NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/9/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Free Agent Market, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 9, 2014
Already this week, we’ve seen a slew of interesting signings and happenings around the NHL. We’re sure to see more interesting transactions as the week unfolds, and those moves will change the landscape of the 2014-15 season. That said, let’s take our daily look at the headlines.
Fisher Injury: We haven’t gone in-depth with Predators forward Mike Fisher’s injury situation just yet, so let’s take a closer look at that and see what it means for the team. Earlier this week, the team announced that he had ruptured his Achilles tendon during a training session this off-season and had undergone surgery last Thursday.
Fisher has a 4-6 month timetable for his rehab, but is expected to make a full recovery. This is obviously a big blow to the Predators’ scoring capabilities, as he was fourth on the team last year with 49 points (20 goals). Look for Nashville to scour the open market to try and bolster their depth down the middle.
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Zanon Deal: Greg Zanon inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Panthers yesterday, which makes him a depth add. He hasn’t been in the league since 2012-13, but has 493 career NHL games to his credit.
Sheppard Deal: The Sharks signed LW James Sheppard to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. It’ll be another trial run for him to see if he can sustain the pace he set toward the end of last year and in the playoffs.
Grant Deal: Alex Grant signed a two-way deal with the Senators. The contract is for one year. He was in the AHL for most of the 2013-14 season and is a depth signing for the Sens.
Matt Bartkowski, D, Boston Bruins: The Bruins’ Matt Bartkowski filed for salary arbitration yesterday, according to reports. He earned $650,000 last year, posting 18 helpers and a plus-22 rating. Some are already speculating that he’ll earn over $1 million this upcoming season thanks to his solid play.
Almond Deal: Cody Almond inked a one-year deal with the Wild worth $550,000. He’s been in Switzerland for the last two years but has two scores in his 25 career NHL games. He may alternate between center and wing.
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
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