NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/6/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Weekend Happenings, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 6, 2014
The NHL free agency period continues to hum along, and there are plenty of new headlines each day. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the notable happenings out there in our daily check-up of the league’s action. Here’s the latest.
Tanev Deal: Most of the league was pretty quiet this weekend, but there were a few noteworthy happenings occurring. Chris Tanev’s deal was one of them. He signed a one-year contract extension with Vancouver yesterday.
Tanev posted 17 points in 64 games during the 2013-14 season, but suffered a broken finger that kept him sidelined over the final month of the year. He’ll be back to 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around, though, so hopes are high that he can take another step forward this year.
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Free Agent Goalies: There are a few very capable veteran goalies still out there on the free agent market right now, which is something of a surprise. Let’s take a look at some of the top names and see where each guy could end up.
First, there’s future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur. He likely won’t be coming back to New Jersey, and has said he wants to go to a contender (if he even comes back for another year). We’re betting he ends up in Boston as a backup.
Tim Thomas took a year off, but then came back to the league last season. He posted some blah numbers with the Panthers and Stars, and hasn’t been a hot ticket this off-season. He may retire, or he may wait until closer to camp time to sign.
Tomas Vokoun is back and healthy after his blood clot situation, but is something of an unknown commodity after being away from the NHL for 13 months. There’s no telling what will happen to him.
Then there’s Ilya Bryzgalov, at a relatively young 34 years of age. He was really good in the playoffs against the Avs, which will raise his profile in free agency. That said, he may not sign right away either. We may see him in KHL if another team doesn’t need a backup.
Rangers Arbitration Trio: Three key members of the New York Rangers filed for salary arbitration yesterday before the deadline. Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello will all be cashing in after big seasons.
Zucarello in particular will see a hefty raise over his comparatively paltry $1.15 million deal last season. We’ll keep you posted on what happens.
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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