NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/9/15
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 9, 2015
It’s been a pretty crazy off-season week in the NHL, what with all the free agent signings and other news floating around out there. That said, let’s check out the headlines and see what’s new today.
Late Tuesday, the Blackhawks inked defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year deal worth $1.65 million.
Van Riemsdyk posted only one helper in his 18 regular-season games in Chicago during the 2014-15 season, but he was also dealing with a couple of injuries throughout the year. He may see an up-tick in ice time if he can stay healthy.
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Also late on Tuesday, the Blues signed Justin Hodgman to a deal. He’ll be a depth forward for St. Louis.
Hodgman probably won’t get out of the AHL unless injuries plague the team. He logged 35 points in 62 appearances with AHL Portland (Coyotes) during 2014-15.
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom will most likely miss out on the start of training camp, according to his agent.
Backstrom is coming off surgery for nerve damage in his elbow. He went under the knife in May. Look for him to be a long-term IR candidate; the team probably won’t be able to figure out what they’re doing with him until early on in the season.
Here’s an interesting tidbit on the Leafs. Nick Spaling will be moving back to the center position in 2015-16, according to team brass.
Spaling will likely end up on the third or fourth line, but the good news is that he’s a more natural fit for down the center and should play well.
In other positional news, Buffalo center Sam Reinhart will likely end up making a move as well. The team is pretty set down the middle, so you can expect him to make the transition to the right side.
Buffalo already has Girgensons, O’Reilly and Legwand in at the center slots, so there’s not a lot of room for Reinhart to fit in. He could end up on any combination of lines in 2015-16, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Sabres toy with things.
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Now that the season is all finished up, we can start looking forward to the off-season activities that will keep us busy until the 2015-16 campaign. Let’s take a look at the upcoming calendar.
June 24: NHL Awards
June 25-July 1: UFAs meet with prospective teams
July 1: Free agency begins
July 5-6 Arbitration deadlines
Early July: Rookie development camps
July 15: Qualifying offers expire
July 20-August 4: Arbitration hearings
Early September: Rooke camps
Mid-September: Training camps open
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