The first day of training camp, the NHL usually has a strict fitness test for players.
But when the Golden knights appeared in the city at the National arena on Monday after a four months break due to the epidemic of mers had the right to work.
Not a temporary transfer. No oxygen tests on a stationary bike. And defenseman Deryk Engelland was almost flippant about it.
“The best part is: no testing,” he said. “We worked very hard in the last five weeks on the ice. I think it will pay off. We can intervene and maybe work more on the systems than to get back in shape, because we do it as long as the whole group here.”
Camps were opened by the League Monday after the NHL and players Association the NHL has ratified to return to the game guide and a new collective agreement on Friday, paving the way to a 24-team tournament playoffs.
Great to be back on the ice with the whole team again. The boys look good.
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The knights were scheduled to leave for Edmonton, Alberta, July 26 and will play a friendly match on a date to be determined.
Round Robin starts on Aug. 3 when the knights take on the Dallas to the Western conference quarterfinals of the Open Aug. 11.
Knights 31 of the 33 players on their training camp registry to participate on Monday. The team was divided into two groups and practiced for 30 minutes each to 20 minutes of scrimmage.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury did not skate, and coach Pete Deboer said it was a day of service that was not associated with positive COVID-19 test.
In addition, 19-year-old Peyton Krebs, expected to debut on Tuesday after the last day of his mandatory quarantine.
“Our message in the group today was, I really liked how we played going into the break,” said Deboer, whose team has won 11 of 13 to earn in the Pacific division and while in the qualifying round. “I thought our system was in a good location, we started playing together, we were able to plug guys In and out of the lineup and not lose a step.
“How do we get back to this again? For me, like any camp, this is about starting from the Foundation and to approach this again.”
Deboer had four months to settle his forward combinations in the playoffs and kept the top two lines intact to start. William Karlsson, center Max pacioretty and mark stone, while Paul Stastny was surrounded by Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith.
However, Deboer tinkered with his bottom six, Nicholas Roy started centering the third line with Chandler Stephenson in the left wing and Alex Touch to take the right wing. Tuh missed the last 12 games before the break with a lower body injury.
On the fourth line, Nick cousins center wings William carrier and Ryan Reaves, while Tomas Nosek skated on a line with extra forward gage Quinney and Keegan Kolesár.
“We played a little together before the break,” cousins said. “I hope we will find some chemistry in camp. We have been here two weeks before we go, but these two funny guys to play.”
Marchessault thinks it will be one of the most competitive off of a Stanley Cup ever, almost every team at full strength coming out of pause. The left wing came to training camp with his beard in the full mode of the playoffs.
“I had more, but I shaved it and I regretted it immediately after that,” Marchessault. “So, then, I just let it grow and I’m ready for it.”
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