The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks are set to kick off their 2010-2011 regular season against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday, October 7th at the Pepsi Center. Opening day will also feature the Pittsburgh Penguins introduce the new CONCOL Energy Center against their in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. Other October 7 matchups include Montreal at Toronto and Calgary at Edmonton.
The New York Rangers will begin their campaign Saturday, October 9th against the Buffalo Sabres before the Islanders welcome them into the Coliseum just two days later. A handful of teams are scheduled to showcase their talents in Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden and Prague, Czech Republic (Carolina vs Minnesota, San Jose vs Columbus, Boston vs Phoenix).
With the NHL draft approaching, numerous hockey clubs are looking to make moves early on before the new selections are set in stone. It’s been rumored for the Chicago front office to trade away someone like Kris Versteeg (guaranteed $3 million next season) for higher draft picks. “We know the draft is important to our franchise,” said Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. “If we can pick up another asset somewhere, that’s kind of our goal, because we have to continue to have young players developing and coming into our lineup each season.” More NHL updates to come right here at Ace!