A few news items to pass along as we wait for Friday evening to get here:
-Per the AHL transactions, Joe Faust was released from his amateur tryout on Monday. He joined the team on April 8th but never appeared in a game, only warming up before Saturday’s finale against the Falcons.
-But, in much happier news, Graham Black was signed to an entry level contract. He appeared in two games for Albany since arriving as an amateur tryout on April 8th, going scoreless.
-Now for some required reading/listening:
A Devils preview from The Hockey Writers. Also from THW…a trip down River Rats memory lane.
My blogging counterpart in St. John’s, Rinkside Report, has their preview.
And check out this week’s episode of Talking Red, not just because I make my annual guest segment.
-My official preview (well, more of a stat pack than anything) will be out Friday at 12 noon.
That time of year has finally arrived.
This morning rookies/AHL players arrived at training camp in New Jersey, with the NHL veterans soon to follow later this week. One week from now there will be real game action again for the first time since late April, as the Devils play their first preseason game against the Rangers. Earlier today the team released this year’s training camp roster:
*-appeared in at least one game for Albany in 2012-13
A numerical list can be found here.
A few observations:
-Looks like Corbin McPherson and Chris McKelvie are back in the fold for this season. I’m going to assume they were given AHL contracts, even though nothing official has been released. That puts the number of players from last year’s team still without a home down to 4.
-There is one unfamiliar name on the list, and it’s probably one of the more awesome hockey names I’ve seen: Remy Giftopoulos. He split last season between Ottawa and Windsor in the OHL, where in 71 games he put up 25 goals and 23 assists. He is expected to return to Windsor, only in camp to be evaluated by the Devils brass.
A few articles from today’s first day:
From Fire & Ice: an interview with Mattias Tedenby and Rod Pelley.
From The Star Ledger: more Pelley and an appearance from Cam Janssen.
Finally it’s October! So stop asking…till next spring, anyway.
We are 4 days into training camp in New Jersey, and from what I’ve seen it sounds like business as usual as the team is preparing for its 3 game preseason schedule this week. First game arrives tomorrow afternoon in Voorhees, NJ against Adirondack (and I have no idea how I’ll be able to keep track of it other than if anyone on either side tweets it), followed by a trip to Connecticut on Wednesday to take on the Whale. Then finally they travel to Binghamton on Saturday to play the Senators (also my season tweeting debut). Looking for info on how this year’s team will shake out? Here’s a few sites to follow:
-For individual player interviews, the A-Devs YouTube page has you covered, as they have done at least 3 player interviews daily, along with a daily chat with coach Kowalsky.
-For blog stories, Fire and Ice and the Star Ledger has daily coverage from Newark. Bonus coverage from Day 1 courtesy of 5 For Writing can be found here (just scroll down).
-For tweets, follow @AlbanyDevilsPR and @TGfireandice for the daily practice groups and maybe a few photos mixed in.
12 days to go till opening night…and 5 days till I can finally see some hockey!