Welcome to the 2020-21 NHL training camp buzz. The seven teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season began training camp on Thursday. The other 24 teams will begin on Sunday.
Here’s a look around the League at the latest from training camps:
Jack Eichel did not practice with the Sabres on Friday because of an upper-body injury sustained during training.
Eichel, who is day to day, led the Sabres in goals (36), assists (42) and points (78) in 68 games last season. The center has scored at least 24 goals and 56 points in each of his five NHL seasons.
Goalie Linus Ullmark is quarantining because of an immigration issue and was not at practice. He is expected to be available in a few days.
San Jose Sharks
Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl are healthy and will be on the ice when the Sharks skate for the first time Friday.
Karlsson missed San Jose’s final 13 games last season because of a broken thumb, and Hertl missed the final 18 games after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee.
The Sharks, who opened training camp with testing and other administrative protocols Thursday, were one of seven teams that did not make the Stanley Cup Qualifiers last season. They last played a game on March 11.
“I feel good now,” Karlsson said Thursday. “I don’t think it should be anything that’s going to be lingering.”
Karlsson, who scored 40 points (six goals, 34 assists) in 56 games last season, said he has been training and skating at his offseason home in Ottawa since June.
“I’m not going to say I’ve gone full speed at all times, but the set up I have had access to up in Ottawa has been really safe and remarkable,” Karlsson said. “I’ve got no complaints.”
Hertl, who scored 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 48 games last season, said his leg muscles have gotten big enough through his rehabilitation that he can’t fit into his suit pants anymore.
“I’m ready to play,” he said. — Dan Rosen
The Bruins are expected to name a captain prior to the season, general manager Don Sweeney said Thursday.
Defenseman Zdeno Chara, who was captain for the past 14 seasons from 2006-20, agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
“I think it’s an obvious decision and one that we’ll make in a respectful manner at an appropriate time,” Sweeney said. “We will allow this some time to breathe for Zdeno and his decision. We’ll make a decision moving forward.”
Center Patrice Bergeron has been an alternate captain since the 2006-07 season, and center David Krejci since the 2013-14 season.
“There’s no question Patrice is going to be the next captain of the Boston Bruins,” Chara said Thursday. “I think everybody knows that. I think he’s absolutely the right person to have as the captain. … So I can’t imagine anybody else to be the captain and I’m truly very, very happy that he’s going to be the next captain because he really deserves it and I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for the Bruins, for me personally, supporting our kind of vision and leading together in Boston. I’m very happy for him.”
There are six other NHL teams that do not have a captain: the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights. — Amalie Benjamin