Smith may not be ready for Devils opener; Caufield returns to Canadiens
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Yanni Gourde skated with the Kraken on Monday wearing a regular jersey.
The forward had been participating in a red non-contact jersey. He was expected to be out two months after having shoulder surgery in July.
"I just need to just to get some more reps and I think when I wear red (jersey), guys are super careful out there and you don't do much so I need to get a little bit more bumps in," Gourde said. "It just doesn't mean much. I mean it's just a different color. We're still working. It's a work in process to get back in shape and get back, ready to play, but we're not there yet."
The Kraken begin their inaugural season at the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 12.
Coach Dave Hakstol said Gourde will not be rushed into the lineup before he's ready.
"Our medical group has a real specific plan for him," Hakstol said. "He's still on limited contact and he's working real hard at everything that he can do to be ready, but there's a plan in place for him and he's still on limited contact."
Gourde was selected from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. He last played July 7 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens, when he helped the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
New Jersey Devils
Ty Smith may not play for the Devils in their season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks at home Oct. 15.
"I think we'll have to evaluate but that's a possibility, yes," coach Lindy Ruff said Monday.
The defenseman has yet to play a preseason game because of an undisclosed injury.
"He's going to be out for a little bit," Ruff said. "I don't have the exact amount of time, but I don't anticipate him practicing for the next little while."
Jack Hughes did not play in a 4-1 preseason win against the Washington Capitals at home Monday. The center was not on the ice for the morning skate and had some tests. Ruff said he hopes Hughes can practice Tuesday.
Hughes was injured in the second period of a 2-1 overtime win against the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Oct. 2 when he was cross-checked by New York forward Ross Johnston. He played one more shift before going to the locker room and not returning.
The Devils also were without Damon Severson against the Capitals. The defenseman has a muscle strain sustained when he slipped on a puck and went into the boards during the morning skate.
Jesper Bratt had an assist in 17:41 against Washington in his preseason debut after the forward recovered from an illness unrelated to COVID-19.
"He'll be excited to get in," Ruff said. "He was going to play the other night but didn't feel well, so we took him out. But his practices have been good, scrimmages." -- Mike G. Morreale