NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/9/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 9, 2014
It’s been a pretty steady week when it comes to NHL news, and we’re sure to see at least a few more interesting happenings this weekend. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league at some of the headline-making players out there and see what everyone’s up to.
Gretzky Trade Anniversary: Kings fans will be continuing their summer of celebration in the coming hours, as today marks a very important date in Los Angeles hockey history.
Exactly 26 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Oilers to the Kings. It was a day that changed the very fabric of professional hockey and brought legions of new fans from Southern California to the game.
On that fateful day in 1988, Gretzky was coming off his second Conn Smythe Trophy and led Edmonton through the playoffs (easily, at a 16-2 record). The Oilers had just ended the season hoisting the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in five years.
The actual trade had been years in the making. After all the talk came to a head in action, the Kings gave up Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round picks and $15 million cash for Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski. Gretzky-mania quickly ensued, and the rest is NHL history.
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Penguins Outlook: The Penguins will be an interesting team to watch during the 2014-15 season, as they’ve got some questions to answer--and expectations to live up to.
After replacing coach Dan Blysma with Mike Johnston, Pittsburgh will likely be employing a very up-tempo offense that should be able to better utilize the immense talents of Sidney Crosby and the gang.
With a young core of talent in their hockey prime, there’s not much time left for the Pens to make another run at a Cup. That said, there will be a distinctly new look to this Pittsburgh team. Familiar faces like Evgeni Malkin are still there, but they’ll be surrounded by newcomers like Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling and Christian Ehrhoff.
There’s also a question of health within their top ranks. Crosby was playing on an injured wrist throughout much of the postseason, and forward Pascal Dupuis sustained a season-ending ACL tear late in the 2013 calendar year. Both players will supposedly be 100 percent healthy by October, but it may take some time for them to find their grooves.
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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