NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/17/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on News From Across the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 17, 2014
We’re churning through the first full week of the NHL off-season, and there’s a lot to look forward to in the immediate future. The draft and free agent period are right around the corner, which will give us lots of topics to debate and ponder as the 2014-15 campaign draws near. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Dominic Moore, C, New York Rangers: It sounds like the Rangers and Dominic Moore could be headed for a reunion next year. The fourth-liner is reportedly hopeful that he’ll be able to re-sign with the Eastern Conference champs after nearly reaching the top of the proverbial mountain.
Moore could probably get more ice time with another team, but he seems to be a good fit in New York. He posted three goals and five assists in the team’s playoff run.
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Michal Handzus, C, Chicago Blackhawks: On the flip side of the coin, it’s looking like Handzus and the Blackhawks won’t be reuniting next season. He’s been informed by the team that they’re going in a different direction, which is a consistent breakup phrase across all of professional sports.
Handzus may or may not retire after this one; He’s 37 years old and has been playing since 1998-99. He’s probably got a little more hockey left in him, though, so if he decides to play again he’ll catch on somewhere.
Anton Stralman, D, New York Rangers: Let’s head back to New York and check in on Stralman, who is going to be a hot commodity on the free agent market this summer. He’s coming off a nice postseason, logging a plus-4 rating and five assists in 25 games.
Stralman will probably get quite a bit of interest from several teams, so the rumors will be rampant until he signs. The good news for prospective buyers is that he seems to be entering the prime of his career and should put up nice numbers for at least a few years to come.
Shawn Thornton, RW, Boston Bruins: The Bruins won’t be hanging on to Thornton, as it was announced by sources close to the team that he won’t be a candidate for a re-signing.
He’ll be an unrestricted free agent coming off an eight-point, 74-PIM year in 64 games on the fourth line. He’ll get some looks from teams in search of veteran leadership and toughness, though, so there’s definitely a market here.
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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