NHL News: Player News and Updates for 7/22/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 22, 2014
It’s been a pretty interesting week so far for NHL news, especially during the off-season. We’ve got a few more updates for you on players and situations all across the league, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the NHL and see what’s happening in the headlines right now.
Franson Deal: The Leafs were active yesterday, signing defenseman Cody Franson to a new contract. The deal is worth $3 million for one year and will keep the two sides from heading to the arbitration table.
Franson is coming off a 33-point season in 2013-14 and figures to be in the team’s third pairing this year.
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Sobotka Deal: C Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one year deal yesterday, but don’t count on seeing him this season. He signed a three-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL early this month, and with the one-year deal he was awarded, the Blues will retain his rights if he decides to come back and play hockey in the states.
The value of Sobotka’s contract would reportedly be $2.725 million. He’s coming off a nine-goal, 24-assist season in 61 games of action with St. Louis.
Blues Signings: The St. Louis Blues made a couple of noteworthy signings yesterday, so let’s check those out.
The team inked defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, two-way deal after the Wild declined to extend him a qualifying offer. He’ll be a depth guy for St. Louis.
The Blues also signed C Jeremy Welsh to a one-year, two-way deal. He’s coming off a 19-game season at the NHL level for the Canucks, but probably won’t see that much time up there this year.
Vanek Investigation: Here’s something to keep an eye on. The Wild’s Thomas Vanek appeared in court yesterday in connection with a gambling investigation. As of right now, it’s unclear what exactly his role is in this situation, but we’re sure to see some more details emerge in the coming days. Stay tuned.
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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