The Golden Knights will have their first practice of training camp Friday without right wing Ryan Reaves.
The 32-year-old bruiser is day to day with an undisclosed injury he suffered training late this summer, according to general manager Kelly McCrimmon. He added that the Knights have “no reason” to think he will miss their season opener Oct. 2 against the San Jose Sharks.
Reaves, who will make $2.775 million in the final season of his two-year contract, set career highs in goals (nine), assists (11) and points (20) last season. He stayed in Las Vegas this offseason and was plenty busy. He worked out, promoted his beer, Training Day golden ale, acquired a liquor manufacturing license from the Las Vegas City Council and officiated a vow renewal.
He also appeared at a team charity golf event Sept. 4 and the Raiders’ season opener Monday in Oakland, California.
“I sold some beer, trained and got ready for a big season ahead,” Reaves said Sept. 4. “It was a fun-filled summer.”
The Knights have given five players contract extensions since July 2018: goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, left wing Max Pacioretty, right wing Alex Tuch, defenseman Nate Schmidt and right wing Mark Stone.
The team has six contributors scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in 2020 — Reaves, center Cody Eakin, forward Tomas Nosek and defensemen Nick Holden, Jon Merrill and Deryk Engelland. McCrimmon said the team’s salary cap situation — they have about $1 million in space, pending roster decisions in camp — means they have to be more selective about extensions.
“Our situation is much different now,” McCrimmon said.
The Knights will bring two amateur tryouts to training camp: forward Jermaine Loewen and defenseman Brayden Pachal.
The two will work to earn a contract with the Knight or their American Hockey League or ECHL affiliates.
“I feel honored to be getting this opportunity and to be in training camp with all these players and learning from them,” said Loewen, 21.
Said Pachal, 20: “As a free agent, you want to impress. I did that so far to make it to main camp here, and the next step is a contract.”
Odds and ends
— McCrimmon said center Cody Glass, forward Paul Cotter, defenseman Dylan Coghlan and goaltenders Dylan Ferguson, Jordan Kooy and Jiri Patera stood out in the rookie tournament that concluded Tuesday in Anaheim, California. The Knights went 0-3.
— Center Ben Jones, a 2017 seventh-round pick, will participate in training camp after sitting out rookie camp with an undisclosed injury, McCrimmon said.
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