Ron Hainsey has seen the structure and content of NHL training camps develop quite a bit since he began his NHL career in 2002-03 with the Montreal Canadiens. And the new member of the Maple Leafs blueline can best sum it up in one word: compactness.
"It's shorter now," Hainsey said Thursday after the Leafs continued camp at their west-Toronto practice facility. "When I first started, I think we had five, six days of scrimmage, maybe even like a week before you played a pre-season game. And my first camp, you went through a week of development camp, a week of rookie camp and then regular camp - so camp was five or six weeks. Now it's 20 days, really, and Day One is a testing/medical day, so that doesn't even count. So it's 17 days of on-ice work, and bam - we're going."