NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/21/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on News Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 21, 2014
We’ve finally reached the weekend, so make sure you rest up. The NHL will be heading into a very busy stretch starting with Wednesday’s awards, so there won’t be much time to catch our collective breath. That said, let’s check out some of the notable players and headlines out there this morning.
Brad Richards Gets Buyout: As most people expected, it was announced that the Rangers would be buying out the remaining contract of C Brad Richards. He had six years left on a nine-year, $60 million deal.
That’s the Rangers’ second and final allowed buyout not counting against the cap in this current collective bargaining agreement. They used one on Wade Redden in 2013.
Richards enters free agency coming off a 51-point, 82-game season. He’s 34.
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Devils News: We’ve got a few tidbits on the New Jersey Devils this morning. First off, the team re-signed RW Cam Janssen for a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent.
They also inked RW Mike Sislo, who gets a two-year, two-way deal worth $562,500 in salary.
Word also broke yesterday that the team was considering using one of their compliance buyouts on D Anton Volchenkov. He’s got two years and $4.25 million in annual salary tied up and has been marred by injuries.
In other news, the Devils are reportedly hoping to snag G Cory Schneider before he skips town in free agency. He’s coming off a 2013-14 campaign in which he tallied 1.97 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Thanks to an inconsistent supporting cast, he was just 16-15-12 in the record columns, though.
Nikitin (Almost) Traded: Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin has been conditionally traded from Columbus to Edmonton, according to reports. The teams are still working out compensation and Nikitin still has to sign with the Oilers, so nothing is official just yet.
He’s coming off a 66-game campaign for Columbus last season, logging 84 hits and 15 points. The 28-year-old could bring some much-needed physicality to Edmonton and provide a little more depth on that side.
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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