NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/14/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 14, 2014
It’s a new workweek, and after a bit of a lull in the NHL off-season activity over the past couple of days, we should see the transactions picking up again today. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the latest news and happenings out there as we cruise toward the 2014-15 campaign.
Patrick Holland, RW, Montreal Canadiens: We got an update on Holland’s progress yesterday, so let’s check in on him and see how he’s doing. He participated in Montreal’s development camp and scored a couple of times in the scrimmage. Sources close to the team say he’s been working hard this off-season in adding strength and additional speed with his feet.
Whether or not that will translate to the ice remains to be seen, but it’s good to hear. The Canadiens definitely need Holland’s help at the position, as they don’t have a whole lot of depth there. He could play a big part with the team if he can get it going.
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Ryan O’Reilly, C, Colorado Avalanche: It seems like all the news surrounding the Avalanche involves O’Reilly and his contract--or lack thereof--and none of the news is good. The two sides are most likely going to have to go into arbitration, as there doesn’t seem to be any happy medium in sight when it comes to a new deal.
The Avalanche filed for arbitration in June, and since then there have been no formal talks. O’Reilly and his camp are reportedly pretty unhappy with the whole situation, so we’ll likely end up seeing him get a short-term deal and bolt in free agency ASAP.
Alexander Semin, RW, Carolina Hurricanes: Now let’s head over to the coast and check out the Hurricanes, as we got some fresh info on Semin this weekend. He’s reportedly right on track in his return from wrist surgery, and if all goes well he’ll be good to go for training camp.
Semin needs to be at 100 percent at the beginning of this season if he wants to get back to playing as he’s capable. He posted 42 points (20 goals) last year in 65 games, but is capable of a point-per-game clip. Whether or not he can reach those heights again depends on his overall health, so this is a good start.
Dalpe Signing: Buffalo inked C Zac Dalpe to a one-year deal yesterday. He’s coming off a 55-game season with Vancouver, in which he posted four scores and three helpers. He’s a depth guy but could be a key contributor at his 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 camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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