NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/12/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 12, 2014
Now that we’re a couple of days removed from the weekend, we’re starting to see the NHL off-season news ratchet back up again. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see exactly what our favorite teams and players have been up to. Here’s the latest.
Bishop Update: Yesterday, we got a little bit of an update on the Lightning’s net-minder Ben Bishop and his recovery from his wrist surgery.
Last week, Bishop began facing shots, which was his first time doing that since his procedure. Everything reportedly went well, and he’ll be ramping up his rehab in the upcoming weeks. If all goes as planned, Bishop will be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, which is great news for Tampa Bay. They’ll be relying on him heavily once again during the 2014-15 campaign and will anchor their game strategies on his strength in the net.
Flyers Outlook: Let’s take a moment to check in on the status of the Philadelphia Flyers as they head into the 2014-15 season.
The team hasn’t really made too many changes in this off-season, mostly because they’re strapped for cash up against the salary cap, but also because the front office believes they’ve got a nice group in place. Philly lost in seven games during the Eastern Conference First Round in the playoffs last year and will head into this season looking pretty similar.
Sure there will be some new faces, most notably R.J. Umberger, who came from Columbus in the Scott Hartnell trade (and that one will help the Flyers’ salary cap constraints in the near future), but for the most part it’ll be a reset for this team.
It’ll be interesting to see who the Flyers select to replace Hartnell on the top line. Umberger seems to be the logical choice, but Vincent Lecavalier, Michael Raffl and Brayden Schenn all have the talent to step up in that role as well.
One other pressing issue this off-season is the health of defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who has been dealing with blood clots in his leg and lungs. It seems as if the team will be without him for a while, so they’ll have to figure out which player can fill that void as they await a long-term prognosis. The good news is that Philly has a lot of younger defensemen who might be able to take the challenge.
It goes without saying that it will be an interesting season for the Flyers.
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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