NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/26/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Recent Signings, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 26, 2014
Even though the NHL rinks are dark, it’s a very exciting time to be a hockey fan. This off-season has brought plenty of drama, and there’s plenty more on the way with the start of the draft and free agency period coming in the next week. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the latest news.
Ryan Callahan, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Yesterday morning, news broke that the Lightning had re-signed winger Ryan Callahan. Let’s take a look at the specifics of that deal and the outlook it gives the Bolts this season and beyond.
Callahan’s contract is for six years and is reportedly worth $34.8 million. The 29-year-old is coming off a 20-game stretch with the Lightning last year, posting 11 points in that time frame. He came to Tampa Bay via the Rangers in the Martin St. Louis deal on the trade deadline March 5.
Now that he’s got his new deal, Callahan will have to step up and be a leader for the Lightning. He was shut out during the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year as Tampa Bay was swept by the Canadiens.
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Nikitin Signs: One other big signing from yesterday involved defenseman Nikita Nikitin and the Edmonton Oilers. He signed a two-year, $9 million deal with them yesterday, which comes as a conclusion to the Oilers acquiring his rights from Columbus. Edmonton surrendered a fifth-round pick in the deal.
Nikitin is currently 28 years old and will bring some strength, depth and experience to the Oilers’ blue line. He posted 15 points and 20 PIM during 66 games last season and should bolster the Edmonton defense.
Other Notable Transactions Yesterday: There were a couple of other noteworthy signings yesterday, so let’s check those out and see what happened. The Red Wings signed Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, $1.85 million deal, which will have him backing up Jimmy Howard in net for at least one more campaign. He was 16-5-4 last year.
The defending champion Kings also made some headlines yesterday by signing RW Marian Gaborik to a seven-year deal with a reported average annual salary of $4.875 million. Gaborik’s heroics in the Stanley Cup playoffs obviously helped his case here; He notched a league-high 14 goals in the postseason.
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-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 games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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