NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/6/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 6, 2014
The minor storylines and transactions around the NHL continue to trickle in, and even though it’s the off-season, there are plenty of headlines out there to keep up occupied. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the notable stories and situations around the league right now in our daily roundup.
Timonen Health: Yesterday, we got some updates on Flyers goalie Kimmo Timonen’s health, and it really doesn’t look so good. He’s dealing with blood clots in both lungs and in his right leg, which leads to lots of question marks about his playing status for this upcoming season.
Timonen just inked a one-year deal with Philadelphia, but he’s got to get over this recent health scare before we can talk about him taking the ice. He’s undergoing treatment in Finland right now, so we’ll know more about his status soon.
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Pitkanen Status: Yesterday, we also got some indications as to former Hurricane Joni Pitkanen’s status, and that’s not looking so good either. Word broke that he’s not so sure he’ll be able to play at all during the 2014-15 season, thanks to complications from a broken heel suffered in April of last year.
Pitkanen is just 30 years old, but it’s conceivable that he’s reached the end of the line. He had a three-year deal with the ‘Canes that expired this summer, and at this point we’re not too hopeful that he’ll be healthy enough to catch on anywhere this year.
Sutter Deal: The Penguins were active yesterday, inking C Brandon Sutter to a two-year, $6.6 million deal. He was a key contributor during their Stanley Cup Playoffs run this past season, and logged 13 goals with 13 assists in 81 appearances during the regular season.
Swiss Signings: A couple of ex-NHLers inked contracts with Swiss teams this week. Tom Pyatt signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette, and Adam Hall signed a one-year deal with HC Ambri-Piotta. Neither player garnered much interest on the open market in the NHL this off-season, which contributed to the moves.
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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