NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/16/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on O'Reilly, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 16, 2014
With the buzz from the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals beginning to wear off, we’ve got a long and eventful off-season to look forward to. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the latest happenings out there.
Ryan O’Reilly, C, Colorado Avalanche: The big news coming out of the NHL yesterday was the report that said the Avalanche would be taking O’Reilly to a club-elected salary arbitration. He’s coming off a team-leading 28 goals this year and tallied 64 points.
He signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Flames last February and could become a restricted free agent this July.
We’ll keep an eye on things and let you know what happens.
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2014 Mock Draft: As this year’s NHL draft creeps closer and closer, it’s getting to be the season for the mock draft. We’re no different, as we’ve got our own ideas as to how the top picks will play out. Here’s a look at a potential top five when June 27 gets here.
1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie
2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay
3. Edmonton Oilers: Sam Bennett, C, Kingston
4. Calgary Flames: Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert
5. NY Islanders: Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa
Around the League: It was a busy weekend in the NHL, and now that everything has calmed down a bit let’s check out some of the developing storylines that have been making the rounds over the past couple of days.
Thomas Vanek may not be heading to Minnesota come the July 1 free agency period. The Wild are reportedly not as high on him as they once were, thanks to a pretty unproductive Stanley Cup Playoffs. Vanek definitely wants to go to Minnesota, but the team may not want to offer him the big-time, long-term deal he’s seeking anymore. He may have to go somewhere else.
Down in Tampa Bay, Ryan Malone will likely be getting a buyout from the Lightning following a slew of injury issues and off-ice antics that have soured the team on him. If the Bolts do go through with the buyout, they’ll save $4.5 million in cap money.
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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