Welcome to the 2017 preseason! Several rookie camps opened across North America on Friday. Veterans report next week, for the most part hitting the ice Sept. 15.
This is a busy time, with rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans looking to lock down roster spots. Each day, we will have all the updates of note right here.
Here is the training camp news for Saturday:
Therrien will scout for Canadiens
Michel Therrien, fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 14, will serve as a scout for them this season.
Therrien had two years remaining on his contract when he was fired and interviewed for the Florida Panthers coaching vacancy, but did not get the job, which eventually went to Bob Boughner. Therrien, who lives in Florida in the offseason, will mostly scout at Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning games, he said.
"I want to be out there, I want to see games and I want to be ready," Therrien told TSN 690 in Montreal on Friday. "I'm not going to stay in my place and wait for the phone call. I did that before when I lost my job in Pittsburgh [as Penguins coach in 2009]. I want to see as many games as I can and this is what I'm expecting to do next year [for the Canadiens]."
Therrien, 53, was 31-19-8 with Montreal last season. He wants to remain in hockey, he said.
"I like everything about the game," he said. "I like the morning skate, I like the teaching, I like the practice, I like the national anthem, I like the game. The most important thing is competing for a Stanley Cup."
Therrien, who is 406-303-82 with 23 ties as an NHL coach in 12 seasons with the Canadiens and Penguins, has never won the Stanley Cup. The Penguins won it in 2009, four months after he was fired and replaced by Dan Bylsma.
Chiasson gets tryout contract with Capitals
Forward Alex Chiasson, who had 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 81 games with the Calgary Flames last season, will join the Washington Capitals in training camp on a professional tryout contract.
Chiasson, 26, was not issued a qualifying offer by the Flames following the season and became an unrestricted free agent. He has 106 points (50 goals, 56 assists) in 320 NHL games over five seasons with the Flames, Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars.
Video: CGY@LAK: Chiasson redirects point shot past Bishop