It was Jonathon Merrill and Ruslan Fedotenko's heads that collided during a drill on Friday.
Fedotenko appears to be fine, but Merrill needed to be helped off the ice. Merrill suffered a concussion last season and while nothing has been confirmed or ruled out yet, the obvious fear is that that's what's wrong with him now. For what it's worth though, Fedotenko did talk to Merrill in the locker room afterwards and was left with the impression that Merrill was feeling better.
Jonathon Merrill needed assistance to get off the ice after colliding with Ruslan Fedotenko during Friday's practice.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer thinks Merrill will be fine, but he doesn't have specific information yet. Merrill had two goals and 11 points in 52 games with New Jersey last season.
Joe Sakic is now the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche.
The former Avalanche GM, Greg Sherman, will stay on as the team's assistant general manager. While we can't know what goes on in the Avalanche's organization behind closed doors, from the outside looking in, this looks like just a change on paper. Sakic already outranked Sherman as the executive vice president of hockey operations (a title Sakic still holds) and had been the public face on the team's front office for some time now.
Slater Koekkoek confirmed that he's completely recovered from his shoulder surgery.
"I didn't play with any hesitation, played my game," Koekkoek said. He had 15 goals and 53 points in 62 OHL games in 2013-14.
Jeff Petry left Friday's practice with a tweaked shoulder after absorbing a big hit.
Petry is day-to-day, according to coach Dallas Eakins. Given that training camp just started, it's likely that won't hesitate to pull their players off the ice for precautionary reasons, so we're not overly concerned about most day-to-day injuries at this stage.
Kyle Palmieri has a high ankle sprain.
The Ducks hope that Palmieri will be able to play in their last preseason game on Oct. 4, but we wouldn't be shocked if he ends up missing the start of the season. He had 14 goals and 31 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Drew Doughty (upper body) is being described as day-to-day.
Doughty wasn't on the ice with his teammates on Friday. There's still plenty of time left before the start of the season, so we're not too concerned at this time.
Tyler Bozak has an undisclosed injury.
Bozak is day-to-day as a result. He was limited to 58 games in 2013-14 due to a strained oblique muscle and hamstring injury.