With the lockout over, Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is getting set for the start of training camp. He expects to have around 25 players in camp, likely five forward lines with eight defencemen plus goalies.
However, forward Ryan Jones won't be there. "They were training, and an errant puck came up off a stick and hit him on the side of his eye," said Tambellini, adding that Jones won't be able to play for several weeks. The injury happened about a week ago.
Defenceman Andy Sutton was injured in off-season training and will also miss camp.
The Oilers won't have a lot of time to prepare for the start of the regular season, but that doesn't worry Tambellini. "Our coaches are so ready," he said. Head coach Ralph Krueger and his assistants have been devising plans for different lengths of training camp and different scenarios involving exhibition games and call-ups from Oklahoma City.
Tambellini hopes to know more about the start date for camp and possible pre-season games by Sunday night. (jrw)