Welcome to the 2021-22 NHL training camp buzz. With training camps open for all 32 teams, NHL.com has you covered with all the latest news.
New York Islanders
Anders Lee will play his first game since a knee injury sustained March 11 when the Islanders face the Philadelphia Flyers in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Tuesday.
The captain will be on a line with center Mathew Barzal and right wing Kyle Palmieri, coach Barry Trotz said. He’s skated with teammates since the start of the Islanders’ first on-ice session of training camp Sept. 23.
“He’s excited about getting in,” Trotz said. “He’s confident that he’s ready to go. That’s all good news for us.”
Lee missed the final two months of last season and the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs, where New York lost Game 7 of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Semifinals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored 12 goals in 27 games prior to the injury. — Brian Compton
Yanni Gourde skated with the Kraken on Monday wearing a regular jersey.
The forward had been participating in a red non-contact jersey. He was expected to be out two months after having shoulder surgery in July.
“I just need to just to get some more reps and I think when I wear red (jersey), guys are super careful out there and you don’t do much, so I need to get a little bit more bumps in,” Gourde said. “It just doesn’t mean much. I mean it’s just a different color. We’re still working. It’s a work in process to get back in shape and get back, ready to play, but we’re not there yet.”
The Kraken begin their inaugural season at the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 12.
Coach Dave Hakstol said Gourde will not be rushed into the lineup before he’s ready.
“Our medical group has a real specific plan for him,” Hakstol said. “He’s still on limited contact and he’s working real hard at everything that he can do to be ready, but there’s a plan in place for him and he’s still on limited contact.”
Gourde was selected from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. He last played July 7 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens, when he helped the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions. — Andy Edie
Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos said he is feeling much better physically during training camp than he did three months ago when the forward helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup for the second straight season.
Stamkos, who missed the final 16 games of the 2020-21 regular season with a lower-body injury before returning for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, confirmed Monday that he had knee surgery during that absence.
“The way things kind of went towards the end of the year and having a little surgery before the playoffs and coming back and feeling, probably not as well as I wanted to, but good enough to play and contribute,” Stamkos said. “That’s what I’m just comparing it to — how I ended off the season to how I’m feeling now — and I’m definitely in a much better place than I was.”
He said at the start of camp that he was able to go through a normal offseason conditioning program.
“It’s just constant work,” Stamkos said.” You put in the work in the gym and on the ice and the body will respond. It’s been good so far.”
The Lightning open the regular season at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 12. — Corey Long