Jussi Jokinen has been paired with fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov during the early days of training camp.
Jokinen has been occupying the left wing. "Obviously, the Finnish connection, you'd like to have them together," said Panthers coach Gerard Gallant. "But we'll see how things go in the lineup and see how they play." Jokinen is expected to help Florida on the power play and in shootouts this season after he inked a four-year, $16 million contract on the first day of free agency.
Michal Neuvirth is glad to be reunited with Arturs Irbe in Buffalo.
He posted a 27-12-4 record with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 48 games as a member of the Washington Capitals under the tutelage of Irbe. "We had a great time together in Washington, and hopefully we're going to do the same here," Neuvirth said. "I trust him. I feel like he's trusted me." Neuvirth has a shot at becoming Buffalo's starting netminder this year.
Jhonas Enroth understands the importance of the upcoming season for him, as he looks to prove that he can be an NHL starter.
"It's a really important season for me, and I'm looking forward to it," said Enroth, who spent the last four seasons backing up Ryan Miller. "I see myself more as a potential starter. When Ryan was here it wasn't really the same thing. You knew he was going to be the guy, and obviously for good reason. It's a little bit different story this time." Enroth will compete for playing time with Michal Neuvirth this campaign and training camp should determine who gets the nod on opening night.
Andre Benoit logged 23:11 of ice time in Sunday's preseason loss to Washington.
Only defense partner Rasmus Ristolainen (23:17) played more on the Sabres in a 1-0 defeat. Both players finished a minus-1 rating. Buffalo wants Benoit to act as a leader on the club even though he has just 120 NHL contests in his career. Benoit, who turned 30 in January, broke out last season with the Colorado Avalanche. He registered seven goals, 28 points and 113 shots in 79 games.
Adam McQuaid suited up in Sunday's team scrimmage.
He was limited to just 30 games last season and he underwent surgery on his ankle in May. McQuaid looks like he'll be ready for the start of the season. The stay-at-home defender has one season left on his contract before he can be an unrestricted free agent.
Dennis Seidenberg played in Sunday's Black and Gold scrimmage.
It confirmed that his recovery from knee surgery went well and that he'll be ready to go for the 2014-15 season. Seidenberg's steadiness on the blueline was missing from the Bruins for most of last year after he had surgery to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee.
Brad Marchand's off-season work on his conditioning has been evident during the first few days of training camp.
"He and Bergy (Patrice Bergeron), they've both had been a half-step ahead," said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. "They're playing well. We talked a little bit (after last season) about his conditioning, and he was going to try some different things. He wasn't entirely happy with his play, and I know we weren't. He said he was going to work hard at his conditioning this summer and I think we're seeing a good start to that." Marchand said he feels quicker and his comfort with the puck has increased as well.
Michael Frolik wants to work with the Jets on a long-term deal during the 2014-15 season.
"We were talking about the longer term, but a couple of numbers didn't match up," said Frolik, who received a one-year, $3.3 million contract in July "I think we can start talking again in (January). But I am happy here and if something came up longer-term, I would be happy to do it." Frolik had 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games last season.