With the Traverse City prospect tournament getting underway yesterday, it has been made official that hockey is back for what should be a thrilling and spectacular 82-game season. This year will bring curiosity, and unorthodox headlines. This is due to the fact that with the NHL realignment, the league has created quite the shift. There will still be two conferences, but those conferences will be split up into two divisions each: Atlantic, Pacific, Central, Metropolitan. But, forget that for now, we have some news to catch up on.
- Some surprising news coming out of Calgary. The Flames have announced that the Scotiabank Saddledome will remain their home arena for the upcoming season and it will be ready for the Edmonton Oilers when they come to town on September 14. Despite significant and overwhelming damage caused by record-setting floods in Southern Alberta in late June which forced over 100,000 evacuations, the rink is expected to be ready for their preseason opener. Prepping the Saddledome for the upcoming campaign has not been easy. Once floodwaters from the nearby river were pumped out, engineers conducted vigorous tests to ensure the structural integrity of the building. Every piece of equipment at the event level of the arena was replaced after flood waters submerged the entire ice surface and eight rows of seats.
- The New York Rangers’ prospects played their TC opener yesterday against the Carolina Hurricanes. They fell in a 4-3 defeat. The Rangers received goals from Josh Nicholls, Andrew Yogan and Oscar Lindberg. Goaltender Mackenzie Skapski made 21 saves in the loss.
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— Stephanie Mair (@steph__mair) September 6, 2013
The hockey gods are near #nyr
— Ben McNulty (@bjammin44) September 6, 2013
I think now that gaborik is gone zuccarello will be my new jersey #nyr
— Trish Fitzgerald (@tmfitz085) September 6, 2013