NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/2/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
October 2, 2014
The countdown to the NHL regular season stands at just six days, and we hockey fans are chomping at the proverbial bit in anticipation. While we’re waiting, let’s kill some time by taking our daily look around the league and see which players are in the news this morning. Here’s the latest.
Colorado’s Jesse Winchester was injured in Tuesday’s preseason game, and the tests have confirmed that he has a concussion.
We’ll have to see how Winchester progresses through the league’s concussion protocol, but there’s a pretty decent chance that this injury could cut into his regular season.
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Even though the Red Wings’ Jonathan Ericsson doesn’t think he’ll be at 100 percent for the remainder of the team’s preseason, he does think that he’ll be back to his old self by the time the regular season begins.
Ericsson is fighting off a hip flexor injury and a broken finger, and once he gets a few more skates under his belt he should be good to go.
Maxim Noreau was waived by the Avalanche on Tuesday. The move doesn’t come as a big surprise, as he’s only got a half-dozen NHL games to his credit and seems destined for the AHL once again.
Let’s take a moment to visit with the Wild’s goalie battle, as there have been some interesting happenings out in Minnesota. Although Niklas Backstrom came into camp as the favorite for the No. 1 net-minder position, he’s reportedly losing his grip on that top spot.
Backup Darcy Kuemper has made up quite a bit of ground after agreeing to his new contract and seems to be a better long-term plan for the team in goal.
Backstrom is coming off an injury-troubled and downer campaign, which seems to be hanging over into this new year. We’ll likely see a fairly even split in the early-going, but Kuemper should end up separating himself over the course of the season.
The Bruins sent Alexander Khokhlachev down to the AHL yesterday. He’ll be among the first names that Boston looks at when they need a player to cover injury.
Khokhlachev posted 21 goals in 65 appearances last year with Providence.
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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