With the addition of so many offensive-minded players, from forwards Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish to defensemen Kim Johnsson and Petteri Nummelin, Lemaire said his big worry in training camp is that players mistakenly believe the team's system will suddenly alter to that of an offensive juggernaut. Strong play in its own zone and shutting down the neutral zone will continue to be the name of the game as far as Lemaire's concerned.
Lemaire has begun fiddling with lines on paper. Brian Rolston will start with Todd White and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Demitra will skate with Marian Gaborik, but he wants to talk with Demitra first before deciding if he'll play center or left wing.
"All the lines are done," Lemaire said, laughing. "They're all done for the first period because if it doesn't work, they won't stay together."
14 September 2006
It's the Most Wonderful Time
Got our season tickets yesterday. Camp starts today. Preseason games at the X next week. Up here on the Tundra, summer has to go, and leaves have to fall, and motorcycles have to get put away. However, something glorious arrives to occupy some of that space. It lasts until the snow goes away, leaves come back and motorcycles come out again.