July 20 2012 11:38AM
Twenty years ago players would show up at training camp looking like Gregor or Wanye. Not bad but not great. Training camp would be used by everyone to get back into playing shape and to work off the summer chub.
Those days are long gone.
The offseason is now used to get into great shape for the season. When do they start? It depends on each individual player and how far their team went in the playoffs. For this article I will look at a typical non-playoff team player's summer...
July 09 2012 10:40AM
After signing or being traded to a new team during the summer, players start making plans to move and quickly get settled into their new city before training camp opens. Just like anyone who gets transferred, moving takes quite a bit of time, and work and decisions need to be handled quickly.
July 04 2012 09:27PM
After nearly a week of free agency there are still many guys out there waiting for the golden phone to ring. Usually the big names come off the board in the first few days. Then teams start looking to plug the holes their organization had last year, or that were created after their own unrestricted free agents left.
June 26 2012 01:02PM
July 1st is right around the corner and that means the start of the NHL free agent frenzy is almost upon us. Players have met with their agents to lay out a game plan so they are prepared to make the big decision. Then they just have to sit back and wait for the phone to ring.
June 19 2012 10:51AM
It seems like a long time ago that I was drafted. The process is the same but the attention the draft gets has multiplied many times. Players know right away they have been selected. Between the Internet and Twitter, all news of who is drafted where is reported in real time.
Not so when I was drafted in 1994...(insert your age chirp here Wanye!!!)