Bishop plans to play this season, but there’s no timetable for a potential return. Plus, training camp observations, things get wilder in Buffalo, and more.
Heading into this season, most Dallas Stars fans have written off the possibility of a Ben Bishop return. The prevailing belief is that he will most likely stay on LTIR for the entirety of the regular season.
But that’s now how Bishop himself views things. The goaltender plans to return sometime this season — he just needs to feels confident with his surgically repaired knee:
“I don’t feel rusty,” Bishop said. “It’s more just getting that strength and trust back in that knee. It’s been a long time. You can take shots all you want, but as far as battling through screens and whatnot and getting that trust back in the leg, it’s more the hurdle you have to get over. As far as hand-eye and feeling it, I feel like I haven’t missed a beat.”
When might that be? That’s the 4.9 million dollar question. Stars General Manager Jim Nill said there’s no timetable currently, and any return would ultimately hinge on how Bishop himself feels:
“He doesn’t even know, that’s the tough part,” Nill said. “For me to sit here and say where he is at, Ben’s the one that knows that. Right now, he doesn’t even know. That’s why we’re in this process, it’s been a year and a half now… We’re going to watch him, but he’s the one that’s going to have to tell us if he’s a player or not.”
You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.
Alexander Radulov has also undergone surgery, and now he’s feeling his better than he has for a long time:
Since 2015-16, Alexander Radulov battled a chronic core injury that was treated by surgery earlier this year.
“It’s a great feeling when you can go and compete as a normal hockey player instead of always thinking ‘What if I do this? What if I do that?'” https://t.co/dxSxYI6iyJ
— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) September 24, 2021
And here’s Saad Yousuf with notes from all over the first day of training camp:
Full dispatch from Day 1 of Stars training camp, from health updates, lines and Joel L’Esperance explaining why he chose to not get vaccinated.
Stars training camp Day 1: Ben Bishop health update, a player’s vaccination decision, line combos and more https://t.co/ouP9NXbiV4
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) September 24, 2021
Around the League
Evander Kane has been cleared of gambling allegations by the NHL, but is now under investigation for unrelated incidents:
Full release from NHL clearing Evander Kane of gambling allegations. However, Kane is now under investigation for “additional unrelated alllegations.” pic.twitter.com/WkUsMYIWqn
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 22, 2021
Expect the stands to be full this season, albeit with some mandates varying from place to place:
The NHL is expecting full capacity in 30 buildings to start the season. That, plus the latest on fan vaccine and mask mandates: https://t.co/wNDvyjmQE1
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 24, 2021
The Jack Eichel situation keeps getting uglier, as the Buffalo Sabres have stripped his captaincy:
“I spoke to Jack two days ago, I spoke to the team yesterday and addressed this, Jack Eichel is no longer the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. From our perspective, the captain is your heartbeat of your team, and we are in a situation where we felt we needed to make that decision.” pic.twitter.com/K0vajWnCR0
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 23, 2021
There’s two sides to every coin, but it sure does look like one side is a lot worse here:
The Buffalo Sabres are flat-out wrong in their treatment of Jack Eichel. https://t.co/Acz4mDIysx
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) September 23, 2021
This is just sad — Edmonton Oilers goaltender Alex Stalock will be out the entire 2021-22 season:
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Alex Stalock is expected to miss the entire 2021-22 NHL season due to a heart condition he developed after contracting COVID-19 last season.https://t.co/glIgAsE2Ki
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 22, 2021
Cross-checking is going under the microscope this season:
The NHL has declared war on cross-checking this season, including suspensions for certain types of them. My column on what you can expect from the refs, and how the players really feel about it. https://t.co/iSW5zLxzIh
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 23, 2021
Olympic hockey is just around the corner:
♀️ 3-17 February 2022
♂️ 9-20 February 2022
READ MORE⤵️ https://t.co/0S6LN3ENA0
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) September 23, 2021
Dread it. Run from it. Jersey advertisements still arrive: