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Training Camp Buzz: Kakko scores OT goal in Rangers debut

Moore not ready to skate for Bruins; Devils hopeful they can keep Zacha from going to KHL

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Welcome to the 2019 preseason! Rookie camps are wrapping up Monday and Tuesday. Veterans report this week, for the most part hitting the ice Sept. 13. This is 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 Monday:

 

Kakko delivers for Rangers

Kaapo Kakko scored in overtime of his debut with the New York Rangers in a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan on Monday.

The 18-year-old forward, chosen No. 2 in the 2019 NHL Draft, had four points (one goal, three assists) after missing the first two games of the tournament with an unspecified illness. The Rangers lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Friday and won 7-4 against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Sunday was an off day at the eight-team tournament.

The Rangers were optimistic that Kakko would play at some point in the tournament, which ends Tuesday. He took part in a limited morning skate Saturday, the second time he was on the ice. 

"It's just an illness," Kris Knoblauch, who is coaching the Rangers' prospects at the tournament, said after the game Saturday. "We hope he is playing on Monday."

The Rangers also play Tuesday in a standings placement game against an opponent to be determined.

The Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs also are participating in the tournament.

Shawn P. Roarke

Video: Kakko's OT Winner vs. MIN

 

Devils hope to keep Zacha from going to KHL

Pavel Zacha still could sign a contract with the New Jersey Devils prior to the start of the training camp Friday, general manager Ray Shero said Monday.

"His agent told me a couple days ago (that he could sign in the Kontinental Hockey League), but I'm hopeful we'll get something done over the next few days entering training camp," Shero said Monday at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. "I think we're trying to find the right term and based upon his age. He's a real good fit for us and a good player, he's a young guy whose game is evolving. I think we can get something done, hopefully, but I can't control what he does. If (the KHL) is the route he likes, it's going to be a long road back to the NHL."

The 22-year-old center, who is a restricted free agent, had 25 points and scored an NHL career-high 13 goals in 61 regular-season games last season. The No. 6 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has 76 points (29 goals, 47 assists) in 201 NHL games, all with the Devils.

"My advice (to Zacha) would be that you're going to hopefully play in the NHL for a long time and to get to where we hope you can be and continue to grow, why would you (play in the KHL)," Shero said. "That's going to be a big step back. But again, I believe hopefully we can get something done and that's what we're trying to do."

Mike G. Morreale

 

Moore won't begin training camp on time

John Moore will not be ready to start training camp with the Boston Bruins, coach Bruce Cassidy said Monday. 

The 28-year-old defenseman had shoulder surgery June 26 with a projected recovery time of 4-6 months, which means he could remain sidelined when the Bruins begin the regular season at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3.

Bruins defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are restricted free agents.

"I don't think any coach would tell you, or even players, that they want guys to miss," Cassidy said. "You want your team, you want the guys you're working with, especially if they're healthy. Guys that aren't healthy, John Moore for example, he's not going to be with us to start, but we'd like to have the other guys. If they're not there, then guys like (Connor) Clifton, maybe [Urho Vaakanainen], guys that play the right side will get a better look."

Moore played 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games after he was injured against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 25. He had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 61 regular-season games.

Video courtesy: New York Rangers

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