NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/23/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 23, 2014
Now that the schedules have officially been released for the 2014-15 NHL season, it really feels like hockey is on its way (eventually). As we begin this new workweek, let’s check out some of the notable storylines out there and see who’s making headlines in the hockey world. Here’s the latest.
Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver Canucks: Yesterday, we got a tidbit of information on Kesler and his potential future. He reportedly wants a trade to either the Penguins or the Blackhawks.
What does that mean for the Canucks? Well, there’s really no way anyone would think they’d trade him to the Windy City, the Blackhawks may be willing to pay up for his services. The market here is ripe, as Chicago would love to have a No. 2 center on that line, but his price tag is a potential tripping point.
Kesler still has two years left on a $5 million deal and has a lot of things leaning against a potential deal. He’s coming off a 43-point season in 77 games of work this year, which is actually quite a downgrade from his optimum level.
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Panthers New Coach: Now that the Panthers have a new head coach in Gerard Gallant, let’s check out that situation and see what might transpire in the short and long terms.
Gallant comes in replacing Peter Horacek, who was canned in April and was in himself an interim coach after taking the reins for Kevin Dineen.
The 50-year-old Gallant has been in Montreal as an assistant for the past two seasons and will bring a new energy and intensity to the Panthers bench. He comes in with a pretty good mix of vets and young talent at his disposal, so there’s no reason to think Florida won’t take a big step forward this season.
2014-15 NHL Schedule: The new schedule for the NHL’s 2014-15 season was released yesterday, and fans everywhere are spending this morning perusing their teams’ upcoming matchups. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the notable games from the new season.
The new year will begin with four games on October 8, headlined by a juicy Kings-Sharks matchup at the Staples Center.
The Capitals and Blackhawks will meet in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1, which should be a pretty fun game.
Every team will be in action on two days: One will be the first Saturday of the season on October 11, and the other will be on April 11, which is the last day of the regular season calendar.
The Bruins and Canadiens will get their rivalry off and running again with an October 16 meeting at Bell Centre.
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
October 8: First game of the 2014-15 NHL season
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