Burst news: Gourde to debut with the Kraken

Welcome to the Burst News section! During the 2021-22 season, NHL.com brings you the latest news from across the league.

Seattle Kraken

Yanni Gourde will make his Kraken debut against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG +, ROOT-NW, ESPN +, NHL LIVE), while the goalie’s name Chris Driedger was placed on the injured list due to an injury, the nature of which has not been disclosed.

Gourde, who was selected for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 expansion draft, was expected to miss the first two months of the season because he had shoulder surgery in the offseason.

Gourde had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games with the Lightning last season, winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay for a second straight season.

Driedger made his Kraken debut on Monday, making six saves on seven shots in 31:11 in relief at Philipp grubauer in a stinging 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Grubauer is set to get the start on Tuesday, after allowing five goals on 20 shots on Monday. Joey Ok was recalled from Charlotte, in the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Kraken also demoted the attacker Kole Lind in Charlotte.

Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser could make his season debut tonight when the Vancouver Canucks are in Buffalo to face the Sabers (7 p.m. ET; SN360; MSG-B, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

The forward has yet to play this season due to an injury the nature of which has not been disclosed. He was the Canucks’ leading scorer last season with 23 goals and 49 points in 56 games. Vancouver activated him from the injured list on Tuesday, and sent Nic Petan on waivers to make room for him in the squad.

“I don’t know yet if he’s going to play,” head coach Travis Green said after practice Tuesday. “We’re going to talk to the therapists when he comes out of the ice. « 

Boeser, who indicated that the injury would not let go of him during training camp, trained on a line with Elias Pettersson and Alex Chiasson.

« I’m going one day at a time, » Boeser said on Monday. “The first step was to participate in a full training, and I feel like I had a good practice today. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. « 

Defender Travis Hamonic was placed on temporary leave on Monday for personal reasons. He has not been to training camp or games this season.

“We have to think about the guys who are here and I have to lead the guys who are here,” said Green. There’s a human side to it too, and ‘Hammer’ we want it to come back to the game, but we also want to make sure it’s correct. « – Kevin Woodley

Winnipeg Jets

Blake wheeler was placed on NHL COVID-19 protocol and will not face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; BSN, BSWI, TSN3, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

The forward, whose name was added to the protocol on Monday, has amassed an assist in two games this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin skated for the first time this season on Monday.

The center hopped on the ice in a tracksuit an hour before the Penguins’ practice. Having surgery on one knee on June 4, he is expected to be kept away from the action for at least two months.

“Every time a player comes back on the ice, it’s important,” said coach Mike Sullivan. It was only a first step. He’s working really hard off the ice with the rehabilitation process, and it’s a big step for him. « 

Pittsburgh will also be deprived of its number one center Sidney Crosby and its right winger Bryan rust for the game against the Dallas Stars at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN, PT, BSSW, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

Crosby will miss a fourth game in a row after undergoing wrist surgery on September 8. He did not train on Monday.

Rust will be out for a few weeks with a lower body injury sustained in Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers.

Jeff Carter is the one who ends up in Crosby’s chair on the first trio with Jake guentzel to the left. Danton Heinen replaces Rust on the right.

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