Quick Hits: Injury Updates, Tkachuk in London, Hextall Back With Kings, and Offseason Signing Numbers
Injury Updates

Ryan Rishaug: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland said they’re optimistic that forward Connor McDavid will be ready for opening night. McDavid could even see some preseason action later this week.

A decision is still up to the doctors. They won’t commit to anything just yet.

Larry Brooks: New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin left last night’s game with a mild groin strain. He didn’t return for the third period.

Chip Alexander: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said that Erik Haula left last night’s game for precautionary reasons. It is not related to a knee.

Caley Chelios: Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that forward Patrick Maroon “tweaked something” and is listed as day-to-day.

Craig Morgan: Arizona Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is sick.

Isabelle Khurshudyan: Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Capitals are being cautious with him.

Tkachuk skating in London

Ryan Pyette: Calgary Flames restricted free agent forward Matthew Tkachuk is skating with the London Knights (OHL) while he awaits a new contract.

Hextall back with the LA Kings

Dennis Bernstein: Ron Hextall will be a part-time advisor to Hockey Operations for the Los Angeles Kings.

Recapping some player signings numbers from the offseason

From Apr 1 – Sept 18, there were $1.024 Billion in UFA Contract $ signed; combined Cap Hit $304M

-5 teams (#NYI, #FLA, #SJS, #BUF & #NYR) made up 49% Total Contract $ ($505M); each w/ $82M+
#NYI #1 w/ $135M
#FLA #2 w/ $108M after least $ spent Last Yrhttps://t.co/Yyisgv2Mi6 pic.twitter.com/9fLuPVfppz

— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) September 19, 2019

-Busiest team was #TBL w/ 11 UFA signings, followed by #PHI, #TML, & #MTL w/ 8 signings each

-Avg by team was $33M in Total UFA Contracts, $9.8M in Cap Hit, and 5.4 signings

-Least spent on UFA signings: #ARI ($1.4M), #LAK ($3.6M) & #WPG ($4.5M)https://t.co/Yyisgv2Mi6 pic.twitter.com/ELtKnushG8

— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) September 19, 2019