NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/7/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 7, 2014
Now that the long holiday weekend is all finished up, we should see the off-season action in the NHL picking right back up again. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the notable happenings out there and see what’s in the headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Olli Jokinen Outlook: Now that Jokinen is a member of the Nashville Predators, we can examine the situation and see exactly what to expect from the veteran center’s new surroundings. The good news for Nashville is that the marriage looks to be a nice fit.
Jokinen has been quoted as saying coach Peter Laviolette’s up-tempo offensive system is what drew him to want to sign with the Predators, and he ended up signing a one-year deal worth a reported $2.5 million on that good impression.
Jokinen has only been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs once, in 2009. His addition alone could be enough to put Nashville over the proverbial hump and get them back into the postseason for the first time in three years. They were inches away in 2013-14, just three points shy of the final wild-card spot in the West.
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Jacob Markstrom, G, Vancouver Canucks: Now that the Canucks have Ryan Miller on their roster, Markstrom feels like the odd man out. He’s reportedly asked Vancouver for a trade, and the team is looking into the potential market for him.
The Canucks have received interest so far from at least three teams and are in the feeling-out stages at this point. We’ll have to see if it gets any further than that.
Fantasy Corner: With a relatively slow news day in our rearview mirror, today’s a good time to check out the upcoming fantasy season. We’ve still got a ways to go before the teams hit the ice again, but it’s never to early to look ahead.
With that in mind, let’s check out our early list of the top 10 fantasy pickups heading into draft season. We’ll get more detailed as the year draws closer, but for now here’s a preliminary outlook.
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
2. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
3. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
5. John Tavares, New York Islanders
6. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
7. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
8. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
9. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
10. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks.
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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