Eastern Conference News: Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Islanders, Rangers, Penguins and Lightning

Eastern Conference News: Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Islanders, Rangers, Penguins and Lightning

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Steven Stamkos should be ready for Game 1. Max Pacioretty had a sprained MCL.
On the Columbus Blue Jackets …

Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets are expecting forward Nick Foligno to be ready for the start of their playoff series against the Capitals. He’s been out since March 24th.

On the Montreal Canadiens …

John Lu: Forward Max Pacioretty said that he suffered a sprained MCL back on March 2nd. He has now been medically cleared to begin offseason training.

Eric Engels: Forward Andrew Shaw will have surgery next Tuesday on his knee.

Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens have signed prospect Jake Evans to a two-year entry-level deal. The deal kicks in next season.

On the New York Islanders …

Andrew Gross: Both GM Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight have been led to believe that they will back next year.

Andrew Gross: Forward Nikolay Kulemin has been out since November 7th with a shoulder injury. He said that he’s close to returning and could have been ready if they had made the playoffs.

On the New York Rangers …

New York Rangers: GM Jeff Gorton said that they expect defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to be ready for training camp. Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has started skating.

On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

Pens Inside Scoop: Forward Derick Brassard said that he felt good after yesterday’s practice but it’s not known if he’ll be ready for Wednesday’s Game 1 against the Flyers. He was skating on a line with Conor Sheary and Phil Kessel.

On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Joe Smith: Forward Steven Stamkos said he felt good yesterday and is hopeful that he’ll be ready for Game 1.