Across the NHL: News from Jonathan Toews, Ryan Reaves, Jacob MacDonald, and more.

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021. 11:42 AM
(Update : Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021. 12:37)

The names of forwards Jonathan Toews and Henrik Borgstrom have been put on the National Hockey League’s COVID protocol, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday.

Goalkeeper coach Jimmy Waite’s name is also on it, according to The Athletic.

The names of Toews and Borgstrom have been added to those of Patrick Kane, Riley Stillman and Jujhar Khaira. Note that assistant coaches Marc Crawford and Tomas Mitell are on the sidelines for the same reasons.

The Blues without O’Reilly and Saad

The Saint Louis Blues have put the names of forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Brandon Saad on the NHL’s COVID protocol.

To replace them in the lineup, the Blues have recalled forward Dakota Joshua from their Springfield school club in the American League.

Joshua has collected one assist and five games at Springfield since the start of the season.

Reaves injured lower body

New York Rangers forward Ryan Reaves is suffering from a lower-body injury and his health will be reassessed daily, head coach Gerard Gallant said.

Reaves was injured in the first period of Monday night’s game against the Calgary Flames. He returned to his team’s bench, but did not perform on the ice afterwards.

Acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights last July, Reaves has a total of four penalty minutes in seven games since the start of the season. It is the last year of a two-person contract worth three and a half million dollars signed on June 15, 2020.

The Avalanche reminds MacDonald

The Colorado Avalanche recalled defenseman Jacob MacDonald from their school club in the American Hockey League.

MacDonald has one goal and three assists in four games with the Colorado Eagles this season.

In his career, he played 35 National Hockey League games with the Florida Panthers and the Avalanche, recording 2 goals and 8 assists.

Johnston is with the Islanders to stay there

The New York Islanders have given forward Ross Johnston a four-season contract extension.

The latter has amassed 15 points, including seven goals, in 87 games since the start of his career with the New Yorkers. The Islanders signed Johnston as a free agent in his final junior hockey season in 2014-15.

He played for four seasons in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats, the Victoriaville Tigers and the Charlottetown Islanders.

Lemieux ready to return for LA

Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux has had his name removed from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

The 25-year-old left-winger has only played one game this season with LA He came in with the California squad on the trade deadline last spring.

To make room for the roster, the Kings have announced that forward Arthur Kaliyev and Rasmus Kupari, as well as defenseman Austin Strand, have been demoted to Ontario Reign, AHL.

Long absence in sight for Kukan

The Columbus Blue Jackets learned Tuesday that they will have to do without defenseman Dean Kukan for two months.

Kukan sustained a broken wrist during Monday’s game against the Dallas Stars. He is expected to miss a minimum of eight weeks.

As a result, the Jackets recalled Gavin Bayreuther from their club-school in Cleveland, AHL.

The 28-year-old Kukan has 114 NHL games, all with Columbus. The Swiss-born defender joined the Jackets as a free agent in 2015 after playing for several seasons in Switzerland and Sweden.

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