Sam Reinhart still doesn’t have a contract, but that doesn’t mean he can’t practice with the Buffalo Sabres as training camp approaches. While the team awaits for the official practices to start, Jourdon LaBarber of NHL.com reports that Reinhart joined teammates on the ice today for an informal skate. The 22-year old forward seems extremely confident that a contract will be signed in the coming weeks, telling LaBarber that he’s approaching the season like normal because “that’s the way it’s going to turn out to be.”
Excitement is up around the Sabres this season after they drafted Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick and made several trades to address their lack of depth. When it comes to success up front, Reinhart may fall just behind Jack Eichel in terms of expectations this season as he tries to improve on his 25-goal 2017-18 campaign. The second-overall pick in 2014, Reinhart still hasn’t really shown he can dominate the league on his own and needs to take another big step forward in his development if the Sabres want to make the playoffs.
- It seems inevitable that Henrik Zetterberg won’t be playing for the Detroit Red Wings this season, but he’s at least heading for another opinion in the coming days. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that Zetterberg will see Dr. Frank Cammisa—the doctor who performed his 2014 back surgery—soon to see what he has to say. Zetterberg hasn’t been able to train this offseason at all given his back injury, and will at least miss the beginning of the season. It’s starting to look like the Detroit captain could be headed for a much more permanent designation, but we’ll have to wait and see what comes of the Cammisa visit.
- The New York Rangers will finally raise Vic Hadfield’s #11 sweater to the rafters on December 2nd, honoring one of their most beloved former players. Hadfield, a famous member of the GAG line alongside Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, scored 50 goals and 106 points in 1971-72 but lost out in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. A Rangers captain during those days, he’ll join Ratelle and Gilbert above the Madison Square Garden rink as one of the ten players to have their numbers retired by the team.
- The Rangers also announced the hiring of Steve Konowalchuk as an Amateur Scout, adding him to the organization after his year of coaching with the Anaheim Ducks. Konowalchuk was also formerly the head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds, and led them to a WHL Championship in 2017. The long-time NHL forward played 790 regular season games and scored 396 points. He’ll use his familiarity with the WHL to bring the next wave of talent to the Rangers organization.