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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/8/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Kings, NHL Finals TV Schedule and More

June 8, 2014

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We’re now two games into the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, which means we’re very close to crowing a new champion. While we’re waiting on tomorrow’s Game 3, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.

Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles Kings: This is getting to be a regular pattern for the Kings. Last night in Game 2, Los Angeles overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and eventually took their second straight win over the Rangers by a score of 5-4.
It took a pair of overtime periods to decide this one, with Brown finally putting an end to things with a tip-in at 10:26 in the second extra. Also of note were Justin Williams, who had three assists on the night, and Marian Gaborik, who capped the Kings’ two-goal comeback with a wrist shot at 7:36 in the third. Dwight King also cut the Rangers’ lead to one goal on a (very controversial due to a non-call for goalie interference) score.
Interestingly enough, the Kings haven’t technically held a lead in the past 229:15 of play, all the way back in the third period of Game 6 in the Western Conference Final. It seems no one can hold a lead against this team, and they always find a way to dig themselves out of a hole.
As for New York, it’s do-or-die time in Game 3 tomorrow night. If they can’t gain some traction in this series at home--and that includes winning both games at the Garden--then this series is over.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/8/14

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Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver Canucks: Let’s head up to Vancouver and check in on Kesler, who is making headlines this weekend. The latest word is that he wants a trade off the Canucks’ roster, so we may see him switching addresses very soon.
Kesler reportedly has a half-dozen teams on his short list of potential destinations, with both the Ducks and Flyers making the cut. It’s not known which clubs have interest at this point, but anyone taking Kesler would have to accept what remains as a two-year, $5 million deal.

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: Now that the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are off and running, let’s check out the upcoming schedule and see what we can be expecting from the series.

Game 1 @Los Angeles: Wednesday, June 4 (NBC) Kings Lead Series 1-0
Game 2 @Los Angeles: Saturday, June 7 (NBC) Kings Lead Series 2-0
Game 3 @New York: Monday, June 9 (NBCSN)
Game 4 @New York: Wednesday, June 11 (NBCSN)
Game 5 @Los Angeles: Friday, June 13* (NBC)
Game 6 @New York: Monday, June 16* (NBC)
Game 7 @Los Angeles: Wednesday, June 18* (NBC)
(*Games 5-7 if necessary)

NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the 2014 off-season calendar. There should be plenty to keep us occupied as we gear up for next year.

June 25: NHL Awards
June 25-July 1: Teams can conduct interviews with unrestricted free agents
June 27-28: 2014 NHL Draft
June 30: Deadline to tender offers to restricted free agents
July 1: Start of free agency period
Early July: Rookie development camps begin
Mid-September: Training camp begins

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