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 Thursday. The other 24 teams started Sunday.
Here’s a look around the League at the latest from training camps:
Anton Khudobin and Joe Pavelski are missing from the start of Dallas Stars training camp.
Khudobin is absent because of immigration issues. The Stars said they will announce the goalie’s availability to return to practice at the appropriate time.
Pavelski won’t be on the ice and the forward is day to day pending further results from medical testing.
Khudobin and Pavelski each played big roles in the Stars reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season. Khudobin went 14-10 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 25 games (24 starts). Pavelski scored 13 goals, second in the Stanley Cup Playoffs behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point (14).
Micheal Ferland will miss the start of the season because of concussion symptoms.
The forward, who missed 55 games last season because of the injury, did not score a point in two postseason games.
“He’ll continue to rehab,” general manager Jim Benning said. “And we’ll continue to hope he gets to feeling better and go from there.”
Benning also said the Canucks signed Travis Hamonic to a professional tryout contract (PTO). The 30-year-old defenseman, who scored 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 50 games for the Calgary Flames last season, began a seven-day quarantine when he arrived in Vancouver on Sunday. He then will be able to join training camp.
“He’s an experienced player, he can come in and help us,” Benning said. “…We’ll make a decision (on a contract) after camp. I’m excited he chose to come in and sign a PTO with us. I think he’ll help our back end and help develop our young players.” — Tracey Myers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joe Thornton will start training camp on a line with Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews, coach Sheldon Keefe said.
Thornton, who signed a one-year contract with Toronto on Oct. 16, scored 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 70 games for the San Jose Sharks last season. The 41-year-old center leads active NHL players in points (1,509) and assists (1,089).
Matthews, a center, led the Maple Leafs with 80 points (47 goals, 33 assists) in 70 games last season. Marner, a right wing, was second with 67 points (16 goals, 51 assists).
Keefe said Matthews would be the center with Thornton playing left wing.