NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/10/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 10, 2014
It’s been a relatively quiet NHL off-season weekend, but we’ve still seen a few notable happenings and transactions that will affect the upcoming year. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Brouillette Deal: We didn’t get a chance to examine this one a couple of days back, so let’s take a look at the Jets’ signing from late last week.
Winnipeg inked defenseman Julien Brouillette to a one-year, two-way deal. The contract is worth a reported $600,000.
Brouillette played the bulk of last season at the AHL level, logging a total of 20 points in 51 appearances. He was most recently with the Capitals, and played in 10 games with them (two points). He’s a nice depth add for the Jets.
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Jets Outlook: Speaking of the Jets, let’s visit with them while we’re on the subject and try to figure out what they need to be doing to try and end their playoff drought.
Last year, Winnipeg finished in last place in the Central with an ugly 37-35-10 total. The team apparently feels that they’re not too far from a breakthrough, however, as the roster wasn’t blown up this summer. The team added Mathieu Perreault to anchor the third line, but otherwise we’ll be seeing mostly the same faces as last year.
Coach Paul Maurice has already informed the team that they’ll be put through the ringer in training camp in an effort to improve their conditioning. That should help control some of those overtime/shootout losses.
Two big things will need improvement in Winnipeg this year. One, the Jets need to beat teams they’re supposed to beat. They had a spotty record against non-playoff opponents, and that needs to get better. Also, Winnipeg needs to treat each divisional game as a do-or-die scenario. They were an abysmal 9-15-5 against the Central last season. They’ll get a shot to show their stuff early on in the year, as four of their first seven home games come against division opponents.
Bourque Deal: Late last week, the Rangers were also active with signings, inking C Ryan Bourque to a deal. The team didn’t make the terms public.
Bourque posted 21 goals, 16 helpers and a nice plus-16 rating with Hartford last season in 74 appearances. If he continues to improve, he could earn an extended call-up eventually.
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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