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Forward Brady Tkachuk was on the ice for the Senators Saturday morning but is will not play against the Maple Leafs, tweets Bruce Garroich of the Ottawa Sun.
DJ Smith says he wants to see how Tkachuk feels after today’s skate. Tomorrow hasn’t been ruled out but he’s leaning towards Thursday vs San Jose. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) October 16, 2021
Head coach D.J. Smith told reporters that he will see how Tkachuk responds to Saturday's skate. The newly-signed forward could make his debut Sunday against the Dallas Stars, but Smith said he is leaning toward debuting Tkachuk Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.
"There is a chance, injuries and things like that happen, but we'll see what he looks like today and but I err on the side of caution," Smith said.
Tkachuk signed a seven-year, $57.5 million contract with the Sens on Wednesday.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Injured forward Auston Matthews was on the ice ahead of the Maple Leafs' morning skate Saturday morning.
Auston Matthews on the ice ahead of Leafs morning skate as he continues to work his way back from surgery on his left wrist— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 16, 2021
Toronto hosts NYR on Monday & SJS on Friday before travelling to PIT next Saturday pic.twitter.com/r2KYGnALwV
Matthews is not expected to play Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators as he works his way back from off-season surgery on his left wrist.
Defenceman Justin Holl was absent from the team's skate and will not play Saturday night because of an illness according to head coach Sheldon Keefe.
Meanwhile, goaltender Petr Mrazek is still being assessed after leaving Thursday's game with a groin injury. Keefe told reporters the team does not expect it to be a long-term issue
Here were the Toronto lines Saturday morning courtesy of TSN's Kristen Shilton:
Defenceman Sami Niku, who has been recovering from a concussion, has been cleared to play by the team's medical staff but will not draw in Saturday night against the New York Rangers.
Dominique Ducharme indique que le défenseur Sami Niku a obtenu le feu vert des médecins, mais ne jouera pas ce soir.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 16, 2021
Dominique Ducharme says defenseman Sami Niku has been cleared to play by the medical staff, but will not be in the lineup tonight.#GoHabsGo
Here are Montreal's lines at their morning skate via TSN's John Lu:
Drouin - Dvorak - Anderson
Armia - Suzuki - Caufield
Toffoli - Evans - Gallagher
Perrault - Paquette - Lehkonen
Romanov - Petry
Chiarot - Savard
Kulak - Wideman
Scratches: Belzile, Brooks, Niku
The Nashville Predators have recalled goaltender Connor Ingram from the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.
Meanwhile, goalie David Rittich has been added to the NHL's COVID Protocols list.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets announced they have recalled forward Justin Danforth from the AHL's Cleveland Monsters.
The 28-year-old Danforth recorded an assist in his only game of the season with the Monsters this season.
The Buffalo Sabres have claimed defenceman Christian Wolanin off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. He was originally waived on Friday.
Forward Derek Grant and defenceman Greg Pateryn were both placed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
Placed on NHL waivers today: Derek Grant (ANA) and Greg Pateryn (ANA).— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2021
Buffalo claims Christian Wolanin off waivers from Los Angeles.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2021