NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/19/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 19, 2014
The NHL is hibernating in off-season mode right now, and training camps seem to be very far away. Even with that in mind, there are plenty of things to keep us hockey fans busy, as the league news continues to trickle in despite the drought in play. Here’s a look at some of the headlines in our daily roundup.
Leighton Deal: The Blackhawks were active yesterday, inking goalie Michael Leighton to a one-year contract. The plan seems to be that Chicago will start him in the AHL as the season begins and roll with Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta as their top two net-minders.
Leighton could conceivably overcome his depth role and make his way to the team if either of the top goalies goes down with an injury, however (or if Raanta has some significant performance issues).
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Milano heads to OHL: Here’s something of a surprising development out of Columbus. Sonny Milano, who was the Blue Jackets’ top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 16 overall), will be taking a spot with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League.
Milano had previously committed to playing with Boston College.
The rookie released a statement yesterday clarifying his intentions, saying that the OHL move was “the right decision” for his particular NHL path.
Milano is also going to be signing his entry level deal with Columbus.
Borowiecki Deal: The Senators were active yesterday as well, inking defenseman Mark Borowiecki to a three-year extension. The deal is worth $3.3 million.
This is a great development for Borowiecki, obviously, as this gives him some long-term contract stability. With the added minutes he’s sure to see, he’ll likely be able to ratchet up his points totals in the 2014-15 season.
Mason Status: We’ve got a Steve Mason update for you this morning, so let’s head over to Philly and see what he’s up to.
Yesterday, Mason started skating again for the first time since he broke his finger (which happened around three weeks ago). He’s still got some time to heal up and shake off the rust before training camp begins, and the expectation is that he’ll be good to go by then.
Mason is coming off a 33-18-7 season with a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage. The Flyers will be leaning on him heavily in the upcoming campaign.
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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