NHL Buzz: Hoffman to make Blues debut against Avalanche

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St. Louis Blues

Mike Hoffman will make his debut for the St. Louis Blues against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on Friday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ALT, FS-MW, NHL.TV).

The forward skated at right wing on a line with left wing Jaden Schwartz and center Robert Thomas during the Blues’ morning skate.

Hoffman was unable to play in St. Louis’ 4-1 season-opening win against Colorado on Wednesday while waiting for his work visa to be approved. 

Hoffman signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Blues on Monday. He had been with them during training camp after signing a professional tryout contract (PTO) on Dec. 27.

“It was a bit of a surprise last game for everybody, including him,” ooach Craig Berube said. “Disappointing, he obviously wanted to play his first game as a Blue. He’ll get his first opportunity tonight.”

Detroit Red Wings

Bobby Ryan is expected to make his Detroit Red Wings debut against the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D+, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

The forward, who agreed to a one-year contract Oct. 9, did not play in the Red Wings’ season-opening 3-0 home loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury sustained during training camp.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the Red Wings likely would spot Ryan in at 5-on-5 so he can get his legs under him. They hope he can help most on the power play. Detroit went 0-for-2 in the opener.

“I’m just happy to be back in whatever role that they give me,” said Ryan, who is entering his 14th NHL season “After missing the most important week of training camp, I’ll play wherever. It doesn’t bother me.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika

Anaheim Ducks

Ben Hutton signed a one-year contract with the Ducks on Friday. Financial terms were not announced.

The 27-year-old defenseman scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 65 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season.

The Ducks play the Vegas Golden Knight at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, PRIME, FS-SD, NHL.TV).

Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the fifth round (No. 147) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Hutton has scored 86 points (15 goals, 71 assists) in 341 NHL games with the Canucks and Kings.

Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach were placed on long-term injured reserve on Thursday.

Toews, a center, did not attend training camp because of medical reasons and there is no timetable for his return.

The Blackhawks captain scored 60 points (18 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games last season and had scored at least 20 goals in his 12 previous NHL seasons.

Dach, a forward, is expected to be out 4-5 months after having surgery on his right wrist in December.

He was injured playing for Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship after he collided with Russia forward Ilya Safonov in a pre-tournament game Dec. 23.

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