On the verge of a lockout, the Detroit Red Wings announced that their annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament, hosting up to eight teams this year, has been canceled for this season.
Due to the uncertainty between the NHL and NHLPA, the team decided that it was best to not have the tournament this year. Last year, the Buffalo Sabres prospects had beaten the New York Rangers prospects in the final game to win the trophy, with Luke Adam captaining the team. They showed a bunch of the games on MSG which were fun to see and gave us a little tease of hockey before the actual season had began.
This being the first thing canceled with a little less than a month left of negotiations is beginning to worry me. I know it’s only one thing and the Sabres had only participated in it one time (they were going to return this year), but after hearing about the widening gap between both sides, it’s concerning. It makes you wonder if soon the league will speak about canceling training camps before anything is even decided. We’ll have to keep a lookout in the news these next few weeks to see what unfolds.
The other seven teams that were supposed to participate in this year’s tournament were the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues.