NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/12/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 12, 2014
We’ve reached yet another weekend during this NHL off-season, which makes this a good time to reflect on some of the recent developments around the league. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the key players and important happenings out there on the ice.
Morrow Deal: Morrow has a new home today, after he signed a one-year contract with Tampa Bay yesterday. He’s coming off a foot injury that kept him out of the Blackhawks series in the playoffs, but scored 25 points (with 13 of those being goals) during the season. At 35 years of age, he makes a nice, experienced depth signing for the Lightning.
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Dubinsky Signing: In what’s likely the biggest signing from yesterday’s action, Brandon Dubinsky inked a six-year extension with the Blue Jackets. He was certainly in line to get paid after his career-best season in 2013-14.
Dubinsky posted 16 goals and notched 34 assists last year, proving he can be a key long-term piece for Columbus. He’s now signed through the 2020-21 season and will make around $5.85 million per year.
Although Dubinsky had a procedure on his ankle this off-season, he should be back to 100 percent by the time the 2014-15 year kicks off.
Islanders News: We’ve got a couple of tidbits from the Islanders’ corner of the NHL this morning. Both forward Anders Lee and defenseman Aaron Ness accepted the team’s qualifying offers yesterday--though the terms of the deals weren’t immediately disclosed to the media.
Ness played in 20 games for the Isles last year, logging two helpers and a goal.
Lee, meanwhile, played in 22 games for New York and posted five assists with nine goals. Both players notched more time in Bridgeport than they did in the NHL last season.
Brian Boyle, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: We got an interesting tidbit out of Tampa Bay yesterday concerning the Boyle signing. News broke that he’d passed up a larger sum of money from the Maple Leafs in order to play for the Lightning.
It’s unclear exactly how much more money Boyle would have gotten in Toronto, but that’s beside the point. The truth of the matter is that the Maple Leafs have an image problem when it comes to luring free agents, and this snub certainly won’t help matters. Sure, there were other things enticing Boyle to Tampa Bay, but still it seems the Leafs need to get more aggressive in their recruiting--and not just money-wise.
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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