NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/10/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 10, 2014
We’ve crested the hill of this week, and we’re cruising toward another off-season weekend in the NHL. While we’re waiting on Saturday to roll around, let’s take our daily look at the headlines from around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: When word broke yesterday that star Penguins center Sidney Crosby would be undergoing wrist surgery this week, the hearts of many fans in Pittsburgh dropped. According to reports, however, the procedure will not be major.
Crosby will be getting arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist in order to clear up some damage that hampered his play in the 2013-14 campaign. It’s not known when he sustained the injury.
The good news here is that he should be just fine by the time the season rolls around, and he’ll be 100 percent healthy once he hits the ice.
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Ekholm Deal: Defenseman Mattias Ekholm inked a two-year, $2.075 million deal with Nashville, according to reports that came out yesterday. He was a restricted free agent and will now avoid arbitration.
Ekholm posted nine points in 62 games during his rookie season in Nashville.
Kane/Toews Extensions: We figured it would happen this week, but it took a little longer than most people thought. Just as they did with their last deal, both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed extensions with the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday, ensuring that they’ll be in red for a long time to come.
Here’s how the deals work out: Each player is inked through the 2022-23 season (that’s eight extra years), and the contracts are valued at $10.5 million, which will kick in after this coming season ends. That’s a lot of money, but most would say it’s definitely worth it to make sure the team hangs on to two of the most dynamic young players in all of professional hockey.
Bachman Deal: The Oilers registered a depth signing in their goalie corps yesterday, inking Richard Bachman to a one-year deal. He spent most of last season in AHL Oklahoma City, but did appear in three games for Edmonton.
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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