Every offseason really feels short to Philipp Grubauer, though this one was a doozy.
After playing one of the most games of his NHL career, the German goaltender saw his season end with Colorado in June, waited for a new contract and, by the end of July, joined the expansion Seattle franchise. He had brand-new Kraken gear prior to a new place to live.
“Training camp comes around, it’s like, ‘Oh, I presume it’s time to go back now,'” Grubauer said. “It was an incredibly active summer season: still searching for a house, still relocating. However we enjoy playing.”
Training camps open around North America today after the fastest offseason in NHL background. It has been much less than 80 days because the Tampa Bay Lightning raised the Stanley Mug – their 2nd title in 10 months – and the league is currently 32 teams strong, with everybody leaping back on the ice to do it all over again.
“It’s been short, that’s for certain,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “However I assume when you win, you don’t complain about it as a lot because you won and you’re simply type of celebrating all summer season.”
The summer season of celebration started July 7 when the Lightning wrapped up the final by beating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5. By the time the calendar flipped to August, Seattle selected players in the expansion draft and added Grubauer in totally free agency, while Tampa Bay’s roster was hit because of the salary cap.
Coming off a 105-point season in simply 56 games, reigning MVP Connor McDavid did not waste time obtaining back on the ice to train for another shot at the playoffs. Sharpening his game was a lot more important than an extra little remainder with an eye on Edmonton making a deep run.
“The important thing is being on the ice and skating and sensation great available, so I attempt to place a lot of emphasis on that,” McDavid said.
McDavid and the Oilers were brushed up by Winnipeg in the initial round, so they had a lot more down time than others. Like McDavid, Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov would certainly favor much less pause.
“I want we can do that every year: going as far as feasible,” Barkov said. “I had adequate remainder – mental remainder, physical remainder – and ready to obtain back to play.”
Veteran general manager Chuck Fletcher, that last week said Flyers players were relatively healthy after last season, announced 3 significant injuries Tuesday. Facility Kevin Hayes is out 6-8 weeks after undertaking abdominal surgical treatment, defenseman Samuel Morin is anticipated to miss out on the same amount of time after having surgical treatment to eliminate particles in his ideal knee, and possibility Wade Allison is out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle.
While Stamkos and the Lightning can really hope that alcohol consumption from the Stanley Mug heals their playoff injuries, Montreal players that dropped just brief rejected to wait to obtain back on the ice to take another shot at it. Nick Suzuki obtained up to speed rapidly because the individuals he trains with were already in midsummer form, and fellow Canadiens forward Tyler Toffoli talked himself out of a long break.
“When I obtained house, I started working out like a week after, where normally I would probably take three weeks-ish prior to I started obtaining back right into it,” Toffoli said. “I was basically right back in the health club.”
Those workouts total, players report for physicals Wednesday, with the initial practice sessions arranged for Thursday. Ahead is what’s established to be the initial 82-game regular season because 2018-19 before the pandemic derailed the NHL and the remainder of the world, and the timetable will certainly also be condensed to fit in an Olympic break in February so hockey’s ideal can go to Beijing.
With that in mind and with the NHL still planning to hand the Mug out again by the end of June, players understand camp this year is about preparing for the next grind, as a lot as coming back from the last one.
“I assume you’re mosting likely to have to ease into it a little bit this year,” Vegas captain Mark Stone said. “I do not understand if the bodies are going to be rather where they’re meant to be yet, however we’re rather delighted to obtain back.”
At least one player will not be back in the NHL any time soon. The Columbus Blue Jackets are not welcoming forward Zac Rinaldo to camp because he is unvaccinated and said he would certainly attend the one run by the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters instead.