NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/24/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 24, 2014
Even though it’s the off-season, the NHL has been alive recently with a host of daily transactions and news items. With that in mind, let’s take our daily peek at the league’s headlines and check out the storylines that everyone’s talking about this morning.
Kreider Deal: A day after ending arbitration with winger Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers pulled off another deal with another winger that would avoid arbitration all together. Yesterday, the team agreed to terms with Chris Kreider on a two-year deal worth $4.95 million. The agreement happened just before the actual arbitration hearing.
The one-year vet Kreider posted 17 goals and 20 helpers in 66 games during his rookie season. He helped out quite a bit during the Rangers’ miraculous run to the Stanley Cup Finals, posting five scores and eight assists in 15 games.
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O’Reilly Deal: Here’s another pretty big signing. The Avalanche and C Ryan O’Reilly agreed to a two-year contract worth $12 million, avoiding their own upcoming arbitration hearing.
This deal is something of an unexpected happening, as it seemed the two sides were really far apart in the past few weeks. That said, this two-year contract doesn’t offer much hope in the way of O’Reilly sticking with the Avalanche long-term. We’ll see what happens when he hits free agency in 2016.
Benoit Deal: Defenseman Andre Benoit inked a one-year, $800,000 deal with Buffalo yesterday. He’s coming off a 79-game season with the Avalanche, during which he posted 28 points.
The 30-year-old Benoit is a nice pickup for Buffalo, who suffered on that side of the ice last season. He and their other off-season additions should help improve things in 2014-15.
Rissanen Deal: Rasmus Rissanen signed a one-year deal with the Hurricanes yesterday. It’s a two-way contract. He’ll be a depth piece once again and will spend the bulk of his time in AHL barring some unforeseen circumstances.
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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