NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/3/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Recent Signings, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 3, 2014
It’s been pretty tough to keep up with all the NHL happenings in this first week of free agency, but it’s good to be talking about hockey again. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s staying and going as the market churns toward the holiday weekend.
Islanders Signings: The Islanders made a couple of relatively big signings yesterday, inking both Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts.
According to reports, Grabovski will make $20 million throughout the course of the deal and Kulemin will get $16.75 million.
The general consensus seems to be that Grabovski will set up as the No. 2 center, with Kulemin flanking him on the left. It’s a great pair of depth signings for the Isles.
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Jokinen Deal: Down in Nashville, center Olli Jokinen inked a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Predators. He had 18 goals and 43 points in 82 games for the Jets in 2013-14 and will be playing with his eighth franchise when he suits up for the Preds.
The 35-year-old veteran was the third overall pick all the way back in 1997. He’ll bring some veteran leadership and experience to a Predators team trying to trend in the right direction.
Boychuk Deal: Here’s a relatively minor signing that could have more of an impact down the road. The Hurricanes re-signed Zach Boychuk yesterday, which will mean 2014-15 will be his second year with Carolina.
Boychuk didn’t play much at the NHL level--just 11 games--but had a nice year with their AHL affiliate. He notched 74 points in 69 games during that campaign, suggesting he may be even more useful to the ‘Canes this year.
Canucks Get Vrbata: Later in the day yesterday, we got word that Radim Vrbata had switched addresses from Phoenix to Vancouver. The two sides reached terms in a verbal agreement, with a reported salary of $10 million over a two-year period.
Vrbata was one of the more sought-after names in the free agent market, and it’s a big accomplishment for the Canucks to snatch him up. He’s coming off a 20-goal, 51-point season with the Coyotes in 2013-14. He’s 33 years old and has played for the Avalanche, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Lightning as well.
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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