NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/5/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 5, 2014
It was a relatively slow weekend for NHL news, even considering the fact that we’re knee-deep in the off-season right now. Still, there’s plenty to look forward to this week as teams continue to hammer out salaries and add new pieces. Let’s start things out by taking our daily look at the headlines.
Capitals Outlook: Let’s start things off by cruising on over to DC to check in on the Capitals as they look to rebound after missing out on the playoffs in 2013-14 for the first time in seven seasons.
The team has a new GM in Brian MacLellan and a new coach in Barry Trotz. It remains to bee seen what they can get out of their new off-season additions on defense (Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik), but overall things are looking up on that side--as long as John Carlson and Karl Alzner can chip in on offense here and there as well.
The team also has a hole at the No. 2 center position (right behind Nicklas Backstrom). The two candidates who have the best chance at landing the role are Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson. Kuznetsov, specifically, is already being tagged for a breakout campaign. He came over from Russia in March and promptly dropped in nine points in 17 appearances.
Overall, we’d say the odds are good that the Caps will return to the postseason this year. Get used to seeing Alex Ovechkin on the highlight reels as well; The early indications are that he’s in sync with Trotz’s outlook.
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Johansen Deal Far Off?: Yesterday, we got some additional insight into the contract talks between C Ryan Johansen and the Blue Jackets. It seems the two sides are around $3 million in annual salary apart in their proposed deals, so things are at a standstill right now.
Johansen and Columbus will be working out a “bridge” contract to get to the arbitration years, but it seems we’re stuck on the salary at the moment. Johansen won’t be back in town until later this month, but everyone expects the two sides to reconvene talks when he arrives. We’ll keep you posted on how things go.
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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