News and notes from around the NHL:
- The Toronto Maple Leafs extended a training camp invitation to goaltender Jeff Glass, according to the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle. Glass was a heralded Ottawa Senators prospect in 2004-05, propelling Canada’s World Junior team to Gold with a 1.40GAA and a .944 SV% in five games. The Canadian goalie spent the next four years with Ottawa’s AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators but was unable to crack the big league roster. Glass then went overseas to the KHL in 2009 and remained there on a variety of teams throughout his career. The goalie will be battling for an AHL position, as the Leafs already have Frederik Andersen and Jhonas Enroth under contract. Both goaltenders, however, are playing in the World Cup of Hockey this September, so the Leafs need someone to fill in between the pipes. Glass will be competing with Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau, both of whom had significant playing time last year with the Marlies.
- The Las Vegas NHL team moves one step closer to a team name this week after allegedly filing for a variety of potential team names, including the Desert Knights. Bill Foley, the Las Vegas expansion team owner, has consistently expressed interest in a name that included Knights or Hawks, and Desert Knights seems to be the one that poses the least risk intellectual-property wise. The ’desert’ moniker may have been added to avoid conflict with the London Knights, an OHL team in London, Ontario, Canada.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced its Rookie Camp tournament roster today, and 2016 NHL Draft first overall pick Auston Matthews is not among the players listed. The team does list four picks from that draft, and the rest of the tournament is made up of AHL players and players from previous drafts—including highly-touted prospect Mitch Marner. The tournament consists of three games against rookie teams from the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
- The Montreal Canadiens also released their Rookie Camp tournament roster today. Notable players include 2016 NHL Draft ninth overall pick Mikhail Sergachyov and goalie prospect Zach Fucale. Sergachyov came over from Russia to play for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL in 2014-2015 and led all defensemen in goals with 17 in 67 games. Unlike Alex Nylander, however, Sergachyov would return to the OHL if he does not make the Canadiens NHL roster because he was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires rather than loaned from a European club. Goalie Zach Fucale was called up by the Canadiens last season after Carey Price battled injury, but the young prospect did not see the ice before being sent back down to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.