Training Camp Buzz: Mikheyev out for Maple Leafs with hand injury


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Toronto Maple Leafs

Ilya Mikheyev is expected to be out of the lineup for the immediate future after injuring his hand against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

“We’ll know more on Monday,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “But it’s not looking like it will be short term.”

The 27-year-old forward left in the first period of a 4-1 preseason victory Saturday and did not return for the second. He was replaced by Michael Bunting on the wing with John Tavares and William Nylander.

The Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens in their season opener Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). — Mike Zeisberger 


New York Rangers

Ryan Strome is expected to be ready for the Rangers when they visit the Washington Capitals in their season opener Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TNT). 

The center was injured with one second remaining in the second period after colliding with New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield  in a preseason game Saturday. Strome had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime win in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

“He’s going to be fine,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “Just the upper body, but nothing too serious we don’t think.”

Forward Kevin Rooney left with an apparent injury in the third period following an altercation with Islanders forward Ross Johnston.

“A punch in the mouth, a bleeding lip,” Gallant said. “Nothing serious there at all.”


Minnesota Wild

Marco Rossi will not be on the opening night roster for the Wild after the forward was one of their final cuts from training camp.

The 20-year-old, who had one assist and four shots on goal and was minus-1 in three preseason games, was assigned to Iowa of the American Hockey League.

Rossi, the No. 9 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, led the Ontario Hockey League with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games for Ottawa in 2019-20 and was expected to push for a spot last season. Minnesota loaned him to Zurich SC of National League, the top professional league in Switzerland, because the 2020-21 NHL season was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but Rossi was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-November after playing one game.

“He needs to play. He needs to kind of get back into the rhythm of things,” Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Saturday. “The positive thing with Marco was you saw steady improvement in every game he played. So if he can just keep that going, that would be great.”

Forward Matt Boldy will be out 4-6 weeks because of a fractured left ankle sustained in a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Boldy, who was expected to compete for a roster spot, had no points in four preseason games.

The No. 12 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Boldy scored 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in his sophomore season at Boston College before signing an entry-level contract with the Wild on March 30. He scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 14 games for Iowa of the American Hockey League.

Minnesota opens the season at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU).


Arizona Coyotes

Alex Galchenyuk is week to week with an upper-body injury.

The forward signed a one-year contract with the Coyotes on Wednesday after attending training camp on a professional tryout contract. He had two assists in four preseason games.

Defenseman Kyle Capobianco is week to week with a lower-body injury. He did not play in the preseason.

The Coyotes begin the regular season at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, BSAZ, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

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