The news for Team Canada went from bad to worse to hmm.
The World Juniors team had been awake for nearly 30 hours — including for their bronze medal loss to Russia and flights to Helsinki and London — when they landed at Heathrow to find out their flight to Canada had been delayed a further 12 hours.
But in the time between landing in London and getting squirreled away for a day in an airport hotel, they received word that the NHL lockout would be ending.
Clearly exhausted after their flights, and frustrated at the delays that would see them — at best — getting back home in the wee hours of Monday morning — some perked up at the news they would be soon in long-awaited NHL camps.
“Can’t wait,” said goalie Malcolm Subban. “I’m tired, but, I want to go to camp.”
Some gathered around computers that needed one-pound coins to be operated to learn about the contents of the CBA they’d be playing under.
“I guess that’s not bad,” said Leaf prospect defenceman Morgan Rielly, referring to the cap at seven years for free agents.
Hockey Canada asked that the players not be interviewed.
The team has a number of players who would likely go to NHL camps once they receive official word.
Rielly will head to Leafs camp, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will of course return to the Edmonton Oilers.
Among the others: Subban and Dougie Hamilton to the Bruins; Mark Sheifele to the Winnipeg Jets; Jonathan Huberdeau to the Florida Panthers; Ryan Murphy to the Carolina Hurricanes; Scott Harrington to the Pittsburgh Penguins; and Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Strome to the New York Islanders.