Looking forward to a week in tropical Canada. FYI, it's 48 in Calgary right now. And that looks like that's as warm as it's going to get this week. Hey, at least I get to break out the winter coat.
Peter DeBoer split the teams in two today, with one side being NHL regulars and the other being Florida's minor leaguers. Kenndal McArdel, Shawn Matthias and Michael Frolik worked with the big squad.
DeBoer said today he wanted to do that because he wanted to have his core group together at least for a day. With six preseason games in as many nights, he's splitting the team up into two, so having most of the NHL guys practicing as one isn't going to happen until they return next week.
-- DeBoer said this group is the one that will play tomorrow in Calgary: Booth-Weiss-Zednik; Campbell-McLean-Dvorak; McArdle-Sprukts-Stewart; MacIntyre-Larman-Repik; Cullimore-Bouwmeester; Skrastins-Murphy; MacDonald-Beaverson; Aston-Garrison; Anderson, Beckford-Tseu, Shantz.
That means the other team goes Wednesday in Edmonton, with the Calgary gang facing the Oilers in the rematch Thursday night.The complete breakdown, as it stands now, on the previous post.
-- News: Bryan Allen participated in all of today's work, and DeBoer says he'll play sometime this week. Wade Belak still being held out with the shoulder, he'll play against the Islanders on Oct. 6.
-- Prospects Adam Comrie, Corey Syvret, A.J. Jenks and Colby Robak were returned to their respective junior teams on Monday. The Panthers are traveling with 50 players.
-- Friend David Shoalts writes about Bryan McCabe. Hope I showed you a good enough time while you were here, D.
-- The Rangers' Wade Redden gets a homecoming in Ottawa tonight.
-- The NHL returns to Kansas City, if only for a night. The Blues take on the Kings.
-- Al Montoya getting a fresh start out in the desert. Say hello to Olli for us, would ya?