NHL News: Lightning Zach Bogosian out 4-6 weeks; Matt Murray out with illness; and more

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian will be sidelined four to six weeks with a lower-body injury.

Bogosian, 31, sustained the injury during Tuesday night’s season-opening setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He registered a minus-2 rating and logged 14:14 of ice time in the 6-2 home loss.

NHL News: Zach Bogosian out with injury

The Lightning recalled defenseman Andrej Sustr from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Thursday to replace Bogosian, who was playing in his first game since signing a three-year, $2.55 million contract in the offseason.

Bogosian recorded 200 points (53 goals, 147 assists) in 690 career games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Lightning. He was selected by the Thrashers with the third overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft.

Sustr, 30, has 63 points (10 goals, 53 assists) in 323 career games with the Lightning and Anaheim Ducks. He spent the past two seasons with Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Matt Murray out with illness

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Oct 1, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray (30) stands for the National Anthem prior to start of game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray is battling a cold and is out for Thursday’s season opener against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Murray told reporters on Wednesday that he will be a game-time decision. Anton Forsberg is getting the start.

Murray, 27, went 10-13-1 with two shutouts, a 3.38 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage during his first season with the Senators in 2020-21.

Forsberg, 28, finished 3-4-1 with a 3.21 GAA and .909 save percentage in his first campaign with Ottawa last season.

Capitals claim D Dennis Cholowski off waivers from Kraken

One game into the regular season, the Seattle Kraken moved on from one of their expansion draft selections and the Washington Capitals picked him up.

The Capitals claimed defenseman Dennis Cholowski off waivers from Seattle on Thursday before he could clear waivers and be assigned to the minor league.

Cholowski was Seattle’s expansion pick from the Detroit Red Wings in July. The former first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft played in 104 games over three seasons for Detroit, tallying 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) and averaging 18:14 of ice time.

His stay in Seattle was short-lived. The left-shot D-man was not in the lineup for the club’s inaugural game Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Capitals were thin on D to start the season, as veteran Michal Kempny did not make the opening-day roster while continuing to return from multiple leg surgeries.

Washington loaned forward Beck Malenstyn to its AHL affiliate in Hershey to make room for Cholowski.

The Kraken also placed forward Marcus Johansson on injured reserve Wednesday due to a lower-body injury.

Blue Jackets put F Emil Bemstrom (oblique) on IR

The Columbus Blue Jackets put forward Emil Bemstrom on injured reserve Thursday, hours before their season opener against the Arizona Coyotes.

Bemstrom, 22, strained his left oblique in practice Tuesday. He’s expected to be out four to six weeks.

Entering his third season with the Blue Jackets, Bemstrom has played in 76 games. He has 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) to go with eight penalty minutes and six power-play goals.

The Blue Jackets selected the 6-foot Swede in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. In 2019-20, he led the team’s rookies in goals (10), points (20) and power-play goals (five) in 56 games.

–Field Level Media