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Preseason Buzz: Bergeron day to day for Bruins

Center sustained lower-body injury during practice Tuesday

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This is a busy time with the season beginning Wednesday. Rookies are looking to make a name for themselves and veterans are aiming to lock down roster spots. Each day, we will have all the updates of note right here.

Here is the preseason news for Tuesday:

 

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron sustained a lower-body injury during practice Tuesday and is considered day to day, coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Bergeron, 32, had surgery in May to repair a sports hernia. He reportedly played most of last season with the injury, finishing with 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 79 games and winning the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL.

Bergeron said this injury is not related to his surgery.

"No, I feel good," he said. "It's not that. ... It's been going on for a few days and I just tested it out today and we decided to have a few more days [off] I guess."

"We'll classify it as day to day for now," Cassidy said. "I think that's accurate and we'll see where he's at tomorrow. We'll have a much better update then.

"I don't want to speculate. It's a lower-body injury and from there I guess I would say I don't expect it to be long term but I honestly can't tell you. We'll see how he is in the morning."

Boston opens the regular season against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

Bergeron has 671 points (259 goals, 412 assists) in 899 NHL games and 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) in 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games the past 13 seasons, all with the Bruins.

 

Glass signs with Flames

Forward Tanner Glass signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Glass, 33, had been with the Flames on a professional tryout (PTO), reportedly signed Aug. 29. He had one goal and one assist in 11 games with the New York Rangers last season.

Selected by the Florida Panthers in the ninth round (No. 265) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Glass has 69 points (24 goals, 45 assists) in 511 games in the League through 10 seasons with the Panthers, Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Golden Knights claim Subban off waivers

Goaltender Malcolm Subban was claimed off waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Subban, who was waived by the Boston Bruins on Monday, was the No. 24 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. He has appeared in two NHL games for Boston from 2014-17, and allowed three goals in 16 shots in one game last season.

In 32 games for Providence of the American Hockey League last season, Subban, 23, was 11-14-5 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. He is also the brother of Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Vancouver Canucks defenseman prospect Jordan Subban.

The Golden Knights are expected to start the season with goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard on the roster. Vegas plays its inaugural NHL game at the Dallas Stars on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-SW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).

 

Canucks prospect Juolevi to spend season in Finland

Vancouver Canucks top defenseman prospect Olli Juolevi will spend this season playing for TPS Turku in Liiga, Finland's top professional league, instead of going back to junior.

Juolevi, selected by the Canucks with the No. 5 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, scored 42 points each of the past two seasons playing for London of the Ontario Hockey League, winning the Memorial Cup in 2016. At 19, Juolevi is too young to be assigned to the American Hockey League by the Canucks, who would prefer that he play professionally this season.

"He's going to be playing in a men's league, against men," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "We think playing against bigger, faster, stronger players is going to benefit him, will help hold him accountable."

The move also reunites Juolevi with former Canucks defenseman Sami Salo, who worked as a guest coach at Vancouver's development camp this offseason and is an assistant coach for TPS Turku.

"Sami worked with him this summer, is going to be a mentor to him, is going to push him to improve as a player to where he needs to be to play in the NHL," Benning said.

Juolevi won a gold medal with Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, was captain of the 2017 Finnish team that finished ninth, and could play again at the 2018 tournament in Buffalo.

New Canucks coach Travis Green wants Juolevi (6-foot-2, 182 pounds) to focus on his fitness and strength for next season.

"He's got to get stronger," Green said. "I'd like to see him come in and be at the fitness level of where an NHL defenseman is come next training camp and if he is, his chances of playing in the NHL next year get extremely higher."

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