The Carolina Hurricanes are grateful for a certain level of normalcy – camp begins in September, the regular season in October – and aim to get on the ice and take off in 2021-22.
The Canes announced their 52-player training camp list and schedule on Tuesday. After the physical tests on Wednesday, the first on-ice sessions will begin on Thursday at the PNC Arena and the first pre-season exhibition game will be played against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the PNC Arena on September 28th.
The pandemic has not yet ended and there is still a risk of another season break. But the canes are 100 percent vaccinated, players and staff. You are ready.
The mood of the team going to the training camp?
“I think the mood is excited,” Canes captain Jordan Staal said in an interview on Monday. “Of course we have new faces, so we get to know each other and get to know each other’s families. As for the hockey team, we’re just excited to get started and see what this team can do. “
During the COVID-19 season, which was 2020-21 and condensed the season to 56 games, the Canes won a newly formed Central Division. It will be back in the Metropolitan Division in 2021-22, playing 82 games again and trying to secure its fourth appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The canes have changed a lot since last season and will go to training camp looking for the best spots for new faces.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, for example. Until September 4th he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. But the Habs decided not to match the canes offer sheet with the striker, a restricted free agent, and on September 4, the canes acquired another new player.
“It will be different, no question about it,” said Staal. “Some new roles will be filled and some positions will be assigned in certain scenarios.
“That’s good. It will be a good training camp with guys vying for places. We have a lot of talent and a lot of depth, so it’s going to be tough.”
A team of Canes prospects completed the game on Tuesday in the NHL Prospects Showcase 2021 hosted by Lightning. The Canes were 1-0-2 in the three games and lost 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in extra time on Tuesday.
Potential candidates for Canes training camp include strikers Seth Jarvis, Ryan Suzuki, Dominik Bokk and Jack Drury, and defenders Joey Keane and Jesper Sellgren.
There are 46 skaters and six goalkeepers on the stock list.