NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/15/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 15, 2014
Even though the major flurry of free agent signings in the NHL has died down, we’re still seeing a steady stream of transactions and news items. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the happenings around the league and see how things are shaping up for the 2014-15 campaign.
Dalpe Deal: We haven’t checked in on this one yet, so let’s break down the Sabres’ deal with C Zac Dalpe. He inked a one-year deal on Sunday and will be heading to Buffalo after playing last year in Vancouver. He began his NHL career on three straight seasons with the Hurricanes.
Dalpe was in action for 55 games in Vancouver last season, and he ended up tallying four goals, three helpers and a minus-7 rating. He’s a depth guy, but should make a capable piece in Buffalo’s rebuilding efforts this year.
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Shugg Deal: Yesterday, we got word of a deal between the Hurricanes and LW Justin Shugg. It’s a one-year, two-way contract.
Will we be seeing Shugg on the NHL ice this year? It’s quite possible. He’s coming off a nice season in AHL Charlotte, where he posted 75 games, 16 goals and 38 assists--those were all career-highs. We’d imagine he’ll be making his debut at the pro level at some point this year.
Bartkowski Deal: It looks like the Bruins will be avoiding arbitration with defenseman Matt Bartkowski. The two sides agreed to a deal yesterday worth $1.25 million for one year.
Bartkowski played in 64 games for Boston last season, posting 18 assists in that span.
That’s one more thing to check off the Bruins’ off-season to-do list, but they’ve still got a handful of free agent signings to make.
Honka Deal: The Stars were active yesterday as well, signing defenseman Julius Honka to a three-year contract. This will be an entry-level deal, as he was the team’s first-round pick--at No. 14 overall--in this year’s draft.
Honka will make a nice pickup for the Stars: He posted 16 goals and 40 assists in 62 games in the Western Hockey League last year.
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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