NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/1/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 1, 2014
Today marks one of the most fun and interesting parts of the NHL off-season. It’s the beginning of the free agency period, and there’s sure to be plenty of big-time news and rumors heading our way over the next few weeks. With that in mind, let’s check the headlines and see what’s happening out there right now.
Patrick Marleau, C, San Jose Sharks: There’s been quite a bit of speculation this off-season when it comes to Patrick Marleau’s future in San Jose. Sharks GM Doug Wilson re-signed Marleau last season, but has also said that he would like to move him.
Marleau, however, has said that he wants to remain in San Jose, and he’s got a no-trade clause in his contract so any potential trades would be nixed by him if he so desired. There’s still a chance Marleau could waive his clause, though, if Wilson can convince him that it’s better for all parties if he moves on. We doubt we’ve heard the last of this situation, so we’ll keep you posted.
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Avalanche-Canadiens Trade: Yesterday we saw a pretty significant trade go down between Colorado and Montreal. The swap was for P.A. Parenteau along with a fifth-rounder in exchange for Daniel Briere. It’s an even switch salary-wise, with both guys getting $4 million this year.
Briere is entering the final year of his contract and waived his no-trade clause in this deal in order to move to Montreal. As for Parenteau, he’s still got an additional year on his contract after this one.
Stars News: We’ve got a few tidbits out of Dallas this morning, so let’s check in on some of the happenings there. The team gave qualifying offers to a handful of players yesterday, including D Brenden Dillon, C Cody Eakin, D Cameron Gaunce and RW Scott Glennie. The moves suggest that those players will likely be back with Dallas next year.
On the other hand, the team declined to give offers to another handful of players, including D Ryan Button and C Dustin Jeffrey. Button was mostly the victim of a crowded roster, and Jeffrey hasn’t quite caught on for any extended period at the NHL level.
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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