Let’s face it, whether it is the players, coaches or fans, things are going to feel at least a little strange for everybody in the early going as we all get used to CONSOL Energy Center. But that should be expected after the franchise spent the first 43 years of its existence across the street at the Civic Arena.
The process of turning CONSOL Energy Center into “home” and making it a tough place for opponents isn’t going to happen overnight. In fact, don’t expect it to be something that will be complete by the end of training camp either.
These types of transitions take time and must occur naturally as the season progresses. When that time is we won’t know for sure, but we do know it’s another added subplot to this camp. It’s something that will begin as soon as the players hit the locker room and take the ice as a group for the first time.
“We can’t wait,” Kris Letang said. “I even went twice just to look around from a fan’s standpoint. It’s an amazing place and we can’t wait to get in and make it ours.”