With only six days to finalize rosters and get ready for season openers, teams aren't wasting time starting camps. The Red Wings got underway today. Here's what's worth reporting:
They're skating with these lines for today: 39-40-24, 93-51-37, 11-8-44. 25-20-22; Eaves and Knuble rotating in. 25 is Emmerton BTW— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 13, 2013
For the rusty and uninitiated, here's what that means in last names
Mursak (subbing for Datsyuk) - Zetterberg - Brunner
Franzen - Filppula - Samuelsson
Cleary - Abdelkader - Bertuzzi
Emmerton - Miller - Tootoo
It's great to hear that Eaves is working into the lines. The Wings have still not set a timetable for his return, so he'll likely start the season on IR, but he has been cleared for contact. Mike Knuble is the only Red Wings tryout in camp. Darren Helm "tweaked" something in workouts recently (his back), and his status to start the season is uncertain. Datsyuk played in the KHL All-Star game today and will rejoin the team later this week; he'll likely be back on the ice on Tuesday.
Defensively, the Wings officially called up Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff, who's likely to be the first injury replacement in case Carlo Colaiacovo isn't ready to go. Nick Barnowski (@NickBarnowski) is at the skate today tweeting some good pics. He also had this:
Kronwall and Ericsson together on D it seems. #RedWings— Nick Barnowski (@NickBarnowski) January 13, 2013
This does match up with the Freep article from Helene St. James last week which said that Smith and Quincey would also be a pairing along with White and Kindl while Colaiacovo recovered.
In other interesting bits from other teams, the Hurricanes gave Anthony Stewart and two picks to the Kings for the Stanley Cup Experience (and 5 career points) of Kevin Westgarth. The Flyers have already traded for a goalie because they're the flyers. Also, the Canadiens have reportedly told Scott Gomez not to report to camp. They'll pay him his salary and eat his cap hit for this season in preparation for a summertime buyout when it becomes available.
None of the interesting RFAs: Subban, O'Reilly, Benn, and Del Zotto have signed yet. [update: Nevermind on Del Zotto. 2 years, $5.1M.]
Nobody is saying much of anything about Ken Holland's plans for this week. George Malik wouldn't be surprised to hear about Holland making a phone call to Garth Snow asking about Lubomir Visnovsky (who was one of the first to say that he didn't want to return to the NHL after the agreement in principle was announced.) Still lots of pipe-dreaming about Detroit landing PK Subban from Montreal (highly unlikely). It's possible that Jay Bouwmeester may still be available in Calgary or that somebody else is looking to move a D-Man for a package of forwards/forward prospects/picks, but we've got nothing concrete to go on right now.
We'll keep you updated as interesting things happen. Let's go Red Wings!