NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/24/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on News From Across the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 24, 2014
As we continue to cruise toward this year’s NHL Draft and free agency period, there are several things for us fans to keep an eye on. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league at some of the key players and hot-button topics out there making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Gallant Era Begins: Gerard Gallant got his official introduction as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers during a press conference yesterday, following Saturday’s announcement that he’d be taking the job. He comes in to relieve interim coach Peter Horachek, who himself was canned after taking over for Kevin Dineen in November.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon gave Gallant a glowing review yesterday, calling the hiring a “great opportunity.”
The 50-year-old Gallant, who comes to the Panthers after spending two years as an assistant with Montreal, will oversee a rebuilding effort by a franchise struggling to gain footing in their conference. We’ll likely see a bit of action in free agency from Florida as they flip their roster over to fit the new regime.
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Flyers-Jackets Deal: There was an interesting trade that went down yesterday between Philadelphia and Columbus, and it looks befitting for both teams involved. The Blue Jackets traded R.J. Umberger to the Flyers, and in exchange they got Scot Hartnell and a fourth-round draft pick in 2015.
For Umberger, it’s a reunion of sorts--he played in Philly for the first three years of his career. He requested a trade earlier this off-season, and it didn’t take too long for him to get his wish.
Hartnell, meanwhile, heads to Columbus as part of an effort to give the team more of an offensive spark. He’s coming off a 20-goal, 32-assist campaign last year and will look to improve in his 14th NHL year.
Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens inked Markov to a three-year extension yesterday, which will keep him in Montreal and prevent him from hitting the free agent market this off-season.
Markov was a steady defensive presence for the Canadiens last year, coming up with 43 points while skating primarily in the team’s second pairing.
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
October 8: First game of the 2014-15 NHL season
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