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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 20, 2014
We’re almost finished up with another off-season weekend in the NHL, and the transaction news continues to trickle in. Let’s check out some of the notable moves and happenings from around the league as we examine a few headlines out there right now.
Despres Deal: We haven’t gotten around to checking in on this one just yet, so let’s see how things went down with Despres. He signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Penguins on Friday, giving them a nice depth piece.
Despres played in 34 games at the NHL level last season, collecting a total of five assists.
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Oduya Update: This weekend, we got an update on the health of Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya, and it’s not the greatest news in the world. He was injured in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Kings after taking a puck to the foot, and it turned out that injury was a broken foot. He’s currently in a walking boot.
The Blackhawks had originally declined to reveal the exact nature of Oduya’s injury, but it seems now we know the full story. The good news here is that he should be okay by the time training camp rolls around.
Cormier Deal: The Winnipeg Jets made a minor signing yesterday. They inked C Patrice Cormier to a one-year, two-way deal. He’s obviously just a depth signing, as he’s only played in 28 games at the NHL level over the past three years.
Stempniak Deal: The Rangers also made some waves yesterday, getting RW Lee Stempniak to agree to terms on a deal. The team didn’t make the financial terms public, but according to rumors it’s a one-year deal worth $900,000.
The 31-year-old Stempniak played in 73 games during the 2013-14 campaign with both the Flames and Penguins. He was able to rack up 12 goals and 22 assists. The journeyman winger has also spent time with the Blues, Leafs and Coyotes during his NHL career.
NHL Daily Schedule: The league action will be picking back up again on Wednesday, October 8. Let’s check out the schedule for that evening and see what we can expect on opening night.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the remaining 2014 off-season calendar. There’s been quite a bit of action keeping us occupied so far, and we’ve still got more to look forward to.
Mid-September: Training camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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