The Florida Panthers will have their rookies hit the ice on Saturday morning as they kick off development camp at the IceDen in Coral Springs.
We will have a lot more on who to watch and what the Panthers will look for right here at FloridaHockeyNow tomorrow.
What we do know is this: The Panthers will have some of their top prospects on the ice (Spencer Knight, Anton Lundell and Grigori Denisenko among them) and the doors will be closed to the public.
Due to the rising number of cases of Covid-19 in Florida — and the IceDen being on the small side and doesn’t have the high-end health certification the arena does — the team did not feel it was right to allow fans in.
We still do not know if the rookie showcase being held next weekend in the Tampa area will be open nor whether training camp will be open, either.
Now, onto today’s NHL links:
AROUND THE NHL
The Seattle Kraken won’t hold preseason games in its home rink as there is still work to do before the renovated Key Center opens up.
But the Kraken’s practice facility is ready to go — and players in town are already on the ice. (AP)
— Steve Goldstein is big on the Panthers this season. Goldie certainly is not alone in that sort of thinking. (Ballys)
— Elliotte Friedman reports the Sabres are talking to potential Jack Eichel suitors to see where things stand with training camp opening in a few weeks. (Sportsnet)
— The Marc-Andre Fleury Era is over in officially over as the team’s original goalie has been traded to Chicago and sold his house. What’s next for the Knights? (VegasHockeyNow)
— It doesn’t look like the Islanders are in the market for Vladimir Tarasenko. (NYI Hockey Now)
— Could this be the end of the Penguins core? They may have this year to prove they’ve still got it. (PittsburghHockeyNow)
— David Backes signs a one-day contract and retires as a member of the Blues. (TSN)
— Paul Holmgren was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and the Flyers hall could be next.(PhillyHockeyNow)
— The Red Wings rookie tournament team will feature top prospects Lucas Raymond and Sebastian Cossa. (DetroitHockeyNow)
— On the latest Sharks podcast, Kevin Allen, Bob Duff and Sheng Peng talk about whether San Jose should move on with Evander Kane. (SanJoseHockeyNow)