Ekblad (neck/concussion) “is going to be fine” said head coach Gerard Gallant.
Ekblad was sent home after suffering a neck injury and a reported concussion at the World Cup of Hockey. Ekblad is back skating in Florida and is expected to be ready to anchor the Panthers’ top-pair in the season opener.
Vatrano will miss three months with torn ligaments in his left foot.
Vatrano was expected to push for a top-6 role in Boston following a strong rookie year in Providence (AHL) and Boston. Vatrano will undergo foot surgery on Monday and is expected to be out until late-December/early-January.
Backlund will return to Calgary after suffering a concussion at the World Cup of Hockey.
Backlund suffered a concussion while representing Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey and he will return to Calgary where he will be reevaluated this week. The 27-year-old has had a tough time staying healthy during his career, but is coming off of a year where he played 82-games for the first time in his career. With two weeks before the start of the regular season, Backlund could be ready for opening night.
Faksa (concussion) is expected to be ready for the Stars’ season opener (Oct. 13).
Faksa suffered a concussion while representing Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey, but he is expected to return to practice on Monday or Tuesday and should be ready for the season opener. With Cody Eakin out for six weeks, Faksa could take on a larger role than he was expected to to start the season.
Hemsky suffered a groin injury on Sunday and is expected to miss 7-10 days.
Hemsky suffered the groin injury during a scrimmage on Sunday, but Stars’ GM Jim Nill expects the veteran winger to be ready for the season opener on October 13th. Hemsky is coming off of a 39-point (13G / 26A) season and is expected to play in a dangerous top-6 again this year.
Seguin (heel) is expected to be ready for the Stars’ season opener (Oct. 13).
Seguin was set to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey but suffered a hairline fracture to his heel and was returned to Dallas. Stars’ GM Jim Nill expects Seguin to be ready for their season opener in two weeks.
Eakin suffered a knee injury in Stars’ practice last Friday and will miss the first month of the regular season. Injuries are starting to mount for Dallas, but Eakin is expected to miss the most amount of time. Look for Mattias Janmark to shift to centre on their third line while Eakin is out.
Murray broke his hand while representing Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. The Penguins were expected to start the season with a two-goalie system, splitting time between Marc-Andre Fleury and Murray. The 22-year-old led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup last season and is still expected to be a huge part of their success this season. Murray will miss 1-4 weeks to start the regular season.
The Blues signed Alex Steen to a four-year deal worth $23 million ($5.75M AAV).
Steen is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery that kept him out of the World Cup of Hockey, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the season. The 32-year-old winger has missed 37 games over the last three years, but has produced solid numbers despite injury woes. Steen has averaged 25 goals and 35 assists (60 points) over that stretch and should be expected to post similar numbers in 2016-17.
Lupul (sports hernia) has not been cleared for the start of training camp.
Lupul missed 36 games last season and has been sidelined since February 6th with a sports hernia. Lupul has had a very difficult time staying healthy, so this is nothing new for him. His injury leaves a roster spot open for one of the Maple Leafs’ many prospects to make the opening night roster.
Clarkson (back) has not been cleared for training camp.
Clarkson, 32, failed his physical on Wednesday and will not start training camp because of a back injury. Clarkson was limited to just 23 games last season and the debilitating back injury has put his career in jeopardy.
Grabovski (concussion) not cleared to skate at the start of training camp.
Grabovski appeared in just 11 games after January because of concussion issues and it doesn’t look like he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. Grabovski’s injury leaves a roster spot open for someone like Mathew Barzal to make the team on opening night.
Jurco (back) won’t be available until November at the earliest.
Jurco underwent offseason back surgery and will not be ready until November. The 23-year-old had just six points (4G / 2A) in 44 games last season and might find it difficult to find regular playing time on a packed Red Wings’ roster again this season.
The Capitals signed Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million deal.
Orlov is a key member of the Capitals’ top-4 on the blueline and will still be a restricted free agent after his one-year contract is up. The 25-year-old is coming off of his best offensive season, having posted eight goals and 21 assists (29 points) in 82 games.
The Islanders signed Ryan Strome to a two-year, $5 million contract ($2.5M AAV).
Strome, 23, was a restricted free agent who is coming off of a tough year. The 23-year-old had just 28 points (8G / 20A) in 71 games with the Islanders and was sent to Bridgeport (AHL) for a period of time. The former fifth overall pick (2011) had 17 goals and 33 assists (50 points) in 2014-15, showcasing his high-end offensive ability. He is an intriguing late-round pick for 2016-17.