The Colorado Avalanche had Nazem Kadri back on the ice today, doing some light stickhandling and shooting following his thumb surgery earlier in the playoffs. The pending free agent center has been out since game three against the Edmonton Oilers and is now listed as day-to-day by head coach Jared Bednar.
Kristen Shilton of ESPN also relays that Andre Burakovsky had not yet arrived in Tampa Bay when the team took the ice, and though he hasn’t been officially ruled out, it “doesn’t look great” at this point.
- The Florida Panthers are considering Jukka Jalonen in their coaching search, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff. The Finnish national team coach was also mentioned as a possible NHL candidate earlier this month by Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Jalonen has won at basically every level in Finland including Olympic, World Championship, and World Junior gold medals.
- The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will head east for some preseason games this year, as the NHLPA announced matches in Gander, Newfoundland, and Bouctouche, New Brunswick as part of the Kraft Hockeyville campaign. The fundraiser also presents each community with $250K in arena upgrades and $10K in youth hockey equipment. The games will take place on October 6 and 8 respectively.