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Preseason Buzz: Bouwmeester to miss at least three weeks

Blues defenseman fractured his left ankle during scrimmage Sunday

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Welcome to the 2017 preseason! 

This is a busy time, with preseason games underway, rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans 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:

Golden Knights look for second straight win

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to earn their second straight win this preseason when they play the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (9 p.m. ET; NHLN, [joined in progress], ALT, NHL.TV) in one of 10 games on Tuesday. It's one of three games available on NHL.TV.

Center Vadim Shipachyov, 30, will make his North American debut, skating on a line with forwards Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault. Shipachyov signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.5 million on May 4 after nine seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. His 76 points (26 goals, 50 assists) were third in the KHL and helped SKA Saint Petersburg win the league championship for the second time in his career (2015, 2017).

Goalie Maxime Lagace will start for the Golden Knights. Oscar Dansk could see time in relief.

Here is the full schedule for Tuesday:

Panthers at Predators, 4:30 p.m. ET

Blackhawks at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET (NHL.TV, NHLN, CSN-CH+)

Red Wings at Bruins, 7 p.m. ET

Penguins at Sabres, 7 p.m. ET

Hurricanes at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET

Senators at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. ET (NHL.TV, TSN4, TSN5)

Panthers at Predators, 8 p.m. ET

Blues at Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET

Golden Knights at Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET (NHL.TV, NHLN [joined in progress], ALT)

Ducks at Sharks, 10 p.m. ET

 

Bouwmeester out with fractured ankle

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be re-evaluated in three weeks because of a fractured left ankle. He was injured during a scrimmage Sunday.

Bouwmeester, 33, had 15 points (one goal, 14 assists), was plus-6, and averaged 22:24 of ice time in 81 games last season. His ice time rose to 24:15 during 11 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I think you come into every training camp expecting injuries and knowing that injuries are part of it," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "Obviously that's a tough one for us. [Jay's] been a part of our group. Part of the reason we were talking about [Jordan] Schmaltz, [Nate] Prosser, [Jake] Walman, [Vince] Dunn is we knew you always need depth and you need guys that are going to have to come in and play games for you, whether it's in September, October or later in the season.

"It's up to these guys who's going to solidify their position. Obviously, some of the guys we have in our group are going to have to step up. If it's a guy like [Carl Gunnarsson], maybe he's going to have to bite off a little bit more, or maybe someone else jumps in there, I'm not sure."

In 14 NHL seasons with the Blues, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames, Bouwmeester has 391 points (82 goals, 309 assists) in 1,071 games. Since coming into the NHL in 2002-03, no defenseman has played more games.

The Blues also announced forward Zach Sanford will have surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and will be out 5-6 months. He was injured during the first day of training camp.

Sanford, 22, had five points (two goals, three assists) in 13 games with the Blues after being acquired as part of the trade that sent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27.

"That one's tough," Yeo said. "I feel really bad for him. He worked hard this summer. You can see physically he came in, he looked more ready, more prepared for the NHL game. He looked bigger, stronger. Yeah, tough break. First day, you put all that work and you have these high hopes and expectations, and I was really excited about his potential for us this year.

"Now he's got some work ahead of him, but his season's not over. If he can put in the work and get through surgery and rehab properly, then you never know. I don't know exactly the time frame and obviously we don't know how thing could play out, but certainly a big blow."

The Blues play their first preseason game at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

 

Duchene taking things 'one day at a time'

Center Matt Duchene's future with the Colorado Avalanche remains unclear.

A subject of ongoing trade rumors, Duchene made his first public comments since a 19-second statement after he and Avalanche veterans reported for training camp Thursday, and refused to speculate about his time in Colorado.

"I haven't looked that far," Duchene told the Denver Post. "I'm taking it one day at a time.

"I'm not going to predict the future on my longevity here. I'm day by day. I'm just enjoying playing hockey. A lot got blown out of proportion. I said what I wanted to say then. Nothing's changed since Thursday. I'm here to get better, I'm here for those reasons that I said on Thursday."

