Friday, August 26, 2016

Off-Season Injury Notes (Aug 26)

The Calgary Flames added some European flavour to their training camp roster in the off-season, signing Czech forward Daniel Pribyl to a 2-year deal earlier in the Summer, but his availability for the start of training camp is up in the air, as he recovers from off-season knee surgery.

The 23-year old had ACL surgery in May, which you would think would be enough time to get healthy for a mid-September start to training camp, but the Flames are not rushing him, wanting him to be 100% when he gets going.

He had a big year in the Czech league last year, scoring 45 points in 45 games, which certainly raised some eyebrows on this side of the pond.  No projection has been made as of yet on this side, but the Hockey News seems to think he would be good for 34 points this season.

After the deal that sent Dave Bolland to Arizona on Thursday morning, there was some confirmation that the veteran forward isn't close to playing, as the lower-body injury (or something very similar) is very serious and will likely keep him out for the better part, if not all, of the 2017 season.

This would mean that the Coyotes would then have over $17.9 million in salary, before buyouts, that won't be in the opening night roster or possibly even play in the 2017 season.  The Coyotes will get some relief, because Chris Pronger and Bolland are both considered injured and will likely be on the Long Term Injured Reserve at one point or another this season.

Bolland's projection has now been zeroed out.

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