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July 21, 2014
It’s the start of a new workweek, and along with that the NHL off-season news continues to trickle in. We’ve got a few new happenings and updates for you this morning, so with that said let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see who’s in the news right now.
Franson Arbitration: Today will be a big day in the career of Leafs defenseman Cody Franson. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for today, as he and Toronto wrestle over his salary demands.
Here’s the situation as reported by sources close to the team: Franson is asking $4.2 million in his new contract, while the Leafs have only offered $2 million. That’s quite a discrepancy, and the arbitrator will have to weigh the evidence and see where to put his price tag.
The general consensus seems to be that Franson will get something closer to the team’s $2 million offer, as he’s coming off a “blah” season. We’ll have to wait and see for sure, though.
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Del Zotto Latest: Former Predator and current free agent defenseman Michal Del Zotto is still looking for a job, but apparently has at least a few prospects. He’s been in contact with “a bunch” of teams, but wouldn’t go into specifics when asked which teams those are.
Del Zotto is likely looking for a spot in someone’s top four, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of confidence that he’ll get it--most of those roles are spoken for. He may have to settle for a depth add.
Hackett Update: Yesterday, we got a bit of an update on injured Sabres goalie Matt Hackett, so let’s see how he’s fairing in his recovery.
During the second-to-last game of the Sabres’ season, he tore his ACL, which required corrective surgery to fix. Now it seems we’ve got our first target date on his return, which could be right around Christmas.
There’s still quite a bit of speculation here, as Hackett isn’t that too far removed from surgery. That said, Buffalo really has no reason to rush him back, as they’ve got a couple of other capable net-minders on the roster. Even if healthy, he could be AHL bound.
NHL Daily Schedule: The league action will be picking back up again on Wednesday, October 8. Let’s check out the schedule for that evening and see what we can expect on opening night.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the remaining 2014 off-season calendar. There’s been quite a bit of action keeping us occupied so far, and we’ve still got more to look forward to.
Mid-September: Training camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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