Duchene, 26, didn't attend pre-camp workouts with teammates amid speculation he would not show up to training camp. The Avalanche reportedly have been trying to trade the No. 3 pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, who has two seasons left on a five-year, $30 million contract (average annual value of $6 million), according to CapFriendly.com.

"I'm not looking that far [ahead]," he said. "I'm taking one day at a time. I love playing hockey. I want to win. That's the biggest thing on my mind. I'm trying to get better every time I touch the ice right now."

Duchene is not expected to play in the Avalanche's preseason opener against the Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi Center on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; NHLN [joined in progress], ALT, NHL.TV). He had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) with a minus-34 rating last season after scoring an NHL career-high 30 goals in 2015-16.

 

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The Avalanche (22-56-4, 48 points) finished 30th in the League standings and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season in 2016-17.

"Like I said, I'm taking it one day at a time and seeing what's going on," Duchene said when asked if Colorado can win this season.

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Giroux could start season on wing for Flyers: report

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux said "he would not be surprised" to start the season on the wing, rather than the center position he's played for the majority of his eight full NHL seasons, the Courier-Post reported.

Giroux skated at left wing during training camp practice Thursday, with Sean Couturier at center and Jakub Voracek at right wing.

"It was actually a lot of fun," Giroux told the newspaper. "It's not like I'm against it or I'm not happy with it. If it makes the team better, we have a lot of centermen and I'm up for it for sure."

The addition of Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, gives the Flyers an overload of centers, along with Valtteri Filppula and Jori Lehtera. General manager Ron Hextall has said he does not want to move Patrick out of the middle.

"In this case it's a line we wanted to look at," coach Dave Hakstol said. "For sure it's tough in the season to take a look at things. But this style of camp, it was a good time for us to be able to do it."

Giroux was selected with the No. 22 pick of the 2006 NHL Draft as a right wing prior to moving to center. Hextall said if Giroux went back to the wing on a permanent basis, Giroux would embrace it.

"If it makes us a better team for [Giroux] to go on the wing, I know [Giroux] will go to the wing and be happy to go to the wing," he said.

 

White out 6-8 weeks with broken left wrist

Ottawa Senators forward Colin White will miss the start of the regular season with a broken left wrist, general manager Pierre Dorion said Tuesday.

White is expected to need 6-8 weeks to recover. He was injured blocking a shot during the third period of a 6-2 preseason win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

"The kid had trained hard and he was pushing hard," coach Guy Boucher said. "He's a kid and he's going to bounce back. The good thing of it is his legs will still be able to train, so that's huge. The worst injuries are concussions and anything happening to the legs where you miss the whole camp and you're going to miss a lot of weeks. When you're not able to train your legs, it's really difficult to come back and be able to perform the rest of the year. It's probably the only positive thing you have in there. He's a young guy and he's got a lot of time ahead of him and once he's back playing he's going to have a chance to climb his way back."

The No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft had an opportunity to start the season in the NHL with center Derick Brassard recovering from shoulder surgery on June 6.

"It opens up another spot," Dorion said. "It opens up the door for another forward. We have Zack [Smith] who can also play center. There's a lot of possibilities, guys who have played center before. Tom Pyatt played some center in the minors and other places. Whether it's center or wing, it just opens the door for someone else and someone else to grab that spot."

 

Bishop, Methot, Radulov to make Stars debut

Goalie Ben Bishop, defenseman Marc Methot and right wing Alexander Radulov will debut for the Dallas Stars against the St. Louis Blues in a preseason game Tuesday.

Bishop arrived in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on May 9 and signed a six-year contract three days later. Methot was acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on June 26. Radulov, an unrestricted free agent, signed a five-year contract with the Stars on July 2.

"It's going to be a new experience," said Methot, who spent the previous five seasons with the Ottawa Senators before being selected by Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft. "I was used to playing in different colors for five years, so this will be a new experience."

Radulov will start playing on a line with left wing Jamie Benn and center Tyler Seguin.

"It's exciting," Seguin said. "I've worked with him a little bit and he's great with the puck. Looking forward to playing with him tonight."

-- Sean Shapiro

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