NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/7/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 7, 2014
Throughout the course of the workweek, we’ve seen some interesting things stemming from the NHL off-season activities. We’re sure to see more signings and insight coming in the next few days, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Del Zotto Deal: We missed out on this one yesterday, so let’s take a brief look at the Flyers’ recent signing. They inked defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year deal Tuesday, which is mainly seen as a depth add.
Del Zotto played 67 games with New York and Nashville last season and managed three goals. He’s probably good enough to make the top four, but no one knows yet if the team is planning on leaning that way.
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Laich Health: Now let’s stop in and check on the health of Capitals C Brooks Laich. This week, he began skating again as part of his training, which is a very good sign.
Laich is trying to come back from a nagging groin issue that has plagued him since the 2012-13 lockout season. His production has dropped off sharply since then (19 points in 60 games) and he went under the knife in March in an effort to get past the injury.
Still, most people are taking the pessimistic route here until Laich shows he’s back to his former glory. If he truly is healthy once again (and the skating is a good start), we should see him contributing immediately once the season starts.
Ovechkin Accident: As has been widely reported over the past couple of days, star Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin was involved in a car accident earlier this week in Russia. The incident was minor, however, and he didn’t sustain any sort of injury.
That’s great news to Caps fans and NHL lovers in general. Ovechkin will be entering the season healthy and ready to get things going under a new coaching staff.
Ekblad Concussion: Yesterday, we learned that Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad had sustained a concussion and was sent home from the Canadian development camp he was participating in.
Ekblad was injured during an exhibition game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening and will miss the rest of the camp. The play in question was not said to be dirty in any way, so it seems it’s just a bit of bad luck here.
Ekblad is expected to make a full recovery and will be around for training camp next month.
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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