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CORAL SPRINGS, Florida – Alexander Barkov fast asleep in his house in Finland, when the trade that brought Matthew Tkachuk The Florida Panthers were completed, which is no surprise given that it was around 4:00 am in this part of the world.

He woke up and read messages from friends reacting to the deal.

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And soon he received a message from Tkachuk.

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“The first message was ‘(expletive) right’ and how excited he was to come to Florida,” Barkov, the Panthers captain, said at the Florida press day. “Let’s take the next step, be a winning team for years to come.” That’s who he is. He wants to win. He wants to bring this character into this organization. And I think he’s already done some damage.”

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On this Barkov was sold.

And after weeks of informal skating with each other, the Panthers begin the process of officially showing off what they have in Tkachuk when the team’s training camp opens – the first under new coach Paul Maurice.

“Basically, we have gathered everyone here for a few weeks,” Tkachuk said. “I feel like I spent a couple of weeks in a training camp. So today doesn’t seem like anything new to me. I got to know everyone… so let’s start these games. I’m tired of just practicing and working. I want to start playing some games. I think everyone feels the same way.”

Maurice was also hired during the summer, inheriting a team that last season won the President’s Trophy and advanced to the second round of the playoffs – Florida’s first series win since reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996.

He is as impatient as the players for the first official practice, calling it “our first Christmas”.

“The house has been bought. Most of the boxes are not unpacked,” Maurice said. “I have two such children who came with me; one in Coral Gables, one in Estero. Their seats are unpacked. They are outside our house. Once you get down here, for me you will spend most of your days at the skating rink. So, having experienced all of South Florida, we haven’t gotten there yet.”

As part of the July 22 deal, Tkachuk, 24, signed an eight-year, $76 million contract. That’s not the only big price the Panthers had to agree to in closing the deal; they also sent Jonathan Huberdeaufranchise leading scorer and defenseman Mackenzie Vigar to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a left winger who had 42 goals, 62 assists and 104 points last season.

“I wish all the best to Hubie and Wiggs,” said Barkov. “They are great. Everyone loved them. Only good things can be said about them. It happens, and for sure, it was best for the team and the organization to do it. We move on and will prepare for the new season.”


Panthers goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky is Russian, still lives in St. Petersburg and spends most of his off-season there.

Logistically, he said, getting there (or returning to the US) this summer was not difficult, even though the war that started when Russia invaded Ukraine continues. Bobrovsky said last season he wasn’t trying to focus on anything other than hockey, and when asked if it was difficult to return to Russia when the war was underway, he took the same approach.

“I had a good summer,” Bobrovsky said. “I saw friends, I saw family. All was good. I don’t want to talk about what’s going on. I don’t participate in these things.”


Florida opens camp with 56 players – 31 forwards, 19 defensemen and six goaltenders. This group includes brothers Eric Staal and Mark Steel; Mark Staal signed as a free agent in July; Eric Staal is on probation with Florida.

FRISCO, Texas – Young scorer with 40 goals. Jason Robertson He is expected to miss the start of Dallas Stars training camp because the team and the restricted free agent have not agreed on a new contract.

General manager Jim Neill said there had been ongoing discussions with Robertson and his representatives over the past two weeks. Neill did not say what prevented the two sides from reaching an agreement, adding that “very good discussions” took place.

The Stars, with new coach Pete DeBoer, open camp Thursday in Cedar Park, Texas, the home of their AHL team. They have three days of work there before they return to North Texas for the show opening at home on Monday night. They open the regular season on October 13 in Nashville.

“I think he’s disappointed that he’s not at camp, and neither are we,” Neill said before the team headed to the Austin area. “I think this is very important for the young player and, as you mentioned, for the (new) coaching staff. … We have some time on our side, but we want him to come here as soon as possible.”

Robertson’s base salary last season was $750,000, the end of a three-year, $2.775 million contract. He has five more years before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

The left wing turned 23 shortly after the end of last season, scoring 41 goals and 38 assists for 79 points in 74 games. Robertson joined Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano. Jamie Benn as well as Tyler Seguin as the only scorer to score 40 goals since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993.

