NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/18/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 18, 2014
With each passing day, we’re inching closer and closer to the big off-season activities in the NHL. The rumor mill has kicked into overdrive as we try and anticipate what the big names will be doing in the next few weeks, so with that in mind let’s check out a few of the notable storylines out there and see what we can come up with.
Brian Boyle, C, New York Rangers: This week, we’ve gotten a few indications of the Eastern Conference Champion Rangers’ potential future concerning their roster. Boyle is one of their pending unrestricted free agents, and the word on him is that he’s leading toward moving on in search of an expanded role with another team.
Boyle reenergized his game this past season under Alain Vigneault and had a stellar postseason. The 29-year-old posted eight points in 25 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will likely get all sorts of attention from potential suitors next week. Stay tuned on this one.
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Rangers’ Other Concerns: Let’s stick with New York for a moment and check out a couple of their other big-time decisions this off-season. The team is facing a tough choice with Brad Richards, who is a candidate for a buyout thanks to his hefty $6.67 million cap charge. That avenue seems most likely, as the team has a few other situations to tie up as well.
One of those situations is Anton Stralman, who is another player who has surged under the new coaching staff. The 27-year-old made some top-notch defensive plays in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and could end up being one of the team’s defensive cornerstone.
Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens: We’ll finish up today with Markov, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He’s reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth $18 million, but it’s unclear whether or not he’ll get that.
Markov has had a few issues with injuries before, but he’s been totally healthy over the last couple of campaigns. He posted seven goals and 36 assists in 81 regular-season games this year and will definitely garner some interest on the open market if he makes it that far.
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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