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Training Camp Buzz: Marner in lineup for Maple Leafs

Kakko, Panarin will play in first preseason game for Rangers; De Haan targeting opener with Blackhawks @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the 2019 preseason! Camps are open, preseason games have begun 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 Tuesday:


Marner, Tavares in lineup for Maple Leafs preseason opener

Mitchell Marner and John Tavares will play on the same line when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their preseason schedule against the Ottawa Senators at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, on Tuesday (5:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN4, TSN5).

Marner, who was a restricted free agent, signed a six-year contract with the Maple Leafs on Friday. The 22-year-old right wing will play with Tavares at center and Kasperi Kapanen at left wing.

Kapanen replaces Zach Hyman, who had knee surgery in April and is expected to miss the first 15 games of the regular season.

Mike Zeisberger


Kakko, Panarin, to make preseason debuts for Rangers on Wednesday

Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, will make his preseason debut for the New York Rangers against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+).

Kakko, an 18-year-old right wing, will be on the top line with left wing Artemi Panarin (who will be making his Rangers debut) and center Mika Zibanejad when New York plays its first game of the preseason.

Defenseman Jacob Trouba will also make his Rangers debut. He is expected to be on the top defense pairing with Brady Skjei


De Haan improving, targeting season opener

Calvin de Haan practiced with the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time but said he isn't sure if he will be ready for the regular-season opener when the Blackhawks play the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague on Oct. 4 (2 p.m. ET, NHLN, NBCSP).

"Feels good to pass the pucks and get in the corners with the guys and just getting in some game-like situations," said de Haan, who had surgery on his right shoulder in May and is also dealing with a groin injury. "Every knows not to run me through the boards or anything. Just feels nice to get back out there after a long summer of not really skating that much, and it's nice to get to know your teammates out on the ice as well."

The defenseman said he'd like to play in Prague but won't push it if he's not ready.

"I mean it would be a great experience, for sure," he said. "I'm just going to keep working and do as I'm told. I really want to play that first game, but there are another 81 after that, so it's not really a big rush."

Tracey Myers


Konecny expected to make preseason debut with Flyers on Saturday

Travis Konecny is expected to make his Philadelphia Flyers preseason debut against the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The 22-year-old forward signed a six-year contract Monday and took part in his first training camp practice Tuesday. Coach Alain Vigneault said Konecny will skate with skills coach Angelo Ricci and watch video Wednesday, and then practice Thursday and Friday.

"That's what everyone else had to do, same timeframe for when guys got here (at the start of training camp Sept. 13) and then they played either yesterday or today," Konecny said. "So yeah, should be perfect timing."

Vigneault said he's confident Konecny will be ready for Saturday.

"I think by that time video-wise he'll be up to speed," Vigneault said. "Might be a couple days behind drill-wise. But with the video work he should be fine. Saturday would be a good target for him."

Adam Kimelman


Juulsen of Canadiens to see specialist regarding headaches

Noah Juulsen will see a specialist because the Montreal Canadiens defenseman continues to experience headaches, coach Claude Julien said.

Juulsen sustained a facial fracture against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 20 and did not play after Dec. 17 because of headaches and peripheral vision issues.

"At the end of the day, his health is the most important thing," Julien said. "What he's been through, he's seen our doctors. To go and get a second opinion hopefully validates what we see here and gives him and his family piece of mind."

Forward Michael McCarron (groin) did not practice and is day to day.


Claesson signs contract with Hurricanes

Fredrik Claesson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The contract will pay $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level with a $200,000 guarantee.

The 26-year-old defenseman was an unrestricted free agent attending Hurricanes camp on a professional tryout contract.

"Fredrik adds a veteran presence to our blue line," general manager Don Waddell said. "This signing helps improve our defensive depth."

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