NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/8/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 8, 2014
The workweek continues to crawl along, and with it comes a trickle of off-season NHL news to keep us busy. We’re getting some interesting indications and rumors coming out of the league this week, so let’s check in on some of the notable happenings out there right now.
Jeff Petry, D, Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers shored up a piece of their defensive puzzle yesterday by agreeing to terms with Jeff Petry on a one-year deal. He’ll reportedly make just shy of $3.1 million this season.
Petry has been a member of the Oilers ever since 2006, when they selected him at No. 45 overall in the second round of the draft that year. He managed seven goals and 10 assists in 80 games of work last season.
USA TODAY Sports
Around the League: Let’s take a look at a few other signings happening around the league yesterday.
The Predators inked Anton Volchenkov to a one-year deal worth $1 million.
Jussi Rynnas signed on with Dallas, which will muddy the waters in their goaltending situation.
Maxim Noreau signed with the Devils yesterday at $1.25 million for two years.
Central Division Outlook: It’s going to be another crazy year in the NHL’s Central Division, which is shaping up to be the most competitive in the entire league. We could have as many as a half-dozen playoff teams coming out of the Central, as every squad seems to be upgrading this off-season. Let’s take a look at a few key moves from the Central so far.
The Blues’ offense went cold in the playoffs last year, but they’ll be looking for Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera to try and fix that problem in 2014-15. They’ll head into the year with one of the deepest groups of forwards in the league.
The Blackhawks came inches away from another Stanley Cup Final, and will return strong once again this season. Brad Richards will help shore things up down the middle.
The Wild’s top two lines look pretty potent, and Thomas Vanek will punch up the scoring throughout the year.
The Stars look very good once again on offense, but may go looking for some blue liners to pick up the slack on the other end.
As for the Predators, they should get good results from James Neal and Olli Jokinen. As long as Pekka Rinne can come back at 100 percent, there’s reason to be optimistic in Nashville.
The Jets added Mathieu Perreault, but have remained pretty quiet otherwise. Dustin Byfuglien will once again carry a heavy load here.
The Avalanche have added a handful of names, most notably Jarome Iginla and Daniel Briere, but lost out on Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau. It remains to be seen if the new look will help out their puck possession issues.
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 camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.