Some of you have been asking, so I called Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and he confirmed that goaltender Mike McKenna has been invited to training camp as a tryout. He is not under contract.
McKenna, 26, played in 15 games last season for the Tampa Bay Lightning and went 4-8-1 with a 3.56 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage. Those are the only NHL games on his resume. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound St. Louis native was drafted in the sixth round (172nd overall) by Nashville in 2002.
Including McKenna, the Devils will have seven goaltenders in camp: Martin Brodeur, Yann Danis, Jeff Frazee, Gerald Coleman, Jeff Lerg, Dave Caruso (who played in Trenton and Lowell last season and also is not under contract) and McKenna.
Lamoriello said he has no plans for any other goaltenders to be in camp. So the competition to be Brodeur's backup will probably come down to Danis and Frazee. McKenna will at best be a longshot in that battle.
Lamoriello said it is possible that additional players (non-goalies) might also be invited to camp as tryouts, but none have so far.
The Devils' rookies open camp on Wednesday. The veterans report for physicals on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will be on the ice for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 13.