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Ice Chips: Nylander moves back to the wing at Leafs practice


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Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander was back on the wing in Wednesday's practice, skating on a line with centre John Tavares and Max Domi.

Nylander had been working as a centre since the beginning of camp, with head coach Sheldon Keefe vowing to give him an extended look at the position.

David Kampf moved up to the third-line centre slot, between Bobby McMann and Ryan Reaves. Matthew Knies worked on the fourth line with Fraser Minten at centre and Calle Jarnkrok on the other wing.

Minten, 19, appears to have a shot at cracking the roster after impressing head coach Sheldon Keefe in the team's preseason game on Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Defenceman Mark Giordano joined the Leafs for practice in Gravenhurst, Ont. Wednesday after missing practice Monday for maintenance. 

Defenceman John Klingberg was not practice Wednesday. He remains sidelined after suffering an injury in a preseason game last Wednesday. 


Winnipeg Jets

The Jets took a big step forward in the health department Wednesday, with multiple players returning to practice.

Gabriel Vilardi, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Morgan Barron all skated after recovering from the flu.

Nate Schmidt and Declan Chisholm were both skating in regular jersey and forward Nikolaj Ehlers was also at practice after previously dealing with neck spasms.

Jets head coach Rick Bowness said Ehlers could be a gametime decision for Thursday's final game of the preseason against the Ottawa Senators. That decision will be made by Ehlers based on how he feels after full participation on Wednesday.


Ottawa Senators

Josh Norris was not on ice for practice with the Senators Wednesday morning. 

Head coach DJ Smith said Norris had a small setback and will not play in the team's preseason game on Thursday, but could play Saturday against Montreal.

Norris sat out most of the 2022-23 season due to a shoulder injury. He had two goals and three assists in eight games.

He skated in a contact jersey last week as he took a step forward in his recovery. The 24-year-old is yet to play in the preseason.


Calgary Flames

The Flames issued two injury updates Wednesday, announcing Jakob Pelletier had successful shoulder is out long-term.

The Flames also announced that Kevin Rooney will undergo shoulder surgery and is also out expected to be out long-term.


Montreal Canadiens 

Forward Christian Dvorak was on the ice for practice Wednesday in a non-contact jersey.

Forward Sean Monahan and defenceman Gustav Lindström did not participate in practice Wednesday as both received therapy days.

Monahan, 28, had six goals and 17 points in 25 games last season, his first with Montreal. He re-signed with the Habs on a one-year, $1.985 million contract in June. 

Lindström, 24, is entering his first season with the Canadiens. He had one goal and eight points in 36 games last season. 

He was acquired as part of the Canadiens return for Jeff Petry in August.

On Tuesday, the Canadiens loaned blueline prospect Logan Mailloux to the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket.

Mailloux, 20, played in three pre-season games with the Canadiens.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks recalled Arturs Silovs, Filip Johansson, Max Sasson, Aatu Raty, Linus Karlsson and Arshdeep Bains from the AHL's Abbotsford Canucks on Wednesday.


Detroit Red Wings

Veteran forward Artem Anisimov was released from his professional tryout on Wednesday.



Boston Bruins

The Bruins signed defenseman Frederic Brunet to a three-year entry-level contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $860,000 on Wednesday.

Brunet, 20, was selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of 2022 NHL Draft.

He had 16 goals and 57 assists for 73 points in 66 QMJHL games last season with the Victoriaville Tigers and Rimouski Oceanic


New York Islanders

Veteran forward Kyle Palmieri joined the Islanders for practice on Wednesday for the first time since training camp opened.

The 32-year-old has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

He had 16 goals and 33 points in 55 games last season.