Camp Buzz: Eichel, Ullmark practice with Sabres


Welcome to the 2020-21 NHL training camp buzz. Training camp is underway for all 31 teams and has you covered with all the latest news.

Buffalo Sabres

Jack Eichel and Linus Ullmark took part in practice with the Sabres for the first time during training camp on Wednesday.

Eichel, a center, had been listed as day to day since Friday with an upper-body injury sustained during training. Ullmark, a goalie, finished his quarantine because of an immigration issue.

Forward Zemgus Girgensons had surgery for a hamstring injury and is expected to be out six months.

Girgensons was helped off the ice after trying to check teammate Steven Fogarty in a scrimmage on Monday. Fogarty avoided the hit and Girgensons fell awkwardly.

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Washington Capitals

Zdeno Chara skated in the second practice group Tuesday and will join the main group Wednesday after missing the first day of Capitals training camp Monday while quarantining and following COVID-19 testing protocols. 

The 43-year-old defenseman had his physical Tuesday morning after completing his quarantine period. He was paired with Lucas Johansen, the 23-year-old younger brother of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen.

“He’s been cleared, so we’re excited to get him out on the ice and then he will join the first group tomorrow,” coach Peter Laviolette said.

The Capitals are looking forward to seeing what Chara can add to their defenseman group and locker room. He is beginning his 23rd NHL season and first for Washington after agreeing to a one-year, $795,000 contract Dec. 30.

“I’m really, really eager to meet him and get on the ice with him and bounce things off of him,” defenseman Brenden Dillon said. “I think for our locker room he’s going to be a terrific add.” — Tom Gulitti


Toronto Maple Leafs

Alexander Kerfoot was injured during practice, and the center will likely be unable to participate for the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

“[He] went down and got a little banged up,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “He’s going to get evaluated tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes. I would say he’s probably doubtful to skate tomorrow but it’s looking like he’ll be day to day from here. We’ll find out more tomorrow.”

Kerfoot started training camp on a line with Zach Hyman and Ilya Mikheyev. — Mike Zeisberger

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