Coyotes demote prospect Gormley

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If Phoenix Coyotes prospect Brandon Gormley is going to make an impact on the NHL club as expected in 2013-14, it looks like it won’t happen early on.

Gormley, 21, was one of five players assigned to the Portland Pirates (the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate) on Sunday. Forward Brendan Shinnimin, defenseman Connor Murphy and goalies Mike Lee and Mark Visentin were also unable to survive the latest training camp cut, as 31 players remain in the mix.

This must be frustrating for Gormley, a 2010 first-rounder (13th overall) who professed his NHL-readiness back in the summer of 2012.

It’s reasonable to assume that he might be one of the club’s first choices for a call-up next season, yet one cannot also help but wonder if impatience is building on one of (if not both) sides. He still doesn’t have a single game of regular season NHL action on his resume.

Sooner or later, one assumes something has to give.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?