NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/5/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest Free Agent Deals, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 5, 2014
Things are winding down for the weekend when it comes to the NHL off-season free agent market, but there’s still plenty to talk about over the next couple of days. There have been some big-time signings already this week, and surely even more to come. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the league happenings.
Legwand Deal: The Senators inked C David Legwand to a two-year, $6 million deal yesterday. He’s coming off a relatively unremarkable stint with the Red Wings, during which he posted 11 points and a minus-9 rating through 21 games.
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Around the League: Even though yesterday was a holiday, there were still plenty of signings and transactions occurring around the NHL. Let’s check in on a few of the noteworthy happenings.
The Blue Jackets singed C Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way contract. He’ll be a nice addition to their fourth line and should be an improvement speed-wise.
John McCarthy signed a two-way deal for one year with St. Louis. It’s worth $600,00 in NHL money. The Blues are pretty deep at McCarthy’s position, so don’t expect him to see much ice time.
Chris Vande Velde will remain in Philadelphia. He inked a one-year, two-way deal yesterday. He was on the ice in 18 games for the Flyers last year.
The Canucks inked Zack Kassian once again on a two-year, $3.5 million deal. He’ll be a heavy consideration for Vancouver’s second line, but will have stiff competition in earning the spot. Kassian posted 14 goals and 14 helpers in 29 games last year.
Tampa Bay re-signed Andrej Sustr on a one-way deal. He’ll be with the team on a one-year contract this season. He came up with eight points throughout his 43 games of NHL action in 2013-14.
Brodeur Outlook: With Martin Brodeur out on the market and pretty much assured not to return to New Jersey, it begs the question: Where will he end up next?
Well, there aren’t as many options out there as one might think there are. First off, he wants to go to a contender, so that shaves off about a third of the league right there. He’ll also have to get comfortable with the fact that he’ll be a backup and not a starter, which is a tough pill to swallow after a Hall-of-Fame-caliber career.
The popular picks for a new Brodeur home are Boston and Toronto. He could potentially end up somewhere else, but those seem like the best situations for him.
Of course, he could always call it a career. He’s certainly done just about everything he possibly could have on the ice.
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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