NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/6/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 6, 2014
Considering the fact that we’re still entrenched in the off-season, it’s been a fairly active week for NHL news. We’ve got another round of headlines to go over today, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the ongoing storylines and newsworthy players out there as we wait for those training camps to get going.
Barrie Deal: This one happened late in the week, but we haven’t had a chance to visit with it yet, so let’s see what’s going on there.
The Avalanche and defenseman Tyson Barrie agreed to a two-year, $5.2 million contract on Thursday. This follows a 64-game, 13-goal campaign from him in 2013-14. Barrie is coming off a sprained MCL but should be hitting the season in stride.
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Hurricanes’ Goalie Situation: Training camp will be pretty interesting for the ‘Canes. Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward will be duking it out for the right to be the No. 1 net-minder, and as of right now it seems the gig could go either way.
Khudobin had a great year in 2013-14, posting a 19-14-1 season with a 2.36 GAA and .926 save percentage, taking over the top spot from the oft-injured Ward.
Speaking of Ward, he’s reportedly changed things up with regard to his conditioning and diet during this off-season and should be coming into training camp strong and focused.
As it stands right now, it seems these two will be locked in a time-share situation. That said, if one distinguishes himself over the other, don’t be surprised if that changes in a hurry.
Dupuis Outlook: One of the storylines heading into Penguins camp will be the potential role of right winger Pascal Dupuis. He’s the odd man out now that Sidney Crosby has been paired up with Chris Kunitz, and there’s now some question as to his role with that unit.
New Pens coach Mike Johnston is supposedly shaking things up with the Pittsburgh lineups, so don’t be surprised to see Dupuis among a seemingly odd pairing. The good news is that he should be plenty healthy by the time the season starts (he’s coming off knee surgery), and will look to return to form in the new 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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