A little time away is a refreshing escape from reality

The season is long and grueling. There isn't much time to escape. That's why a voyage to the hinterlands during exhibition season is refreshing.

Updated: September 13, 2007, 5:27 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

It's semantics, of course, when it comes down to defining what is and isn't "training camp," whether that means in the NHL collective bargaining agreement or in the stands at the practice rink.

Fact of the matter is, 14 guys -- some of them not even from the local team -- getting together, ahem, "on their own" to skate and even scrimmage on the rink for as long as a month before the official reporting date is the norm, rather than the exception. The era of some guys staying off ...

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