Training Camp Buzz: Hoffman out for Canadiens with lower-body injury


Welcome to the 2021-22 NHL training camp buzz. With training camps opening for all 32 teams this week, has you covered with all the latest news.


Montreal Canadiens

Mike Hoffman was one of five Canadiens players to fail his training camp physical.

The forward has a lower-body injury and is expected to miss all of training camp. He agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million contract ($4.5 million average annual value) July 28.

Forwards Paul Byron (hip) and Joel Teasdale (knee), defenseman Josh Brook (knee) and goalie Carey Price (knee) also failed their physicals. Each is also likely to miss camp.

Byron had hip surgery in July and was expected to need five months to recover. Price had knee surgery July 22 with a recovery timetable of 10-12 weeks. He began skating Sept. 16.

Defenseman Joel Edmundson is day to day with an undisclosed issue. Forward Brendan Gallagher is away for family reasons and expected to report in the coming days.

Coach Dominique Ducharme said the Canadiens will not have a captain this season. Defenseman Shea Weber, who was named to the role in 2018-19, won’t play this season, and might not be able to continue his NHL career, because of several injuries.


Columbus Blue Jackets

Joonas Korpisalo is day to day with a lower-body injury and the goalie will miss the start of on-ice training camp sessions.

Korpisalo is expected to split time with Elvis Merzlikins, who signed a five-year, $27 million contract extension ($5.4 million average annual value) Tuesday that begins next season.

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