Goaltender Frederik Andersen has arrived at Maple Leafs training camp leaner than the past, crediting change to his workout regimen and a commitment to analyzing his diet. Last year was the busiest season of Andersen's NHL career. Acquired via trade from the Anaheim Ducks and signed to a five-year, $25 million contract, he appeared in a career-high 66 regular-season games and posted a 33-16-14 record, a .918 save percentage, and four shutouts.
NO one was singing, “I love a parade” Monday night as a steady procession of Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild players headed to the penalty box. Referees Cameron Voss and Chris Lee were the grand marshalls at Bell MTS Place, handing out 17 minor penalties in the first NHL pre-season game for both Central Division clubs. Five of those calls were for slashing — all part of the league’s crackdown on stick swipes aimed in the general area of an opponent’s arms and hands. Michael Sgarbossa served the Jets’ only slashing minor, while the Wild were whistled on four stick fouls. Constant interruptions, overworked special teams units and lack of ice time for players hoping to make an impression made predictably
Regina Pats head coach/GM John Paddock believes the return of captain Sam Steel is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ The WHL’s reigning player of the year is away for training camp with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and is not expected back in time for Regina’s season opener on Friday against the host Brandon Wheat Kings. Although his absence leaves a gaping hole in the lineup of the 2018 Memorial Cup hosts, Paddock isn’t losing any sleep over it. “Maybe it’s because you try not to,” said the veteran bench boss. “We know he’s a really good player. We know he’s going to go to Anaheim and do his part. There wouldn’t be anything less expected.” Steel — a first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2016 NHL draft