Vegas Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy shared that defenseman Alec Martinez is likely to make his season debut in the team’s Thursday night matchup against the Winnipeg Jets. Martinez has carried a day-to-day injury designation for the whole month, coping with an upper-body injury and remaining on the team’s injured reserve. He returned to practice in a no-contact jersey on Tuesday and is traveling with the team for a two-game road trip.
Martinez appeared in 77 games with Vegas last season, recording 14 points and 29 penalty minutes. It was the most he’s played for the Golden Knights since joining them midway through the 2019-20 season, with each of his last two seasons being limited by an injured reserve designation. Martinez has played 166 career games with Vegas, tallying 62 points and 51 penalty minutes.
Other notes from around the league:
- Logan Couture skated at the Sharks’ Thursday practice, shedding optimism on his ability to return soon. However, head coach David Quinn shared that the team isn’t certain whether Couture or fellow injured forward Mikael Granlund will be able to join the team on their upcoming five-game road trip. Granlund was placed on injured reserve on October 13th, making him ineligible for the Sharks’ Thursday night game, after he reaggravated a lower-body injury suffered during training camp.
- The Buffalo Sabres have announced that former goaltender Craig Anderson will return to the Sabres as a hockey liaison. The role will be part-time and see Anderson supporting the team’s players and coaching staff. Buffalo general manager Kevyn Adams said, “Craig Anderson’s voice, experience, and love for the game have been invaluable components to our team’s growth over the past two seasons. Our players have benefited greatly from the habits and lessons he picked up during his accomplished 20-year career.”
- The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta shared that the Washington Capitals are attempting to assess the trade value of forward Anthony Mantha. Mantha has failed to live up to the expectations set for him in Washington, getting healthy scratched for the team’s October 16th game against Calgary. Pagnotta shares that Washington will look to bolster their top-six, mentioning Conor Garland as a potential trade target.