14 July 2009

Wild Prospect Camp, Schedule, Lemaire moves on...

1) Prospect Camp

I had a great time at Wild Prospect Camp this summer. I've been in the building for select-a-seat when prospect camp was going on, but I've never gone to the open to the public scrimmage event before, so I didn't really know what to expect.

It was a great time. I won't pretend I have any scouting insights. Russo wrote a decent summary of the game events. Also, there were interviews (including Fletcher and Russo, also honorary coaches Burns and Clutterbuck).

But I would estimate about 3,000 fans showed up on a nice Sunday in July to get a little taste of winter. It was fun.

2) Schedule Tomorrow

The NHL will release their schedule probably tomorrow, in conjunction with an announcment at Fenway park, where all will expect confirmation of the worst kept secret in the NHL that the Bruins will be hosting the Winter Classic this season on New Years day at Fenway. Also keep in mind that this is an Olympic year, so there will be a break in the schedule so players can represent their countries at the Vancouver Games.

3) Lemaire to the Devils

This has been speculated on for a while, but former Wild and Devils head Coach Jacques Lemaire is again the head coach of the Devils. I didn't really think Lemaire would stay retired. I think he'll be around the game until he dies, and I can't help but wish him well in New Jersey. I'm glad he quit to avoid being fired by Riseborough, but I don't think Lamarillo is the easiest GM to work for either. Still I think he did a good job here, given he didn't have a great boss to work for.

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