Injury Ward: Crosby, Matthews, Kessel, Trocheck, Varlamov & More

Brennan Des

2021-10-13

Here's the latest injury news from across the NHL! If you're looking for information about a specific player and don't see their name in this article, there probably haven't been any significant updates about their progress since our offseason article. If you ever need injury updates for a specific player, shoot me a message on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza.

Alex GalchenyukThe Coyotes forward is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The last couple of seasons have been disappointing for Galchenyuk as he scored at a mediocre 30-point pace while seeing limited opportunity in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Ottawa and Toronto. He returns to Arizona, where he posted a 47-point pace during the 2018-2019 campaign.

Phil KesselA foot injury kept the 34-year-old winger sidelined during training camp, but head coach Andre Tourigny is confident that Kessel will be available for Arizona's season opener on Thursday. 

Vincent Trocheck The 28-year-old center was activated from Injured Reserve on Tuesday,, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Carolina's season opener against the Islanders on Thursday.

Nathan MacKinnonOn Tuesday, we learned that the superstar tested positive for COVID-19 but has no symptoms of the virus. MacKinnon won't be available when Colorado kicks off their season against Chicago on Wednesday, but the hope is he'll test negative in the coming days, allowing him to play in game two on Saturday.

Pavel FrancouzWill be sidelined for another