NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/31/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 31, 2014
Even though there’s no hockey on the horizon (and there won’t be for quite some time), it’s been a pretty active weekend for NHL transactions. Let’s continue our daily checkups with the league by taking a look at a few players who are in the news right now. Here’s the latest.
Gardiner Deal: We haven’t had a chance to examine this one just yet, so let’s take a closer look at the deal struck between defenseman Jake Gardiner and the Maple Leafs earlier this week.
The new contract is for five years at $20.25 million, which will lock Gardiner up for the foreseeable future. The 24-year-old has proven himself to be an important piece for the team. He’s coming into this year off a 10-goal, 21-assist campaign over the course of 80 appearances. We may very well see him on the top defensive pair this season.
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Yakupov Health: Let’s check in on the status of the Oilers’ Nail Yakupov. According to recent reports, he’s back to full health following his February foot injury and is now skating again. He had a down year in 2013-14, so he’ll have to step it up if he wants to match his promise. At least he’ll be healthy enough to do it.
Halischuk Deal: The Jets inked RW Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way contract yesterday. The deal is worth $725,000. This will be his second season in Winnipeg, and he’s coming off a 10-point campaign.
King Deal: Los Angeles winger Dwight King signed a three-year, $5.85 million deal with the team yesterday. The new agreement will avoid the salary arbitration hearing that was set for tomorrow.
King posted 15 scores, 15 helpers and a nice plus-16 rating in 2013-14.
Greene Deal: The Devils believe in their defenseman Andy Greene--so much so that they gave him a sweet multi-year deal yesterday. The extension is reported to be for five years at $25 million.
Greene has been with the team since 2006, when they signed him as a free agent. He’s entering the final year of a four-year contract and will now be locked up for the near future as New Jersey retools for another run in 2013-14.
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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