May 12, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) drives to the net with the puck against the Boston Bruins during game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Training Camp News: Avalanche, Coyotes, Capitals, Hybrid Icing

With most NHL training camps starting either today or yesterday hockey fans are starting to see the light at the end of the dark tunnel that is the off-season. With training camp comes a whole bunch of important news that I’m sure you all were wondering about so let’s get started. The Colorado Avalanche will be Nathan Mackinnon’s team this season, that is what coach Patrick Roy said to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post. This means that the 2013 first overall draft pick will not be returning to the OHL this season.

The Phoenix Coyotes will be  starting camp without Oliver Ekman-Larsson as he does not yet have his immigration papers. Mikhail Grabovski is having similar trouble as he cannot report to Washington Capitals camp because he is in Toronto waiting for his visa to clear (maybe this is a sign that he shouldn’t have been bought out).

The final interesting piece of news I have for you, you probably already know. Hybrid icing is going to be tested during the pre-season and then voted on by the players. Given the news that surfaced yesterday of Joni Pitkanen missing the season because of an injury caused on an icing play I think there is a strong possibility that this will become a rule.

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Tags: Colorado Avalanche Edmonton Oilers Hybrid Icing Mikhail Grabovski Nathan MacKinnon Nhl Training Camp Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes Washington Capitals

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