Training camps used to be a place where NHL players reunited, got back on their skates and started to think about getting in shape for the regular season. That is no longer the case, as returning players are expected to have spent the better part of the offseason working out diligently and focusing on the upcoming season.
With this year's compressed schedule and the Sochi Olympics on the horizon, players want to start peaking much earlier than usual. A poor October could mean that playoff hopes will begin to fade for some clubs, and individual players could find themselves no longer being considered for a highly coveted Olympic roster spot.
Training camps have seen some fierce battles for spots, and preseason games—such as recent tilts between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres, and the Edmonton Oilers versus the Vancouver Canucks—featured some spirited play.
With this in mind, let's explore the biggest takeaway from every NHL team's training camp so far.
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