this summer. Tried to get maximum strength up.
CH.com: You were very briefly an unrestricted free agent this summer. What was that process like?
Nash: That was kind of my first time going through that, just because the last time I [was a free agent], it was more set in stone with the qualifying offer and just signing that, basically. I was a little nervous there for a bit, but I was happy to get something done. I’m happy to be back.
CH.com: There's a certain learning curve for a team in year one under a new coach. Heading into year two under Bill Peters, what's different?
Nash: Everyone knows what’s expected – they know the system, they know the D-zone. All the systems are set in place. There might be a couple tweaks here and there, but major changes I’m not foreseeing so that’s a big step. The bar is set. He set the bar last year on how we need to play each and every night, and so what’s expected is already set in stone.
CH.com: Three-on-three overtime is coming. How is that going to play out?
Nash: That’s going be pretty wild. I think I played that in juniors a couple times and it was two-on-one to breakaway to breakaway to two-on-one and it’s just up and down the ice, so it should be pretty exciting.
CH.com: There has been a lot of talk of internal competition for spots in training camp. Do you get that feeling, and how does that affect you?
Nash: I better put up or it’s probably get out. It is what it is. Just got to play your game. I’m pretty confident in what I bring to the table, so I just have to show that and hopefully sign something and stay here a lot longer.