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Training Camp Buzz: Montour likely to miss start of season for Sabres

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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 Thursday:


Montour expected to miss opening of season for Sabres

Brandon Montour likely will miss the start of the regular season for the Buffalo Sabres because of an upper-body injury.

The defenseman was injured in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. He did not play in the last 11 minutes of the game.

"I wouldn't expect him right off the hop but pretty soon thereafter," coach Ralph Krueger said. "At the moment, we're going through camp with his situation. ... But he can keep his lower body moving, which is important."

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who had been skating with Henri Jokiharju, was paired with Rasmus Ristolainen during practice. Jokiharju skated on the left side of a pair with Casey Nelson.

"He plays big minutes for us so it's really unfortunate," defenseman Jake McCabe said of Montour. "On the bright side of things, the season doesn't start for another couple of weeks so it's better to happen now if it's going to happen rather than four weeks from now. That's one way to spin it. Another way to look at it is it's another spot for a young guy to come up and snag and make a good first impression with this coaching staff."

There was one significant change up front. Dylan Cozens, the No. 7 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, was center on a line with Jeff Skinner and Evan Rodrigues

Heather Engel


Theodore returns to ice for Golden Knights

Shea Theodore skated for the first time since the Vegas Golden Knights defenseman was treated for testicular cancer during the offseason.

The 24-year-old was on the ice with extra players in Las Vegas, with the Golden Knights on the road to play the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, KTNV). There is no timetable for when Theodore will return to game action. 

Theodore revealed he was treated for cancer in an article published in The Players' Tribune on Sept. 12. 

Danny Webster


Galchenyuk-Malkin-Tanev line on display for Penguins

Alex Galchenyuk will make his preseason debut when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT).

He is expected to play left wing with center Evgeni Malkin and right wing Brandon Tanev, who will also play his first game for the Penguins after signing a six-year contract July 1. Galchenyuk was acquired in a trade June 29 that sent forward Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes.

"It's time to really go out there and enjoy the game," Galchenyuk said. "There are a lot of practices. When you first get here, you meet the guys and you meet the players. Now it's time to work on details."

Wes Crosby


Sundqvist sidelined for Blues with upper-body injury

Oskar Sundqvist is day to day for the St. Louis Blues because of an upper-body injury.

The center did not practice after Blues coach Craig Berube said he "tweaked something" toward the end of practice Wednesday. The injury is not considered serious.

"We're just monitoring it, give him another day and see how he feels tomorrow," Berube said.

Goalie Jordan Binnington, who played the first two periods of a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, missed practice for what Berube called a maintenance day.

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