NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/4/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Recent Signings, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 4, 2014
We may see a bit of a lull in the NHL free agent market this weekend as players take some time off to relax and mull their options. Still, there will be plenty to talk about over the next few days with all the new signings and possible scenarios yet to unfold. Let’s get things started this morning with our daily league check-in. Here’s the latest.
Mike Santorelli, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs and Mike Santorelli agreed to a one-year deal yesterday. It’ll be worth $1.5 million.
Santorelli ended up going under the knife for a torn labrum early this year, which ended his season. Before that, he posted 10 goals and 18 assists in 49 games with Vancouver. He’s a very nice depth add for Toronto.
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Paul Byron, C, Calgary Flames: Even though he didn’t receive a qualifying offer from Calgary, the Flames were intent on keeping Byron. He signed a one-year deal with the team yesterday. Byron managed 21 points in 47 games last season on only 14:27 on the ice. It’s very possible that we’ll see him on the third line in Calgary this season.
Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils: Yesterday, we got some insight into the contract extension situation between Schneider and the Devils. GM Lou Lamoriello told the media that he’s “comfortable” a deal will be reached soon between the two sides.
Schneider is only signed through the 2014-15 season, and it’s looking like the organization wants to get him locked up ASAP. He went 16-15-12 this past year and led the league with a 1.97 GAA.
Minor Deals Around the League: There was a slew of minor signings and transactions happening around the NHL yesterday, so let’s visit in with a few of those and see who’s going where.
The Carolina Hurricanes signed D Tim Gleason to a one-year, $1.2 million deal. Toronto bought him out earlier this week. He posted just six points and a minus-21 rating in 56 games between two teams last year.
The Maple Leafs signed a one-year deal with C Petri Kontiola. He’s been in the KHL for the last five years and has 175 points in 258 games there.
The Rangers and Jason Missianen agreed to terms on a re-signing. With New York’s top two goalie slots secure, he’ll likely be with AHL Hartford all year.
Chuck Kobasew, most recently with the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be playing with SC Bern in Switzerland this upcoming year. He posted only two points in 33 games last season.
Tyson Strachan inked a two-way deal with the Sabres yesterday. It’s for one year. With a good showing at training camp, he could work his way into the top six defensemen on the squad.
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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