GLENDALE – Coyotes captain Shane Doan practiced for the first time this training camp on Thursday at Jobing.com Arena.
Doan missed the camp’s first two on-ice practices and its public scrimmage on Wednesday night because of a minor injury.
Doan said he felt good after practice and that he hopes to play on Saturday when the Coyotes open the season at Dallas.
Meanwhile, center Boyd Gordon also practiced with teammates for the first time on Thursday. Like Doan, Gordon (upper-body injury) missed the first two practices and the scrimmage.
Center Matthew Lombardi, whom the Coyotes acquired via a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, did not make it to Arizona in time for Thursday’s practice. Lombardi is trying to resolve visa issues, and the Coyotes are optimistic he’ll be able to play in Saturday’s game.
Lombardi, who played 97 games for the Coyotes from 2008-10 before leaving via free agency, is ecstatic to be back with his good pal Doan and the Coyotes.
“I’m super excited,” Lombardi said. “I never wanted to leave in the first place, so it’s a great opportunity. Dave Tippett gave me a great opportunity to play in different situations....When you have people that support you and trust your team and trust you as a player, it gives you even more confidence.”
Lombardi is expected to wear sweater No. 8 with the Coyotes this time around. During his first stint with Phoenix, Lombardi wore No. 15, but Gordon now wears that number.
"We know who he is, we know his personality and we know how he is in the locker room,” General Manager Don Maloney said of Lombardi, a speedy center. “He's really well liked by our training staff and our captain, and he just fits in our culture.”
Forward Alexander Bolduc and defenseman David Rundblad, who are still in camp vying for roster spots, both were named to the American Hockey League’s All-Star Game on Wednesday.
The Coyotes must trim their roster to 23 by Friday afternoon. On Thursday, they sent six players back to the AHL: Andy Miele, Chris Summers, Brandon Gormley, Brendan Shinnimin, Chris Brown, and Jordan Szwarz.
Forward Raffi Torres, who will miss the first eight games of the season because of an NHL suspension from last season, will count towards the 23–man roster.
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