NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/20/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 20, 2014
With the training camps off and running (er…skating) all across the NHL, we’ve had a good stretch of information coming in from around the league. Let’s keep that streak going this morning as we take our daily look at the headlines and see what everyone’s talking about right now.
Late this week, we learned that Philly defenseman Kimmo Timonen is very unlikely to take the ice this year for the Flyers. He’s been fighting off complications from blood clots in his lungs and leg, which prompted some to speculate he’d be announcing his retirement this week.
We’ll have to wait until January to see how Timonen has progressed from his blood clots, and at that point we’ll get a better picture as to whether or not he’ll play this year--or ever again.
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Strangely enough, the Canadiens will be playing Alex Galchenyuk at the center position during training camp, even though they’re pretty deep at that position. No one’s expecting him to stay there for the regular season, but some sources close to the team think Montreal is planting the seeds for a move there down the road.
The Blue Jackets’ Nathan Horton looks like he won’t be playing in training camp at all, and he could miss a chunk of the first part of the season as well. Horton’s fighting off a back issue, which is just the latest in a long line of injury concerns for him.
He played in just 36 matchups last year thanks to issues with his shoulder and abdominals, and this year’s not starting out too promising.
Yesterday morning, we learned that the Jackets rejected the most recent contract proposal from center Ryan Johansen’s camp, marking an extension of what’s been a very testy exchange between the two sides.
This has been a very public battle, and it’s not doing anyone any good having their names attached to such a bitter dispute. This may take a while.
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.
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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