NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/30/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 30, 2014
One of the most exciting times in the NHL off-season is fast approaching with this week’s free agency period. We’re sure to hear plenty of hearsay and speculation surrounding many of the top players, but we won’t know anyone’s destination for sure until the pen hits the paper. That said, let’s take a look at some of the headlines out there today.
Bruins News: Let’s start things out today by checking out the Bruins and a couple of news items out of Boston. First off, there’s a sizable chance that the team will not extend a qualifying offer to LW Jordan Caron. He’s likely to catch on somewhere else after tallying just three points in his 35 games last year.
Boston is also expected to lose out on RW Jarome Iginla, thanks to their issues against the salary cap. There’s still a chance they could find some interesting way to fit him in, but it’s more likely that another team will swoop in and entice him away.
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Sam Gagner Trade: Gagner didn’t spend long in Tampa Bay. A matter of hours after the Lightning got him off the Oilers, they sent him packing to Phoenix in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2015.
The Lightning will have to eat 1/3 of Gagner’s salary, but still come out ahead in the salary cap game. This works out for Gagner as well, as he’ll be useful in Phoenix and should end up in their top six.
Around the League: Let’s check out a few other news tidbits from around the league as we head toward free agency.
The Panthers put defenseman Ed Jovanovski on unconditional waivers yesterday, which means they’ll be buying out his contract. He counted $4 million against the cap and is getting up there in years (38). He may simply retire.
Christian Ehrhoff could be in the same boat. Buffalo has begun a compliance buyout of his remaining contract, trimming some of the weight from their rebuilding efforts. Ehroff posted 33 points and a minus-27 rating last season. Look for the Sabres to add some relatively expensive veterans in free agency to compensate for their salary dumps.
The Canadiens reportedly want to trade defenseman Josh Gorges, who has submitted his list of 15 preferred trade destinations (all are reportedly in the United States). Gorges counts $3.9 million against the cap and is likely to garner some significant interest in the days ahead.
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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