No. Not the program. There is, however, a rather important scrimmage tonight. (Live right now!) This is Team Canada's scrimmage during camp. As Sid has mentioned in interviews, it's like an All-Star game. There are so many talented Canadians on the roster tonight. It's going to be interesting to read up on how they pair well together. There has been a lot of talk about who will be captaining this year. Sidney is definitely a frontrunner, I believe, though he has not been a captain too long. However, this kid is special and it really doesn't matter. He deals with immense pressure every day of his life being the captain of the Penguins and he handles it so well. His competition looks to be Scott Niedermayer. Coach Mike Babcock has thrown his name out to the press and then tried to downplay it so we shall see. Tonight we'll see Sidney on a line with Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla. Everyone's been talking about that all week and it was confirmed tonight. That is just a top notch line right there. Sid will play center while Nash will take his left side and Iggy will fill the right spot.
Here are the teams/defensive parings tonight via NHL.com
Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Dany Heatley
Brenden Morrow-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
Milan Lucic-Andy McDonald-Dan Cleary
Jordan Staal-Shane Doan
Scott Niedermayer-Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester-Brent Burns
Duncan Keith-Mike Green
Francois Beauchemin-Marc Staal
Rick Nash-Sidney Crosby-Jarome Iginla
Derek Roy-Jonathan Toews-Martin St. Louis
Eric Staal-Jason Spezza-Corey Perry
Ryan Smyth-Vincent Lecavalier-Patrick Sharp
Chris Pronger-Dan Boyle
Robyn Regehr-Drew Doughty
Dion Phaneuf-Mike Green
Dan Hamhuis-Stephane Robidas
Oh how I wish I could be in Calgary tonight and get to watch this scrimmage! Unfortunately, I'm a bit south of the Canadian border tonight in CA. Luckily for me, at least, Dan Rosen over at NHL.com is live blogging!
Here's a small sample I felt was worthy to mention:
14:30: All three Staal brothers are on the ice right now. I think it's the first time they have all been out there together tonight. Somewhere in Thunder Bay, Henry and Linda Staal are proud.
That is awesome. Somewhere, I know someone is taking shots right now. Perhaps using Billy G's Cobra Scorpion Whiskey? :)
You can follow along with the live blog here.
Cheers everyone. It's almost preseason.