Training Camp Buzz: Penguins forward Guentzel positive for COVID-19


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

Washington Capitals

Ilya Samsonov did not practice Sunday because of a lower-body injury and the goalie will be reevaluated Monday.

Samsonov made 28 saves in a 3-1 preseason loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and stopped eight of the nine shooters in the practice shootout that followed. It was the first time the 24-year-old played a full game this preseason. He is expected to split goaltending duties with Vitek Vanecek this season after signing a one-year, $2 million contract to remain with Washington as a restricted free agent Aug. 9. — Tom Gulitti


Pittsburgh Penguins

Jake Guentzel was confirmed positive for COVID-19 by the Penguins on Sunday. The 26-year-old forward is being monitored by Pittsburgh’s medical staff and will follow the protocols set by the NHL.

Dominik Simon replaced Guentzel for a preseason game against the Red Wings on Sunday. Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese is also in NHL COVID-19 protocol.

Pittsburgh opens the regular season at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 12.


New Jersey Devils

Jack Hughes was injured in the second period of a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday. The center was cross-checked by Islanders forward Ross Johnston and played one more shift before going to the locker room and not returning.

Coach Lindy Ruff said after the game an update would be provided Sunday.

“He’s feeling OK. We hope everything’s OK,” Ruff said. “I think that’s encouraging for everybody that I feel that way. I’m hoping it’s nothing serious. It’s more precautionary. I’m hopeful.”

Ruff said defenseman Ty Smith will be off the ice “for a number of days” with an undisclosed injury. He has yet to play in a preseason game. Forward Jesper Bratt (non-COVID related illness) skated Saturday with the non-game group after he missed a 7-1 win against the New York Rangers in Newark on Friday.


Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser could be out the rest of the preseason for the Vancouver Canucks with an undisclosed injury.

Boeser, who led the Canucks in goals (23) and points (49) in 56 games last season, missed practice Thursday but there was no update available at the time. Coach Travis Green announced the forward’s expected absence after a 4-1 preseason loss at the Calgary Flames on Friday. 

“He going to be out for a little bit, probably I would say at least a week,” Green said.

The Canucks have four preseason games remaining, their last against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 9. They open the 2021-22 regular season at the Oilers on Oct. 13. — Kevin Woodley

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