Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Full rinks in Florida

With less than a week remaining before NHL training camps open, more players are taking part in informal drills and scrimmages down here in the Sunshine State.

Here's who's been signing at the Florida Panthers' practice facility in Coral Springs: Craig Anderson, Wade Belak, Radek Dvorak, Nathan Horton, Viktor Kozlov, Kamil Kreps, Bryan McCabe, Ville Peltonen, Alexei Semenov, Karlis Skrastins, Anthony Stewart, Stephen Weiss, Noah Welch, Tomas Vokoun and Richard Zednik.

No further word, though, on former NHL goalie Ed Belfour, who reportedly attended some of the earlier South Florida sessions.

Closer to home, scrimmages are drawing more Lightning players, including some new faces, to the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon: Matt Carle, Ryan Craig, Adam Hall, Jeff Halpern (not skating, though), David Koci, Mike Lundin, Ryan Malone, Janne Niskala, Michel Ouellet, Gary Roberts, Matt Smaby and Steven Stamkos.

Familar faces are Chris Gratton, Olaf Kolzig, Vinny Lecavalier, Shane O'Brien, Vinny Prospal, Karri Ramo, Paul Ranger, Mark Recchi, Mike Smith, Marty St. Louis and Jason Ward.

Dallas' Brad Richards, Ottawa's Filip Kuba and free agent Nolan Pratt have been around, too.

Thanks to Moody and Chris F. for the information.

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