NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/29/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 29, 2014
We learned a lot about our favorite NHL players and teams this weekend; That’s likely to continue this week as we continue with the exhibition games. In the meantime, we’ll take our daily look around the league and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
The Stars’ Cody Eakin still doesn’t have a contract yet, and by most indications there hasn’t been much progress made on that front thus far.
The two sides still have a little time before the opener on October 9, so this situation hasn’t reached critical level just yet. That said, Eakin’s missing out on some very valuable practice time with his teammates right now and it’ll be hard getting him up to speed when he does return.
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The Bruins sent some players to the AHL yesterday. Both Zach Trotman (defenseman) and Seth Griffin (center) were sent down, but we could see both back with the team soon.
Griffin will be among the first players called up due to injury, and Trotman has a contract that turns to a one-way deal next year.
Let’s go back to the Stars for a moment and look at Brenden Dillon. You would think that he’d be a priority for Dallas, given their lack of depth at the defenseman position, but he and the team are still at odds over a new contract.
We’re not giving up hope that Dillon will enter the year with a fresh deal; It’s just taken more time than we (and everyone else) thought.
Defending East champions New York had some issues in the injury department yesterday. Center Matthew Lombardi hurt his groin at practice and has been ruled out for the next two preseason games.
This is a rough break for the Rangers, as they’re not doing too well at keeping their centers healthy. Derek Stepan’s broken leg will keep him out until late next month and now with Lombardi gone, they’ll need someone to step up. Keep a close eye on the youngsters here. One or two of them could carve out a recurring role in the offense.
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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