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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Kings, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 14, 2014
The 2013-14 NHL Season is officially at an end, and it’s a bittersweet feeling knowing we’ve got a long off-season ahead. That said, there will still be plenty to talk about from now until next year, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the headlines.
Alec Martinez, D, Los Angeles Kings: It’s fitting that the Kings’ Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 victory last night came with its fair share of drama. Los Angeles won the championship for the second time in the last three seasons with a high-octane 3-2 double-overtime victory over the visiting Rangers.
Martinez sealed the game for his team on a rebound at the 14:43 mark in the second OT, marking his second consecutive series-clinching overtime winner.
On the other side, New York certainly had their chances. Henrik Lundqvist fought valiantly, fending off 48 shots and certainly giving his team an opportunity to steal one in L.A. The Rangers just didn’t get the bounces this time, as there were plenty of crossbar deflections and near-misses here. Actually, either team could have won it if not for the space of a few inches.
As for the Kings, this win marks the end of a hectic Stanley Cup run. They overcame series deficits against the Sharks and Ducks, then barely fended off the Blackhawks in the conference finals. For that reason, this Cup victory might seem a little bit sweeter than the 2012 version.
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Around the League: Let’s check in on some of the minor developments happening around the NHL as we cruise toward the 2014-15 campaign.
George Parros won’t be back with the Canadiens next season and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 when the period begins. This won’t affect Montreal much, as he only played in 27 games this past year.
Kimmo Timonen will be back with Philadelphia for at least one more season. He signed a one-year contract with the Flyers yesterday, which will likely keep happening each summer until he retires. The 39-year-old posted 35 points in 2013-14.
The Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov has quite a while to wait until he gets healthy. He reportedly won’t be able to come back to the ice until September or October after suffering a broken wrist in the IIHF World Championships. This is a big setback for Orlov, who emerged as a very capable defenseman last season.
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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