NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/19/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Recent League News, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 19, 2014
Even though no one’s out on the ice right now--and won’t be for quite some time--it’s still a very busy time of year in the NHL. We’ve got the draft and free agency period coming up very quickly, which will offer a glimpse of what’s to come in the near future for the league. Here’s a look at the current news this morning.
R.J. Umberger, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets: The Jackets may not be able to find a trade partner for the aging Umberger, but they’re certainly going to try. He’s submitted a list of 10 no-trade teams to Columbus’ management, and they’ll actively be shopping him heading into the draft.
Umberger is under contract to make $4.6 million over the next three years, so we may see a buyout coming if the Jackets can’t find any takers.
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Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals: By most indications, Holtby will be getting a heavy workload in the 2014-15 campaign. Caps GM Brian MacLellan said this week that he sees Holtby as the team’s starter this year and will ideally pair him with a veteran backup this summer.
With Washington bringing on Mitch Korn to coach up the team’s goalies, the future is looking bright for Holtby. He’ll be shouldering the load in Washington for the foreseeable future and have a prime opportunity to show what he can do in the net.
Around the League: Let’s finish up today with a few quick hits from around the league. Here’s what’s been happening on the roster front recently.
The Dallas Stars won’t be making contract offers to LW Ray Whitney or G Tim Thomas next year. Both are over 40 and may simply end up hanging their skates if they don’t catch on somewhere else for a year.
Meanwhile, Vernon Fiddler reportedly rejected an extension offer from the team, and it sounds like he’ll be hitting the open market.
Mike Brown and Alex Stalock both signed two-year deals with the Sharks. Brown’s is a $2.4 million contract and Stalock’s is for $3.2.
Dale Weise signed a two-year contract extension himself with his team the Canadiens. He served as a good source of energy for Montreal during the latter part of the season and the playoffs.
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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