NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/29/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 29, 2014
We’ve completed another week in the NHL off-season, and now that the draft is all finished up, we can take stock of what’s happened and start looking forward to the free agency period. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa Senators: Here’s an interesting draft-day scenario that didn’t work out. The Senators had a deal in place with the Predators involving Jason Spezza, but the move didn’t materialize because he vetoed the trade.
It sounds like there’s a soap opera brewing within the Sens’ organization, and news like this only seems to deepen the question marks surrounding a potential move. A Spezza trade has been talked about for a while now (and still is more than likely to happen), but it remains to be seen how much bad press will come out of Ottawa before a move goes down.
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Toronto Maple Leafs News: We’ve got a few nuggets on the Leafs this morning, so let’s stay north of the border and check out what’s happening there. The team is reportedly interested in the Devils’ Martin Brodeur, but only on the contingency that he’d be a backup and not a starter. We doubt that Brodeur would want to take a No. 2 job, much less with the Leafs, but stranger things have happened.
Now let’s examine Toronto’s top defensive pairing for this upcoming year. With Carl Gunnarsson gone (he went to the Blues yesterday in exchange for Roman Polak), there’s a vacancy in that pairing and two names have emerged as potential candidates. Leafs GM Dave Nonis says he wants either Jake Gardiner or Morgan Reilly to take the spot, but it’s unclear whether either player would be ready to take that step. Gardiner took a while to get going last season, and Reilly is simply to young. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what happens here. Look for Toronto to possibly sign a backup plan in free agency--or they could always tinker with Polak’s role).
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Detroit Red Wings: We’ll close things out today on Alfredsson, who has a big decision to make this off-season. He’ll be choosing whether to re-sign for another campaign or hang up his skates for good, but he says he won’t be making a decision until August or September.
Alfredsson is going to see how he feels when he starts skating again, and doesn’t sound like he’ll listen to any other offers from other teams. It’ll be Detroit or the couch for him.
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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