I've been fighting off frequent fits of boredom this afternoon, which will quickly be remedied when I depart for Reelfoot Lake in west Tennessee. I've never been there, but they say it's beautiful.
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Here's some of the latest signings and players you can expect to see in camps:
Thrashers: Tobias Enström (D, SWE), Ondrej Pavelec (G, CZE- from QMJHL)
Coyotes: Martin Hanzal (F, CZE- from WHL)
Avalanche: Jaroslav Hlinka (F, CZE)
Kings: Erik Ersberg (G, SWE)
Lightning: Riku Helenius (G, FIN)
Blackhawks: Petri Kontiola (F, FIN), Niklas Hjalmarsson (D, SWE- will stay in Sweden)
Capitals: Sami Lepistö (D, FIN), Michal Neuvirth (G, CZE- from OHL)
Looking at some of these guys, Lepistö probably has the best shot at a roster- he's had a pair of 25-point seasons (this past year he played only 26 games due to injury, but still posted 10 points) in the SM-Liiga, which plays a 56-game season. I suspect he could have a great deal of success with the Capitals, a team that really didn't seem to do much offensively from the blue line.
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