With the Washington Capitals, he watched Alex Ovechkin burst onto the scene in 2005. Now with the Toronto Maple Leafs some 11 years later, he has a ringside seat for Auston Matthews‘ debut. “It puts a big smile on your face,” Laich, a 12-year veteran, said about watching Matthews.
The Florida Panthers had a bit of a scare during the 2016 World Cup when defenseman Aaron Ekblad, while playing for Team North America, was injured in a first-round game against Finland that kept him out for the remainder of the tournament. On Saturday, Ekblad was back on the ice for the Panthers doing some individual workouts following the injury. “Ekblad is going to be fine,” Panthers coach Gerard Galant said, via Alain Poupart of NHL.com. “You see him out there skating already. I think it was a little scary, but he feels real good. He’s going to skate and see how he feels, but everything looks good.” It was initially reported that Ekblad had a concussion, but it was later reported to be a
On the first day of his first training camp with the Washington Capitals, center Lars Eller got two new linemates, a preview of who he might be playing with this season. Eller was paired with Justin Williams and Marcus Johansson, and while it’d be silly to assume that those three will stay together based off one day of training camp, it gave Eller a glimpse of the talent he could be skating beside on a third line. “Very exciting,” Eller said. “I would love to play with those guys. I expect to be playing with quite a few different guys, not only preseason but probably also in season, but we’ll see. I would be thrilled to play with those two.” Now that Eller and his family have settled into Washington