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:
New York Rangers
Mika Zibanejad will not practice when the Rangers begin their on-ice sessions Monday and is day to day, general manager Jeff Gorton said.
The center led the Rangers with 41 goals last season, an NHL-career-high, and scored 75 points in 57 games to help New York advance to the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. He was second on the team in points behind forward Artemi Panarin (95).
Gorton said forward Justin Richards and goalie Keith Kinkaid will also not be available Monday and are day to day. — Dan Rosen
Jack Eichel did not practice with the Sabres on Saturday for the second straight day because of an upper-body injury sustained during training.
“Jack is day to day. He will be fine,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Friday. “We are being just cautious in the process, but we expect Jack here (in) the next couple of days.”
Eichel 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, who is quarantining because of an immigration issue, also missed practice for the second straight day. He is expected to be available in a few days.
“He’s had a tremendous preparation,” Krueger said. “There was a stall in the immigration process, but he’s in Buffalo and we just need to follow the proper processes. But it’s part of the advantage of having a few days extra (to start camp). … We expected possible complications, which we had one there, but everybody is in a good space and we’re interacting with them and we’re communicating with them, as we are with everybody.” — Tom Gulitti
Thomas Chabot, Erik Gudbranson and Brady Tkachuk were named alternate captains for the Senators.
The Senators have not had a captain for the past two seasons after trading defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks on Sept 13, 2018.
Chabot, a defenseman who served as an alternate captain in 2019-20, is entering his fifth season with the Senators; Tkachuk, a forward who is entering his third season, severed as alternate several times last season; Gudbranson, a defenseman, was acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 8, 2020.
There are six other NHL teams that do not have a captain: the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights.