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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 23:  Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens waits for a puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on January 23,2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in an overtime shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Petry to make season debut for Habs after missing opener due to injury

Jeff Petry will be in the Montreal Canadiens lineup, which means rookie and 2016 first-round pick Mikhail Sergachev will be a healthy scratch against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Petry missed the Habs’ season opener Thursday against Buffalo due to injury, reportedly suffered at the end of the pre-season, while Sergachev made his NHL debut with 11:48 of ice time.

“It was kind of a fluke incident and I’m glad it wasn’t serious,” said Petry of his injury, as per the Habs website.

“I didn’t know [how long I’d be out for after it happened], so when I got evaluated they said it was going to be a short period and I was glad to hear that. It was just about getting back to work and taking the steps to make it feel better as quickly as possible.”

Petry hasn’t played an NHL regular season game since Feb. 7. He was held out of the lineup down the stretch last season and eventually underwent sports hernia surgery in March.

Meanwhile, Al Montoya will once again start in net for the Habs, as their star Carey Price continues to deal with the flu.


Habs’ Petry hopes for strong return from sports hernia surgery

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    Ducks will ‘get to the bottom’ of what’s ailing Despres

    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres skates before an NHL preseason hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Despres has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Ducks on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, solidifying his role in Anaheim after joining the club in a trade last season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
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    The Anaheim Ducks will not have Simon Despres in their lineup Saturday when they play the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

    The 25-year-old defenseman suited up in Anaheim’s season opener against Dallas on Thursday, but didn’t play the third period, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. He was then listed as out day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

    But there appears to be more to this situation than just the typical injury designation.

    Despres has dealt with concussions in the past, missing 42 games at one point last season, and he was to see a specialist on Friday.

    “He was not feeling good last night,” Ducks GM Bob Murray told the Orange County Register. “We’re trying to figure out what’s going on with him. … Something’s wrong here and we’re going to get to bottom of it here.”

    With Despres out of the lineup, Korbinian Holzer will take his place on the blue line versus the Penguins.

    Foley raves about McPhee’s work (so far) with Vegas expansion team

    LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22:  New Las Vegas NHL franchise owner Bill Foley and commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League pose for a photo during the Board of Governors Press Conference prior to the 2016 NHL Awards at Encore Las Vegas on June 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NHL's board of governors approved expanding to Las Vegas, making the franchise the 31st team in the league. The team will start play during the 2017-18 season and play at the newly built T-Mobile Arena.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    We await the highly anticipated announcement of the team name for the Las Vegas NHL franchise. That is supposedly happening in November.

    But while chatter about potential ideas for a team name created plenty of headlines during the summer, general manager George McPhee has been busy making additions to the front office and hockey operations department in preparation for the start of the 2017-18 season, the team’s first in the league.

    A review:

    — They hired Kelly McCrimmon as the assistant GM.

    — Former Capitals scout Wil Nichol was named director of player development.

    — Misha Donskov, formerly with Hockey Canada, was named director of hockey operations.

    — Vaughn Karpan was brought in as the new director of player personnel

    — After getting let go from the Florida Panthers, Scott Luce was hired to be director of amateur scouting for Las Vegas.

    It’s early in the process. McPhee hasn’t even been on the job for three full months yet. But he’s earned rave reviews so far from owner Bill Foley.

    “I think (McPhee) is really focused,” Foley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s doing exactly what I want — build the hockey side of things. He’s hiring great hockey people. I’m really pleased. This will be a successful team. George is everything I wanted as a general manager.”

    One of the next tasks for McPhee will be to hire a new head coach.

    He can afford to wait a little bit to see if potential candidates become available during or after the regular season and playoffs.

    “A coach has to obviously understand the X’s and O’s, but more importantly he has to be someone the players really respect, not only as a coach but as a person,” said McPhee in the summer.

    “You want a guy that’s a lot of things: smart, approachable, unflappable, confident, hard-working, organized, all of those things. Good with the community, good with the media. That’s the sort of thing we’ll be looking for.”

    Sanford’s play has him pushing for Capitals roster spot

    BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08:  Zach Sanford #24 of Boston College reacts after Alex Tuch #12 scored a game winning goal in overtime to defeat Boston University in the Beanpot Tournament championship game at TD Garden on February 8, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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    Zach Sanford turned professional this summer, signing his entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

    Almost three months later, he may crack their roster to open the regularseason, after leaving an impression on Barry Trotz and the rest of the Capitals coaching staff during training camp and the preseason.

    On Sunday, Sanford had two shots on goal and three blocked shots, but he was also given added responsibility of playing on both the penalty kill and power play in the preseason finale against the New York Islanders.

    He officially recorded 2:45 on the penalty kill, which saw Washington go a perfect five-for-five against the Islanders.

    Washington selected Sanford in the second round, 61st overall, in 2013. He was a standout at Boston College, recording 39 points in 41 games in his sophomore year in 2015-16, before he opted to sign with the Capitals.

    Now, the Capitals coaching staff has a decision to make. Do they keep the towering left winger on their NHL roster?

    Trotz was complimentary of Sanford’s game, saying he could be a regular in the Capitals lineup if he stays with the big club.

    “And that just puts a lot of heat on everyone else,” said Trotz, as per audio from the Capitals.

    “He’s a little older. I think he’s older, wiser, all those things. He’s a hockey player. That’s the best way to describe him. He’s a hockey player. And I think the guys recognize that.”

    The Capitals are expected to make their final roster decisions within the next day.

    Related: Capitals place Stanislav Galiev on waivers

    Report: NHL may be considering future outdoor game at West Point

    WEST POINT, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: General view as Army kicks off the Stanford at the start of the game September 14, 2013 at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York. Stanford defeated Army 24-20. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
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    Could West Point host an outdoor NHL game?

    Apparently, according to a report on Sunday, this could be a possible site for such an event in the future.

    The Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils played an (indoor) exhibition game at West Point on Saturday. But the chance of an outdoor game there seems to be gaining traction.

    From Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet:

    At the World Cup, there was a rumour going around the NHL is considering an outdoor game at the football stadium. Proximity makes the Rangers the host. There are two franchises with ownership ties to the army that would undoubtedly want to play — Florida and Las Vegas.

    Larry Brooks of the New York Post later added to that report on Sunday, saying on Twitter that the NHL has already done an initial survey of the site.

    Capacity at Michie Stadium is 38,000, according to West Point’s athletics website.