NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/20/14
NHL Daily Updates: Player News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 20, 2014
Even though it’s the off-season in the NHL right now, there are still a lot of developments out there as teams across the league adjust from this season’s end and prepare for next season’s beginning. That said, let’s take a look at some of the notable players and situations out there and see what’s happening right now. Here’s the latest.
Saku Koivu, C, Anaheim Ducks: It’s looking like Koivu won’t be returning to Anaheim this year. He’s coming off a one-year, $2.5 million contract over the 2013-14 campaign and the latest indications have the Ducks not preparing to offer him another deal.
The 39-year-old Koivu has been in Anaheim for the past five years and will likely try and snag another one-year rental with a contending team once free agency hits.
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Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim: Let’s stick with Anaheim for a moment and check out Hiller. He won’t be getting another contract offer this off-season either, according to the latest reports. The Ducks are moving forward with the combination of Frederik Anderson and John Gibson in net, and there’s simply no more need to keep another net-minder on the roster.
Hiller played fairly well in the regular season (29-13-7), so he’ll get some looks from other teams in need of a new No. 1 goalie. It shouldn’t take him long to find a job and he’ll be back in net on a regular basis again this year.
Evgeni Nabokov, G, New York Islanders: Another goalie who will be leaving town--if the latest reports are to be believed--is Nabokov. He and the Isles are apparently pretty far apart in their contract negotiations, so it’s looking like he’ll dip his toe in the free agency waters.
New York is good with Jaroslav Halak as their No. 1 guy, but we’d imagine they’d rather have Nabokov as the backup over another younger player. This could just be posturing, though, so we’ll see what happens between now and July 1.
Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens: A new report this week shed some light on Markov’s contract demands. He’s apparently seeking $6 million over a three-year period, and as of right now it’s unclear how apt the Canadiens would be to hand over that much cash to him.
Markov had a good year in 2013-14 and got a lot of ice time (25:14 average), so he’d be a useful addition to Montreal’s roster if they bring him back. If not, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
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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