NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/2/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Free Agency, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 2, 2014
We’ve already seen a frenzied opening day of NHL free agent action, and all that activity is sure to run for at least the next couple of weeks. Before we start looking too far ahead, though, let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see who’s in the news.
Milan Michalek, LW, Ottawa Senators: Michalek returned to Ottawa yesterday, agreeing to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Senators.
He’s coming off a 39-point season through 82 games, but proved to be a very durable asset out on the ice.
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Jonas Hiller, G, Calgary Flames: The Flames didn’t waste too much time in snagging Hiller yesterday. They signed him to a two-year, $9 million deal. Hiller notched a 29-13-7 record in 2013-14, posting five shutouts alongside a 2.48 GAA and .911 save percentage. He’ll be in good position to take over the starting position in Calgary.
Thomas Vanek, LW, Minnesota Wild: The Wild pulled off the big deal of the day yesterday by snatching up Vanek, who was one of the biggest offensive pickups out there in free agency. He signed a three-year deal with Minnesota.
Vanek should be comfortable in Minnesota, where he played in college. He’ll enter as a candidate for the top line, or we may see the Wild getting creative with their lineups as they go for a potent dose of depth in their top two sets.
Mathieu Perreault, C, Winnipeg Jets: Perreault didn’t linger on the open market for too long, either. He signed a three-year, $9 million deal in Winnipeg, following the Ducks’ refusal to give him a qualifying offer. He’ll be a nice depth play for the Jets after coming off a 43-point season last year (69 games).
Steve Bernier, RW, New Jersey Devils: The Devils re-signed Bernier on a one-year deal yesterday. It’ll be worth $600,000. He’ll serve once again as a depth piece in Jersey, his fourth year with the club.
Paul Stastny, C, St. Louis Blues: The Blues reeled in one of the big fish on the free agent market yesterday when they inked Stastny, who is coming off a stint with the Avalanche. He was St. Louis’ top target and signed to a four-year deal worth $28 million.
Stastny is an eight-year NHL veteran and has played in 538 games with Colorado. He has 458 points in his career.
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-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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