WILMINGTON -- Prince of Passion Cam Neely was a back-row-of-the-bleachers observer inside the ever-frosty rink.
Neely was joined by GM Peter Chiarelli, who made it to the top row despite hobbling with crutches. Chiarelli tore cartilage in his right knee over the summer (no, not wrestling with Wade Arnott, agent for Phil Kessel) and had it cleaned up Monday with an arthroscopic procedure.
The GM's salary will not come off the club's salary cap.
Meanwhile, Marco Sturm says he is back feeling 100 percent after missing much of last sesaon due to knee surgery.
''Sometimes in games, it takes me 5-10 minutes to get it going,'' said the speedy, versatile winger, who has switched back and forth at left and right wing thus far this season. ''But I've talked to the trainers, and I guess it is normal, so....''