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NHL Buzz: Simmonds assigned to minor by Maple Leafs

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forward Wayne Simmons, Kyle Clifford When Adam Gaudetteand Defenseman Victor Mete He cleared waivers and was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Monday.

“The reality of where we are [NHL salary] Caps and our roster,” said coach Shreddon Keef. Jaan Krok Road, we were in a position where we knew we were going to be carrying a tight roster, a very short roster. Jarnkrok, I believe that addition will make us a better, deeper team and, as a result, we will have to make decisions like this. Clifford and Simmons in particular mean a lot to our team and our room. … Some believe his remaining 12 forwards are a deeper, improved group of forwards than they were a year ago, so they slip down the chart for that depth. “

Simmons has 524 points (263 goals, 261 assists) in 1,019 regular-season games against the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabers, and 22 points (8 points) in 53 playoff games. goals and 14 assists). Maple Leafs. He signed his two-year, $1.8 million contract on July 29, 2021.

Clifford has 143 points (66 goals, 77 assists) in 751 regular season games with the Kings, St. Louis Blues and Maple Leafs. The 31-year-old has scored 16 points (4 goals and 12 assists) in his 64 playoff games in 2012 and he won his Cup with Stanley in Los Angeles in 2014.

Gaudette signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs on July 13, and Mete signed a one-year deal the following day.

Nick Robertson was also assigned to the Marlies. The 21-year-old forward scored one goal in 10 NHL games last season.

“I think the best thing we can do is talk to him openly and honestly,” Keef said. It’s an unfortunate situation for a player who’s done everything he’s asked for.A player like him at his age is never a finished product.I think there will always be.There are some advantages to playing in the AHL. there is.” — Dave McCarthy

new york rangers

Sammy Blaze The forward is questionable in the Rangers’ season opener (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN1, TVAS, SN NOW), which does not practice Monday and faces the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Bryce injured his upper body early in Saturday’s final preseason game against the Boston Bruins.

The 26-year-old hasn’t played since November 14 when he tore the ACL in his right knee, requiring season-ending surgery. He had four assists in 14 games with the Rangers last season.

Blaise began training camp as a right winger in the Rangers top line. Mika Gibanejad and left wing Chris Criderbut he probably started the season as a left winger in the central fourth line. Ryan Carpenter and right wing Ryan Reeves.

dryden hunt Or Jimmy Vesey could be a fourth-line left fielder against the Lightning. Vesey agreed to a one-year contract on Sunday as he attended his camp training on a professional tryout contract (PTO). — Dan Rosen, Senior Writer

buffalo sabers

Kyle Okposo We returned to practice on Monday hoping to be ready for Thursday’s season opener against the Ottawa Senators (7pm ET; MSG-B, TSN5, RDS, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The forward, who was named Sabers captain on Saturday, suffered an upper body injury at the end of the second period in a preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 4.

“Let’s see,” he said. “We’re definitely working hard to get it back, but there’s no definitive answer to that for you.”

Okposo wore a non-contact jersey, attended most of the training and had “one or two unplanned crashes.” It was my first time skating since my injury.

“He was totally enthusiastic,” said coach Don Granat. “So it’s very encouraging. Obviously, knowing him, it’s no secret that he wants to play on Thursday, where he’s still wearing the yellow jersey. I’d probably be cautious about that, based on the fact that he’s been skating.But we’ll cross that bridge when we have to. We still take it every day and continue that little ongoing battle.He’s a competitive guy.”– Heather Engel

Washington Capitals

Forward TJ Oshie (upper body) and defense Dmitry Orlov (Lower body) After Sunday’s practice, I’m optimistic about being ready to play in the Capitals’ regular-season opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (7 PM ET; TNT, SN NOW). After being injured Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings, he did not play in Washington’s preseason finale against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

“That night was a little scary,” said Oshie, who was injured when he was checked on the board by Red Wings forward Joe Belleno. But when I woke up in the morning, I felt so much better than I expected, but I still had to go through every step with[athletic trainer Jason Sarvas]and I was going to put it in nowhere. No, but I feel great today.”

Orlov tweaked something against the Red Wings and felt stiff the next day, so the Capitals locked him out of practice for two days.

“I feel good now,” said Orlov. “I’m feeling pretty much normal and have a few more days to get ready for the first big game of the season.” Tom Gritti

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier will not appear in Thursday’s opener against the New Jersey Devils (7 PM ET, ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW).

The center has been under review weekly as he suffered an upper body injury before training camp began.

“I haven’t spoken to the trainers. I’m not exactly sure where they are on that.

The couturier skated alone for about 40 minutes. He has been skating since last weekend, but Sunday was the first time he was allowed to shoot pucks and stick handles, he said.

“It’s getting better and better every day,” he said. “Back on the ice, it’s a step in the right direction….we’re making gradual progress.

“Really every day. They’re evaluating me every day. See how I’m doing, how I’m progressing. My goal is to be 100% when I come back. and you don’t have to deal with anything all year round.”

Couturier hasn’t played since December 18 last season and underwent season-ending back surgery on February 11. He said he was fully cleared for training camp in the first week of September. — Adam Kimmelman

vancouver canucks

block voser After practicing Sunday for the first time since undergoing hand surgery on Sept. 26, the forward was able to return to the season opener Wednesday with the Edmonton Oilers (10 p.m. ET; SN, ESPN+, SN NOW). .

Voser was originally expected to miss three to four weeks and three to seven games, but within a week of the surgery he was back skating and stickhandling, and shot while wearing a non-contact jersey during practice on Sunday. was

“He was happy to be there. His legs are fine,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. “The rest of his body needs to be ready and cleared to play Wednesday. I hope you get it.”

Voser started training camp centered on the right side of the top line JT mirror When Tanner Pearsonscored 46 goals (23 goals and 23 assists) in 71 games last season. The 25-year-old skated his fourth line primarily on the left wing Dakota Joshua and center Nils Amann on sunday.

Forward connor garlandHe didn’t practice Sunday after suffering an injury during the second preseason victory in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.Not even top defense Quinn Hughesdid not face the Coyotes, but Boudreau said both had maintenance days.

“They will both be on ice [Monday]said Boudreau. Kevin Woodley

pittsburgh penguins

teddy brueger He was the only player to miss Monday night practice. The forward practiced in the no-contact jersey on Sunday after injuring his upper body during practice on Sept. 28.

Brueger is still living his life, coach Mike Sullivan said.

On Friday, Sullivan said the Penguins hope Brueger will make full contact in at least one practice before Thursday’s regular season opener against the Arizona Coyotes at PPG Paints Arena. Ryan Pauling If Brueger is unable to play, he may take over at the center of the 4-line.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph We made our first 23-man roster for the Penguins on Monday. One of Pittsburgh’s frontrunners, his 23-year-old defense has scored 5 goals (1 goal, 4 assists) in his 20 NHL games, including 0 in his 4 games last season. is recording.Joseph raced Ty Smith For the last spot in the penguin defense.

“These are very difficult decisions, as I’ve said over the last few days,” Sullivan said. But we can’t keep nine.” — Wes Crosby