Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/1/13
Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wing are in store for a season that will be busier than usual. Especially in the next six months. "We've got a lot going on don't we?" the Red Wings veteran goaltender said. "Winter Classic. A lot of guys here are trying for Olympic spots. 'HBO 24-7.' It's going to be pretty hectic around here." Yes it is. The Olympic preparation has already begun for Howard even though he's still almost two weeks away from hitting the ice for training camp. Howard was at Team USA's Olympic orientation camp last week along with teammates Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser. They're among 48 players hoping to represent the United States at the Winter Olympic Games in February at Sochi Russia. "A lot of video a lot of systems and a lot of media" is the way Howard summed up the orientation camp. "That was basically it." Now Howard is back in Detroit skating informally with teammates at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for the upcoming season and the Red Wings' move to the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are joining the Atlantic Division which will include Original Six rivals Montreal Toronto and Boston as well as Buffalo Florida Ottawa and Tampa Bay. "It's a little bit of a transition" Howard admitted. "You know who the stars are. New conference there's going to definitely be a transition of learning everyone's tendency especially the role guys. Learning teams how they play. "Having (Daniel Alfredsson) around and some of the other guys who have played in the East is really good." Alfredsson formerly of the Ottawa Senators signed with the Red Wings as a free agent in July along with fellow forward Stephen Weiss who is also familiar with the Eastern Conference after playing his entire career with the Florida Panthers.
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