Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/10/13 at 12:04 PM ET
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The only current NHL head coach with experience at guiding a team through a lockout-shortened, 48-game season has a good idea of what to expect if all goes as anticipated and teams open training camps Sunday in advance of a Jan. 19 return from lockout limbo.
"We're all going to come up with ideas but you really don't have time to work on a lot of things," said Kings CoachDarryl Sutter, who coached the Chicago Blackhawks during the truncated 1994-95 season.
"We're lucky we have our team returning, other than banged-up guys. Camp can be mostly about reinforcement instead of about something new. To me it's not really training camp. It's more trying to get five good practices in."
That's about all the preparation most NHL teams are likely to get.
The Kings are set to raise their Stanley Cup banner and receive their rings before a noon matchup against the Blackhawks at Staples Center a week from Saturday. Most teams will start that day with games against geographic rivals but a few won't open until the next day.
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