Training Camp Buzz: Patrick says he’s ready to play in Flyers opener

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Philadelphia Flyers

Nolan Patrick said he was ready to play for the first time in over 21 months when the Flyers open the home season against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

Patrick, the second pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, missed all last season with a migraine disorder and hasn’t played since April 2, 2019. The center scored a goal and played center on a line with James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek during a Sunday scrum.

“I made a few mistakes there but my energy level was good, I thought our line created a lot of scoring opportunities,” said Patrick. “A lot of pleasure to be back there. … I feel really good and I will be ready for Wednesday. ”

Patrick also said he was happy with the chemistry he generated with his line mates.

“I played with both a lot,” he said. ” Play with [Voracek] a lot. We read each other and they’re both very smart players. It is easy to read them. I thought we were making good games tonight. ”

Coach Alain Vigneault said he thought Patrick was getting better as the melee progressed.

“I thought he did a lot of good things on the ice,” said Vigneault. “I thought this line had some chemistry and a good time. For him and for our team, this is a step in the right direction. “- Adam Kimelman

Diables du New Jersey

Nico Hischier It remains questionable to play in the season opener for the Devils while awaiting an update from medics on his injured foot.

“Nico is progressing well. He’s working and the (walking) boot is off, ”Managing Director Tom Fitzgerald said on Sunday. “I don’t really know when his next (doctor’s) appointment will be. He comes here for more imagery to see how far the healing process goes. Once he gets the green light, then it’s just a matter of comfort. is in the (hockey) boot.

“We have a great equipment staff so they’re going to make this transition as easy as possible for Nico. So really wait and see when this next meeting will take place. ”

New Jersey is scheduled to open the season against the Boston Bruins at home on Thursday. Hischier did not practice with the Devils during training camp, but did participate in off-ice training.

The forward said he was injured in December during an ice session in Switzerland. First pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he scored 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games last season and played his first All-Star game in the NHL. – Mike G. Morreale

Bruins de Boston

Brad Marchand did not participate in a scrum for the Bruins on Monday after leaving practice early Sunday.

« [Marchand] was not there, as a precaution, took a day off, ”said coach Bruce Cassidy.

The forward is expected to be ready for the Devils’ season opener on Thursday after undergoing sports hernia surgery in September.

The expected recovery for Marchand’s operation was four months, putting him on track for mid-January. He’s been on the ice with the Bruins since camp opened, but didn’t play in their first scrum on Jan. 7. – Amalie Benjamin

Vancouver Canucks

Travis Hamonic trained with the Canucks for the first time on Monday, skating on the second pair of defense with Quinn Hughes.

The 30-year-old defenseman signed a professional trial contract (PDF) with the Canucks on January 3, the opening day of training camp, but had to quarantine himself for seven days before joining them on the ice .

“He looked pretty good today, but I’m in no rush to judge a player who missed a week of training camp,” said coach Travis Green. “We’re just going to talk to him day after day, see how he feels. I guess he’s going to want to play sooner rather than later and I guess he’ll probably want to play the first game. ”

The Canucks open the season Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

Hamonic scored 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 50 games for the Calgary Flames last season and pulled out of the NHL’s return-to-play plan this summer. He was brought to training camp by Vancouver as a potential replacement for Christopher Tanev, who signed a four-year contract with the Flames as a free agent on October 10, after serving as Hughes’ defensive partner last season.

« [Hamonic has] played in the league for a long time and I watched him for a while, ”said Hughes. We’re just going to have to communicate and talk a lot. “- Kevin Woodley

Florida Panthers

Noah Juulsen was claimed waivers by the Panthers. The defenseman was dismissed by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Juulsen, selected by the Canadiens in the first round (26th) of the 2015 NHL Draft, did not play in the NHL last season; he had three assists in 13 games with Laval in the American Hockey League.

The 23-year-old last played in the NHL in 2018-19 and scored eight points (two goals, six assists) in 44 games.

“He’s a promising young defenseman,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. “I knew we had an opportunity to have him. Modifies the back-end image a bit. We have a few options and we will be looking at how things will go at the start of the year. gives us some options on the back-end. ”

The Panthers have also claimed the defender Gustav Forsling on the Carolina Hurricanes waivers on Saturday.

Arizona Coyotes

Frederik Gauthier on Monday signed a two-way one-year contract with the Coyotes. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old center participated in the Coyotes’ training camp thanks to a professional test contract (PTO) signed on December 26. He scored 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 61 games last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and no points. in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

Gauthier, who was selected by Toronto in the first round (21st) of the 2013 NHL Draft, scored 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 168 regular season games and zero points in eight playoff games.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks resumed training and training camp practices Monday after a player had a false positive test for COVID-19, which led to the cancellation of practices on Sunday.

“We had a false positive test,” said coach Travis Green. “At the time we weren’t sure if it was a false positive or not and we wanted to take the necessary precautions and we just thought it was best to stay off the ice and wait and see.

“Our team hasn’t gone through a lot of scenarios with COVID. So yesterday being kind of our first, it was nice to be able to get back on the ice today.

The Canucks were the fourth NHL team in three days to have a practice impacted by COVID-19 issues.

The Dallas Stars canceled training on Friday and the NHL later announced that six players and two staff members recently tested positive for COVID-19. Their facilities are closed and their first two games of the 2020-2021 NHL season, at the Florida Panthers on Jan. 14 and 15, have been postponed.

Also on Friday, 19 players did not train for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who said an unknown number of players had been sidelined “out of caution and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.” Eighteen of those players returned on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins canceled training on Saturday out of caution due to potential exposure to COVID-19. They had an intrasquad scrum on Sunday.

Rangers of New York

K’Andre Miller should be in line and play on a defensive pair with Jacob Trouba when the Rangers open their season against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Miller was the 22nd pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and played the last two seasons at the University of Wisconsin. The 20-year-old (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) impressed the Rangers, especially coach David Quinn, at training camp with his composure, reach, physique and skating.

“What impressed me was how calm he was,” Quinn said. “He worked hard. It is closed on people. He made some great decisions with the puck. From a defensive standpoint, he’s like a praying mantis with this staff and his arms and legs. It’s hard to move around, and when you think you’ve got it beat, he’s there with his stick. There’s just so much to love about him and let’s not forget his elite skating for a guy of this size. ”

Miller accepted a three-year contract, starting March 16. He impressed the Rangers during training camp before the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, but he was not eligible to play in the playoffs because he accepted his contract after the NHL season. took a break on March 12. But he was able to train and said he felt it gave him an advantage at camp this season.

“This camp put me in a really good position, I just went out with the guys, see how their systems work,” Miller said. “It just gave me a little extra confidence boost that showed me that I was about to do something special. ” – Dan Rosen

Maple Leafs de Toronto

Alexandre Kerfoot practiced with his Maple Leafs teammates Monday for the first time since his leg injury on Jan. 5, and the forward said he was ready for the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

“We were racing online last week and I lost my balance and fell on the boards,” he said. “It was nice to be back with the guys today. ”

Kerfoot was the center on a line with Zach Hyman and Ilya Mikheyev, the line he was playing on at the start of training camp before his injury. – Mike Zeisberger

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