NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/15/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 15, 2014
Now that we’ve had a chance to catch our collective breath a bit after the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, it’s time to get the off-season rolling with a look ahead to the upcoming campaign. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Kings Nuggets: Los Angeles had a long and difficult road to the Stanley Cup, and also a record-setting one. The team played 26 games on their way to their second championship in three years, tying a record set by the ‘87 Flyers and the ‘04 Flames. Neither of those teams, however, ended up winning the Cup.
The decisive Game 5 that gave the Kings the championship over the Rangers was also the longest game in Kings history, breaking a previous record set last year in the Western Conference Final. This year’s record-breaker came at the 14:43 mark in the second overtime.
Los Angeles certainly showed some resilience in the Finals. They were 3-0 in overtime against New York, marking the second consecutive season that there were three OT games in a Stanley Cup Final.
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Around the League: We’ve got a couple of tidbits from elsewhere in the league this morning as we get back to business following the Finals.
The Canadiens inked coach Michel Therrien to a contract extension yesterday according to an announcement from the team. The deal is for four more years and will begin after next season. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
The Canadiens are coming off a 46-28-8 record and an Eastern Conference Finals berth--their first since 2010. Their 100 points was their highest since the ‘07-’08 season.
In a somewhat related story, the Canadiens traded away C Louis Leblanc to the Ducks, who gave up a conditional fifth-round pick in return. Leblanc spent most of his time this past year in the AHL and didn’t make much impact at the NHL level.
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the 2014 off-season calendar. There should be plenty to keep us occupied as we gear up for next year.
June 25: NHL Awards
June 25-July 1: Teams can conduct interviews with unrestricted free agents
June 27-28: 2014 NHL Draft
June 30: Deadline to tender offers to restricted free agents
July 1: Start of free agency period
Early July: Rookie development camps begin
Mid-September: Training camp begins
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