Can't wait for something ... anything to happen? Training camps are right around the corner and over at TSN they have a nice concise list of training camp opening dates. In a strange twist, the best team and arguably the worst team from 2007 are opening their camps first, a full three days before anyone else. The Ducks and the Blue Jackets open for business September 10 while most other teams open on the 13th and 14th. The Jackets will need the extra work and coach Ken Hitchcock has promised that camp will be gruelling.
"It doesn't sound like there will be a grace period," defenseman Duvie Westcott said with a chuckle. "I'm thinking it'll be two-on-two battle drills in the corner right from the start.
"Call the doctors and tell them to have the needle and thread ready."
While I wish the Jackets all the best in the world, do you think the fans will really go crazy for a Ken Hitchcock coached team? Sure, they might win a few more games but it will be like watching molasses. The trap is alive and well as long as Jacques Martin, Jacques Lemaire, Alain Vigneault and Hitchcock are around. At least the Jackets have nicer jerseys to look at.