Training Camp Buzz: Caufield out one week for Canadiens


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Montreal Canadiens

Cole Caufield will be out for a week for the Canadiens with an upper-body injury.

The 20-year-old forward was pulled from their Red vs. White intrasquad game on Sunday after warmups for precautionary reasons.

Caufield had two shots on goal in 17:23 of ice time during Montreal’s 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the preseason opener at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday.

The Canadiens will be without forward Mike Hoffman (lower body) for at least the first week of the regular season. The injury occurred before Hoffman got to Montreal and he’s expected to be sidelined up to four weeks. Montreal opens the season at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 13.

Forward Brendan Gallagher is expected to play in the third preseason game (Oct. 1), coach Dominique Ducharme said Saturday. Gallagher has been absent from camp for personal reasons.


Detroit Red Wings

Jakub Vrana will see a specialist Monday for a shoulder injury sustained in practice Saturday.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said the injury occurred during the first 10 minutes of practice. Vrana was participating in camp for the first day because of visa issues.


Florida Panthers

Sergei Bobrovsky will enter the season as the starting goalie for the Panthers, coach Joel Quenneville said.

“‘Bob’s’ got the net and (Spencer Knight) is going to be the guy learning and observing,” Quenneville said Saturday. “I’m not going to say we’re going to budget him at so many games and Spencer at so many games, but Bob’s going to have the workload, and then off of that ‘Spence’ pushes him in some areas and some ways. It’s a healthy situation when you look at it.”

Bobrovsky started 30 games for the Panthers last season; Chris Driedger, who signed with the Seattle Kraken, started 23. Knight started three games in the regular season and two in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Every situation, the coaches decide who is going to be in and my job is to be ready and to be prepared when my turn is to show my best,” Bobrovsky said. “This is a new opportunity. I’m going to prepare myself to play my best hockey.”

Knight started the second of Florida’s two split-squad games against the Nashville Predators on Sunday. He made 29 saves in a 3-1 win.

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