Selected by the Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Robertson scored 125 (58 goals, 67 assists) in 128 NHL games. He scored one goal and had three assists in his first postseason game last season, as Dallas lost the first-round playoff series in seven games against Calgary.

DeBoer said he’s looking forward to coaching Robertson, but the forward’s absence won’t change his camp plans.

“It doesn’t affect what I do,” DeBoer said. “Look, I stayed up at night with excitement when I coached Jason Robertson, 40+ goals, but he’s not here. So, you know, until he arrives, I can’t waste energy on this.”

Neill said the Stars are open to a long-term extension or a bridge contract with Robertson, who was one of the team’s top players with a veteran last season. Joe Pavelski as well as Rupe Hintz. In total, they scored 232 points, which was the second most in franchise history for a trio.

“We are open to everything. But other than that… I’m not going to negotiate through the media,” Neill said. As I said, we had good conversations. Let’s see where it goes.”

Training camps are reopening in the NHL after another short off-season, the third in a row squeezed by the pandemic. That doesn’t bother the Colorado Avalanche star. Nathan McKinnon one bit.

It’s time for one of the best hockey players and his teammates to get back on the ice and defend their Stanley Cup title, less than three months after they knocked out the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I still feel like I was just playing,” McKinnon said. “I took a two-week break and then started skating again. It’s just fun. I like it and I like the short summer. It feels like the season is kind of flipping again.”

The NHL is heading into fall, with exciting playoffs and finals that have a chance to return to a regular schedule. This means full training camps for teams with new coaches and the benefits of a regular schedule.

This means that only 88 days elapse between the sixth game of the final and the first practice on the ice.

“Now we’re used to it,” the Tampa Bay goaltender said. Andrey Vasilevsky said after he and the Lightning lost in the final for the first time in three consecutive trips. “Of course it’s a little more difficult because you don’t have much time to rest. It’s basically a few weeks and you should get back to it. But yeah, I can’t complain. You want your summer to be short every year.

It’s been a little longer for Connor McDavid and the Oilers after losing to Colorado in the West Finals. Despite no downtime, McDavid “wouldn’t trade it for anything” and intends to do so even more as Edmonton bolstered their goalkeeping position by adding Jack Campbell.

Several rotations of the goalie carousel culminated in the acquisition of Avalanche Alexander Georgiev from the New York Rangers and Cup winner Darcy Kemper touchdown with Washington. Joined by new teammates, many of whom lifted the Cup in 2018, Kemper isn’t worried about less free time.

“It was definitely a unique summer,” Kemper said. “Because of how short they were, you start going back to the gym and are a little worried that your workouts will be so short. But you felt like you weren’t getting back in shape. You were already there.


The Oilers are one of several teams headed to training camp under a new coach. Jay Woodcroft took over as interim coach in February but is now full-time.

“Looking forward to camping with him,” McDavid said. “He did a great job in the middle of the season, but it’s never easy as a manager. I’m sure there are things that he wanted to touch on that you couldn’t touch on in the middle of the year, so this year he will be able to touch on all of that.”

The same goes for Bruce Boudreau in Vancouver, 11 months after he took charge of the Canucks. John Tortorella of Philadelphia, Jim Montgomery of Boston, Bruce Cassidy of Vegas, Peter DeBoer of Dallas, Paul Maurice of Florida, Luke Richardson of Chicago, Derek Lalonde of Detroit and Lane Lambert of the New York Islanders all start from scratch.


Approximately 40 players attend the camp through a professional tryout agreement with the possibility of a season contract. James Neal has that opportunity with the Blue Jackets. Derek Stepan returned to Carolina in search of a job with the Hurricanes.

The most intriguing situation involves 37-year-old center Eric Staal, who agreed to a trial in Florida at the same time that his brother Mark signed a one-year contract. Jordan’s younger brother was…


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