A bit of a quiet news week, as teams finalize their rosters and try to sneak players through waivers.
- The Sens raised a lot of eyebrows when they waived both Jacob Bernard-Docker and Egor Sokolov a few days ago, but don't worry; neither player ended up being claimed, so both will play for Belleville this season and remain on the roster.
- Some slightly concerning news about Josh Norris: after practicing with the team all preseason but being held out of games for precautionary reasons, he missed practice yesterday. DJ Smith says he's had a bit of a setback but will hopefully play on Saturday against Montreal. It's hard to tell if Norris is still injured but trying his best to return as quickly as possible, or if he's healthy and the team is being extra careful, but given the team's track record with these things I don't blame anyone for assuming the worst.
- The list of players invited to PWHL training camps still has not been made public by the league, but Ian Kennedy is still updating his list. Mikyla Grant-Mentis to Ottawa was reported on a while ago, but some new exciting additions are former Toronto Six defender Saroya Tinker, and Japanese Olympic star Akane Shiga. I really, really hope they all end up getting contracts.
- In other women's hockey news, we have the schedule for the annual Rivalry Series between Team Canada and Team USA. The two teams will face off in Kitchener, Sarnia, Saskatoon, Regina, Tempe, LA and Saint Paul. There should be a bit of extra intrigue this year with most of the players attached to PWHL teams. Remember to keep an eye on Team USA defender Savannah Harmon, even if you're not cheering for her!
- For subscribers to The Athletic: Ian Mendes spoke to Sens depth forward Parker Kelly about his alopecia. It's a great read!
- Rick Westhead has reported that Halifax Regional Police are still investigating a sexual assault case involving members of the 2003 Canadian World Juniors team. Still no word on the one from 2018.
- One more depressing story: two student-athletes at the University of Michigan, including one men's hockey player, were recently caught spray-painting homophobic graffiti on the Jewish Resource Centre. A disappointing reminder of what hockey culture is like.
- In the interest in ending this on a slightly lighter ntoes, Justin Bourne over at Sportsnet looked at when young teams are able to turn the corner to become contenders, and the factors that go into it. A piece that's certainly of interest to Sens fans these days.
- And finally, the NHL has announced that Nickelback will perform at the Heritage Classic this year.