NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/5/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 5, 2014
There’s not much time left until the NHL training camps get going, and once those are in full swing it’ll really feel like the season is on its way. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about. With that said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s going on out there right now.
Krejci Deal: Let’s start things out this morning with the proverbial elephant in the room. Star center David Krejci and the Bruins have agreed to a big-time contract extension, with the news being announced early yesterday.
The deal is for six years and $43.5 million in total money. That sounds like a lot, but in the long run it probably saved Boston some dough. With Krejci now signed, he won’t be going to free agency next summer--if he had, he likely could have commanded even more money.
Now, it’s time for Krejci to go out there and prove himself--not necessarily in the regular season, but in the playoffs.
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Heatley Outlook: This week, we got some insight as to left winger Dany Heatley’s potential role with the Ducks this season. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau seems to be a big fan, and this week he predicted that Heatley might be able to make the team’s top line.
If Heatley does indeed get into the top spot alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (in place of Dustin Penner), he’ll have the opportunity for something of a career resurgence. Heatley has the capacity to post upwards of 50 goals in a season (he’s done it twice), but it’s been a while since he’s shown his optimum output.
Vincour Deal: We haven’t had a chance to check this one out just yet, so let’s visit with the Avalanche and Tomas Vincour.
This week, Vincour inked a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado, following a six-goal, five-assist (39 games) stint in the KHL last season. He’s obviously a depth signing, however, and we don’t see him getting out of the AHL much in 2014-15.
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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