"I'm not trying to be secretive, but we're still juggling things," Holmgren said. "Without giving away any details, secrets, we'll know [today]. Nothing needs to be finalized from our standpoint until 5 p.m. [today]. That's when I'll make everyone aware of what we're doing. I'm trying to decide what's best."
Holmgren said he didn't foresee any changes coming by trade, though it's clear they'd like to shed salary on defense if possible. One thing is for certain: 19-year-old Scott Laughton isn't going anywhere. Not yet, anyway. He will start the season with the team.
Defenseman Hal Gill, who has been in training camp on a tryout, is still with the team. Holmgren was scheduled to have a meeting yesterday with Gill, 38. It's unclear whether he will be a part of the mix, which could depend on numbers.
Jake Voracek (upper body) skated for 35 to 40 minutes yesterday before leaving practice early. That was part of the plan, according to Holmgren. Claude Giroux's winger appeared to hurt his lower back when crashing into the post in last Tuesday's exhibition loss to the Devils.
"I have no doubt in saying he will be a player on Wednesday," Holmgren said.
- Frank Seravalli