Panthers, Lightning ready to open camps after Irma
The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning are scheduled to open training camp with medical testing Thursday and their first on-ice practice sessions Friday, less than one week after Hurricane Irma passed through Florida.
The Panthers will start camp with testing at BBT Center before taking the ice at Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs on Friday. The Lightning will conduct their medical testing at Amalie Arena on Thursday and be on the ice at Ice Sports Forum in Brandon the next day.
Each team paid to evacuate any players, their families and staff members who were in town away from the storm last week.
The Panthers chartered a plane to Boston, where they teamed with the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays to collect donations for Irma relief efforts on Saturday.
The Lightning sent their contingent to Nashville, where Tampa Bay was participating in a rookie camp series with the Nashville Predators.
The Lightning were scheduled to host the 2017 Prospect Tournament in Estero, Florida, but that was canceled because of Hurricane Irma. The Lightning and Predators instead scheduled three rookie games at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee, from Saturday through Tuesday.
The traveling parties from the Panthers and Lightning were back in their respective markets Tuesday. The teams, along with the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, are donating $2.7 million to help Irma relief efforts in Florida.
Islanders lose Quine for 4-6 weeks
New York Islanders center Alan Quine will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.
Quine, 24, had 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 61 games in 2016-17, his first full NHL season. He scored one goal in two games for the Islanders in 2015-16, and had five points (one goal, four assists) during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The goal came in double overtime of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference First Round and gave the Islanders a 2-1 victory against the Panthers.
Letang hopes to be ready for Penguins opener
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been cleared for contact following neck surgery and hopes to be ready for opening night.
Letang, who missed 41 games last season, had surgery to repair a herniated disk in April and missed the remainder of the season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“Health is pretty good,” Letang said at the Penguins annual Summer Sticks Golf Classic at Allegheny Country Club on Tuesday. “I’ve been working out all summer. I was restrained at the beginning, but I got the clearance to start running and skating around July 5. Pretty full summer. … We’ll just start and go day by day. I got cleared to have contact and skate with the team. We’ll see how it goes the first few days and we’ll increase the workload.”
Letang had 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) and played 25:31, the seventh highest average per game in the League. He said he has no plans to change his game.
“[Playing at least 25 minutes is] what I want to do,” Letang said. “That’s part of my game, the way I play. So, obviously, it’s the goal. I have no expectation. I’m just going to go like I always did and go from there.
Anderson not worried about contract extension with Senators: report
Craig Anderson is entering the final year of a three-year contract, but isn’t worried about what the future holds.
Anderson, 36, will make $4.2 million this season according to CapFriendly.com. He’s been with the Ottawa Senators since the 2010-11 season, is their all-time leader in wins (151) and save percentage (.920), and ranks second in shutouts (24).
“As far as I’m concerned, I have a season left to worry about and play hockey for,” Anderson told the Ottawa Sun. “I leave all that other stuff, the extracurriculars, for the agents and managers. For me it’s staying focused with the group of guys. The object at hand is to play out the season I have left on it, and just focus my energy towards that.”
Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion has no doubt Anderson can continue to play at a high level despite his age.
“He started being a No. 1 late in his career, so he’s got a lot of years left in him,” Dorion said. “It will also be up to Craig, if he wants to stay. I think he wants to stay. He has indicated to us he wants to stay. We’ll definitely look at getting an extension done.”
Winnik to attend training camp with Wild
Forward Daniel Winnik will attend training camp with the Minnesota Wild on a professional tryout contract.
Winnik, 32, played in 72 games with the Washington Capitals last season and had 25 points, including an NHL career-high 12 goals.
In 10 seasons with the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Capitals, Winnik has 228 points (76 goals, 152 assists) and 340 penalty minutes in 717 games.