NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/25/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Capitals, Kings, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 25, 2014
With the NHL Awards in the bag, not to mention the beginning of the interview period for free agents coming today, it really feels like the hockey off-season is gaining steam. Before we settle in and await the latest developments, let’s take a look at the current headlines out there right now.
Toews, Kane Getting New Deals?: Earlier this week, a report came out of Chicago that suggested both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would be getting contract extensions very soon--as in possibly next week. Both players are signed through next year, but the team apparently wishes to get their two brightest stars inked as soon as possible.
The two teammates signed five-year deals on the same day back in 2009, and we may see their extensions happening that way again. The earliest it could happen is next Tuesday, when they’re first eligible to sign new contracts.
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Matt Greene, D, Los Angeles Kings: Yesterday, it was looking like Greene and the Kings were very close to working out a contract extension. The two sides were reportedly inches away from agreeing on a four-year deal and just waiting on Greene to sign.
Those reports proved to be true later on in the day, as word broke Greene had inked a four-year deal worth $10 million dollars.
Greene’s contract would have run out on July 1, and the Kings wanted to get him sewn up before they start focusing on a Stanley Cup title defense this upcoming season. He doesn’t contribute much on the offensive side, but will bring experience, intensity and a truckload of hits to the Kings this year.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Ovechkin and the Capitals, so let’s see how things are shaping up for them this off-season.
Ovechkin made some comments about the direction of the team earlier this week, and he sounded pretty positive. He praised the Capitals organization for wanting to make improvements and for taking the step of finding both a new GM (Brian MacLellan) and head coach (Barry Trotz), calling it a “new day for me.”
The veteran winger also said he’s sat down with Trotz (last week), discussing play style and systems with his new coach.
Ovechkin is coming off a pretty nice campaign numbers-wise. He posted 51 goals in winning the Rocket Richard Trophy as part of a 79-point campaign. That said, Washington was ultimately a disappointment in the win column, posting a 38-30-14 record and missing out on the postseason by just three points.
We’ll get to see the Caps’ new look during their first regular-season game on October 9.
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 24: 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 games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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