Players continue arriving in South Florida and participating in informal practices at the new incredible
ICE in Coral Springs. Stephen Weiss
, Kamil Kreps and Bryan Allen joined Cory Stillman, Nathan Horton, Tomas Vokoun and Jordan Leopold last week. More players are expected in town this week.
On a side note, Allen, who missed all but the first two games last season with knee surgery, said after Friday’s practice he was feeling good and the knee felt like it was getting stronger.
Meanwhile, coach Peter DeBoer and his staff will welcome the team’s rookies Sept. 7 for a four-day camp. The Panthers will have “four days to work them (the rookies) out both on and off the ice to get them up to speed before the start of (training) camp,” DeBoer said.
It will be a critical camp for rookies Shawn Matthias
, Michal Repik
, Jason Garrison
and Keaton Ellerby
. Whether any of these players make the Panthers out of training camp or spend the first part of the season with the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., will, in part, be determined beginning Sept. 7. LIGHTNING GRAB TANGUAY
The Lightning’s decision to sign Alex Tanguay made a happy camper of Vinny Lecavalier, who told the Canadian Press: “All the guys I’be talked to who played with him said he’s unbelievable. He’s going to bring a lot of offense to our team.”
The Lightning, who scraped the bottom of the Eastern Conference last season, have improved with former Vancouver defenseman Matthias Ohlund, No. 2 draft pick Victor Hedman, and now Tanguay.
“It’s a big season,” Lecavalier said. “We didn’t have a good season last year but the team has changed and has been given a new dimension.