NHL Training Camp Buzz: Healthy point for Lightning

tampa bay lightning

brayden point He said he is completely healthy entering training camp and has recovered from the tear in his right quadriceps.

Point was injured in the first period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 14. The forward missed the next 10 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before returning for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Avalanche Colorado. He was in the Game 2 lineup before sitting out the rest of the series.

“I feel good,” Point said Wednesday. “It was a bit of a long recovery process, but I feel good coming into camp. No pain.”

Point said he was more conservative with his recovery, compared to when he missed 14 games with an upper-body injury early last season, and wanted to be fully healed before starting his offseason workouts.

“I took my time with it,” Point said. “I would say it took another three weeks or a month into the season before he started to push again.”

Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said the forward antonio cirelli and defense Zach BogosianThey are still expected to return between late November and early December. — corey long

the toronto maple leaves

Timothy Liljegren He will be out at least six weeks after undergoing hernia surgery on Friday.

“We’re looking at an early to mid-November return if all goes well,” Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said.

Liljegren, a defenseman, had NHL career highs in games (61), goals (five), assists (18) and points (23) last season.

Pierre Engvall He will also be out for the start of training camp after suffering a foot injury while training in Sweden this offseason. The striker will be re-evaluated the week of Oct. 3, Dubas said.

Engvall set NHL career highs for goals (15), assists (20) and points (35) in 78 games last season.

Dubas said he is hopeful Engvall can be available for pre-session games. The Maple Leafs play the first of seven preseason games on Saturday.

“We have to do what’s best for him in the long run, so we’ll wait for that update on October 3,” Dubas said.

Toronto begins the regular season at the Montreal Canadiens on October 12. — Dave McCarthy

Detroit Red Wings

Andrew Copp he will be out for training camp and could miss the start of the regular season after the forward had abdominal surgery in the offseason, Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said.

“We expect him to be back no later than the first week of the regular season,” Yzerman said of Copp, who signed a five-year deal with Detroit on July 13. “I don’t expect him to participate in the preseason games, but I expect him to be ready about a week, if not sooner, in the regular season.”

The Red Wings begin the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens on October 14.

Yzerman provided a “cautious” estimate that striker robby fabriwho underwent surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on March 10, will be ready to play, “sometime after January 1, maybe January 15, there.”

defending brand pysykwho is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, is also expected to return in January, and defender jake walmanwho is recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to return in mid-November, Yzerman said.

Also, go ahead Chase Pearson he will miss training camp and will be out indefinitely for personal reasons. –Tom Gulitti

calgary flames

Andres Mangiapane he will miss the first few days of training camp due to an injury sustained this offseason.

“He had a fit over a few summer skids,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “We anticipate that it will be very short term. He is skating alone right now with our medical staff, our skills and development people. He will probably rejoin the group in the next couple of days.”

Mangiapane, a forward, held NHL career highs in goals (35), assists (20), points (55) and games played (82). As a restricted free agent, he signed a three-year contract on August 2.

Christopher Tanevwho suffered a dislocated shoulder in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Dallas Stars on May 13, is expected to be ready when the ice portion of camp begins Thursday.

The defender was originally expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing surgery in June.

“We may not initially play it in the preseason games, the first preseason games, but we anticipate it will be packed here starting tomorrow,” Treliving said.

defending Oliver Kylington (staff) will miss the start of camp.

Brett Ritchie signed a one-year, $750,000 deal on Wednesday. The 29-year-old forward had four points (three goals, one assist) in 41 games with Calgary last season and has 72 points (42 goals, 30 assists) in 341 regular-season games with the Flames, Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars. . — Aaron Vickers

Edmonton Oilers

Mike Smith He failed his physical and will be placed on long-term injured reserve, Oilers general manager Ken Holland said.

The goalie, who is in the final season of a two-year deal, went 21-6-2 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 32 regular-season games last season. (30 starts) and helped the Oilers. advance to the Western Conference Finals.

Smith had previously said he hadn’t decided if he would play this season, and mikko koskinen, Edmonton’s other goalkeeper last season, signed to play in Europe. The Oilers signed jack campbell to a five-year contract on July 13.

Holland said defense cody ceci has a hamstring injury that will keep him out of training camp for at least three days and defense Slater Koekkoek (staff) will be out of the team indefinitely.

The Netherlands was also hopeful that ahead Ryan McLeodwho is a restricted free agent, would be signed soon.

“He had a physical today, he talked to his agent yesterday, we’re going to talk again this afternoon, so hopefully we can find a solution,” Holland said. “I hope tomorrow is on the ice.”

McLeod had 22 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 71 games last season.

new york rangers

Sammy Blais he’s healthy and will start training camp at right wing on the top line with center Mika Zibanejad and left wing chris kreider after missing the final 67 games last season and all 20 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

“Sammy is 100 percent,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We got good news about him about a month ago. Everything is fine. He looks skinny. He’s skated. He’s worked out. He’s tired of doing that and he’s ready to play hockey. It’s really positive.”

Blais, who did not play after suffering the injury on Nov. 14, had four assists in 14 games last season.

Vitaly Kravtsov will start camp as the right wing in the second line with the left wing artemi panarin and center Vicente TrocheckGallardo said.

Kravtsov, the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, spent the last season playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia after he was one of the Rangers’ final cuts in training camp.

“He got here in early July and started working out and skating,” Gallant said. “He put in a lot of effort to come here and work hard, do the things that we want from him for our team. I talked to him a little bit a month ago and basically said, ‘Here’s an opportunity. We need him to be a good player in our team, but you have to accept it. We’re not going to give you anything. You saw how our team played last year. That’s what we expect from everyone. And it was really good.” –Dan Rosen

colorado avalanche

Valeri Nichushkin He will miss the start of training camp with a foot injury but could be available for the Avalanche when the regular season begins Oct. 12, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

“He’s [one of the guys who isn’t ready to start camp]. He’s back to skating and he’s close,” Bednar said of the forward, who signed an eight-year deal with Colorado on July 11. “Hopefully we’ll have him by the start of the regular season, but he won’t be in full swing tomorrow. . Morning.”

Nichushkin suffered the injury during the Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning and nearly missed Game 6. –Ryan Boulding

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