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Training Camp Buzz: Nordstrom 'felt good' after first skate with Bruins

Thomas takes it slow with Blues; Alzner, Juulsen day to day for Canadiens @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the 2019 preseason! Camps are open and it's a busy time, with rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans looking to lock down roster spots. Each day we will have all the updates of note right here.

Here is the training camp news for Saturday:

Nordstrom 'felt good' after first skate with Bruins

Joakim Nordstrom and Trent Frederic skated with the Boston Bruins. The centers missed the opening of camp Friday, Nordstrom with a foot injury and Frederic with a lower-body injury.

"It felt good," said Nordstrom, who spent much of the offseason rehabbing the injury. "It was fun to be back out there. It was step one for me today. Just being back with the group for a little bit and I just felt good. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow and [I'm] still feeling good.

"It's difficult not being able to work out and prepare as much as you want, but it is what it is. I've had good help back in Sweden, I came back here fairly early for camp to make sure I do whatever I can to be ready."

Center Patrice Bergeron skated on his own before team drills, according to NBC Sports Boston. Bergeron is dealing with a groin issue.


Thomas skates with Blues for second straight day; Kyrou misses practice

Forward Robert Thomas skated for a second straight day with the St. Louis Blues after offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his left wrist.

Thomas isn't skating with the two larger main groups yet, and coach Craig Berube said he and forward Jordan Kyrou, who has a knee injury, will be brought along at a reasonable pace.

Kyrou missed practice Saturday after skating Friday to open training camp.

"We've got them in that third group right now," Berube said. "We've got to be a little cautious with them right now."

Forward Nikita Alexandrov, a second-round pick (No. 62) in the 2019 NHL Draft, practiced after sitting out Friday because of a shoulder injury sustained at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

Louie Korac


Vesalainen, Niku skate on own at Jets practice after car accident

Kristian Vesalainen and Sami Niku did not skate with their regular group at the first practice of training camp with the Winnipeg Jets after being involved in a minor car accident Friday.

The two players skated briefly in a separate session with injured forward Andrew Copp and tryout goalie Adam Carlson.

Coach Paul Maurice said Vesalainen and Niku were not seriously injured.

"They got into a little bit of a fender bender there yesterday," Maurice said. "A little bit of an accident so we had them scheduled for the second group just in case they came in stiff and they did. They came in a little sore this morning. So they skated, all these guys, and they may be back on the ice in groups tomorrow."

Vesalainen, a forward, and Niku, a defenseman, are vying to make the opening night roster.

Copp, who is entering his fifth NHL season, has a mild groin strain.

"We're being real careful (with that)," Maurice said.

Tim Campbell


Alzner, Juulsen day to day for Canadiens

Karl Alzner and Noah Juulsen did not practice with the Montreal Canadiens, and each is day to day.

Alzner has a groin injury, and Juulsen wasn't feeling well because of a headache. Each defenseman is battling for a spot on the opening night roster.


Priskie sidelined for Hurricanes

Chase Priskie is week to week for the Carolina Hurricanes with an undisclosed injury.

The defenseman, who agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract as a free agent Aug. 17, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in NCAA men's hockey, last season with Quinnipiac University.


Boedker out with hip flexor for Senators

Mikkel Boedker is out at least five days for the Ottawa Senators because of a hip flexor.

"Nothing real serious, but unfortunately for him he can't skate right now," coach D.J. Smith said of the forward.

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