Many veteran hockey players come to training camp with the idea of getting into game shape and then fighting to stay sharp through the monotony of workouts and preseason games.
Top-6 forwards and top-4 defensemen know they are virtually assured of their roster spots. They don't have to go to training camp so they can win a place on the roster and assure themselves of a high salary.
However, nothing lasts forever and players who were solid veterans a few years ago may be hanging on for dear life this time around. Due to age, salary-cap considerations or diminished skills, the following players will have to earn their jobs this year.