Friday, September 22, 2006

Last man skating makes the roster.

What’s going on in the camps this week, suddenly training camp resembles the backlot of ER, with players piling up faster than beds can be made available for them.

Good thing that all the teams didn’t hold their camps in BC as it would pretty well send the health care system into collapse the amount of medical attention required after just one week of “training.”

The latest player to be added to the disabled list is the recently arrived Evgani Malkin, who dislocated a shoulder on Wednesday night. The Pens are currently looking to see if any Russian soldiers of fortune were in the vicinity of Moncton. Malkin was injured during the Pens pre-season match with the Philadelphia Flyers, when he collided with team mate John Leclair, Malkin left the ice holding his arm in obvious pain.

The list of NHLers currently on the sick parade includes a growing list of blue chip players who are keys to their respective teams.

Zdeno Chara, the former Sen lasted less than a week with his new Bruin team mates before injuring his foot while blocking a Sheldon Souray shot.

Columbus will be without the services of Sergei Federov for the next six weeks after Federov injured his shoulder in the Blue Jackets exhibition game against the Sabres

The perennial next year player Carlo Colaiacavo may have run out of next years, having suffered concussion like symptoms at the Maple Leaf camp before even finishing his first practice

The Black Hawks back up goaltender Patrick Lalime will have to wait to rebuild his career, the former Ottawa Senator was injured in the early days of the Hawks camp, and he’s now listed as out for at least two months and maybe longer.

Jaromir Jagr could possibly miss this year’s opener on Broadway , still feeling the effects of shoulder surgery in the off season on a dislocated shoulder.

Todd Bertuzzi looking for a fresh start in Florida finds himself on the shelf with cracked ribs. And on it goes through the camps.

Suddenly the idea of jumping right into those pre season games after a few skates around the rink is coming back to haunt the GM’s.

With another two weeks to go before the regular season gets underway, the question besides what to do about your hockey pool is, who will be left to take the pre game skate when they drop the puck on the 2006-07 season.

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