- Everyone in Ottawa is excited for the new season to start. There is a sense of optimism and anticipation from both the fans and players alike. This season is going to be different, we all sense it. Unfortunately, while we still await the Shane Pinto signing; news of Josh Norris "tweaking" something was not the way we wanted to start the season. According to Pierre Dorion, Norris wearing a yellow jersey is just a precaution and he's ready to go if the season were to start tomorrow. Are we sure though? After the way things shaped up last season with Norris, it's reasonable to be a bit concerned now. Right?
- Speaking of Shane Pinto, it seems all signs are pointing to something soon being finalized. Bruce Garrioch reported that discussions between the two parties are going well. It also doesn't hurt that his name was on the training camp list. Dorion did mention he needs to be creative to fit Pinto in but surely, he won't let that get in the way.
- Steven Stamkos has been the heart and soul of the Tampa Bay Lightning ever since he got drafted. However, after years of somehow ignoring the cap, the Bolts may be finding themselves in a scenario where they're unable to retain their Captain. Stamkos is reportedly not happy with the pace of the talks from the team which have been "slow" to say the least. This will be an interesting situation to follow.
- This was an obvious choice but the Boston Bruins have named Brad Marchand Captain for the upcoming season. The seasoned veteran has been part of the Bruins core and a driving force behind their consistent success. He might be hated by everyone, but that's the type of player you want leading your team.
- On Monday, many female hockey players got to revive their dreams of being part of a pro league. It was a great day to celebrate progress in the sport. With their final pick, Montreal picked Lina Ljungblom from the Swedish league. Unfortunately, since she is under clause with MoDo Hockey Dam from the SWHL she will not be able to join the PWHL until next season.
- The Montreal Canadiens traded Casey DeSmith to the Vancouver Canucks by the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday for Tanner Pearson and a third-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. I'm not sure this trade makes sense but it's not one with much impact.
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