NHL Training Camp Buzz: Liljegren out at least six weeks for Maple Leafs

NHL Training Camp Buzz: Liljegren out at least six weeks for Maple Leafs

Welcome to the 2022-23 NHL training camp buzz. Training camp is underway for all 32 teams and NHL.com has you covered with all the latest news.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Timothy Liljegren will be out at least six weeks after having hernia surgery Friday.

“We’re looking at an early to mid-November return if all goes well,” Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said Wednesday.

Liljegren, a defenseman, had NHL career highs in games (61), goals (five), assists (18) and points (23) last season.

Pierre Engvall also will be out for the start of training camp after he suffered a foot injury while training in Sweden this offseason. The forward will be reevaluated the week of Oct. 3, Dubas said.

Engvall had NHL career highs in goals (15), assists (20) and points (35) in 78 games last season.

Dubas said he is hopeful that Engvall could be available for presesaon games. The Maple Leafs play the first of seven preseason games Saturday.

“We have to do what is best for him long-term so we will wait for that update on Oct. 3,” Dubas said.

Toronto begins the regular season at the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 12. — Dave McCarthy

Detroit Red Wings

Andrew Copp will be out for training camp and could miss the start of the regular season after the forward had abdominal surgery in the offseason, Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said.

“We expect him to be, at the latest, back the first week of the regular season,” Yzerman said of Copp, who signed a five-year contract with Detroit on July 13. “I don’t anticipate him participating in the preseason games, but I expect him to be ready roughly a week, if not sooner, into the regular season.”

The Red Wings begin the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 14.

Yzerman provided a “cautious” estimate that forward Robby Fabbriwho had surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee March 10, will be ready to play, “sometime after Jan. 1, maybe Jan. 15, in there.”

Defenseman Mark Pysykwho is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, also is expected to return in January, and defenseman Jake Walmanwho is recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected back in mid-November, Yzerman said.

In addition, forward Chase Pearson will miss training camp and be out indefinitely for personal reasons. –Tom Gulitti

Edmonton Oilers

mike smith failed his physical and will be placed on long-term injured reserve, Oilers general manager Ken Holland said.

The goalie, who is in the final season of a two-year contract, was 21-6-2 starts with a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 32 regular-season games last season (30) and helped the Oilers advance to the Western Conference Final.

Smith previously had said he hadn’t decided if he would play this season, and Mikko Koskinen, Edmonton’s other goalie last season, signed to play in Europe. The Oilers signed Jack Campbell to a five-year contract July 13.

Holland said defenseman Cody This has a hamstring injury that will keep him out of training camp for at least three days and defenseman Slater Koekkoek (personal) will be away from the team indefinitely.

Holland also was hopeful that forward Ryan McLeodwho is a restricted free agent, would be signed soon.

“He took physicals today, talked to his agent yesterday, we’re going to talk again this afternoon, so I am hopeful we’re going to find a solution,” Holland said. “I’m hoping he is going to be on the ice tomorrow.”

McLeod had 22 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 71 games last season.

Calgary Flames

Adam Ruzicka signed a two-year, $1.525 million contract ($762,500 average annual value) on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old forward had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 28 games with the Flames last season and has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 31 NHL games.

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