NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/11/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 11, 2014
After a relatively quiet weekend in the NHL off-season, we’re back to Monday again. Still, there are a few ongoing storylines and notable happenings out there in the league right now, so let’s check out some of the headlines this morning and see what your favorite players and teams have been up to.
Methot Latest: This weekend, we got a little peek into the world of defenseman Marc Methot’s contract negotiations with the Senators, and things aren’t going particularly well.
According to reports, Ottawa has a desire to ink him to a long-term deal prior to his current contract running out (it’ll expire next summer), but the talks have flamed out recently.
Right now, Methot is getting $3.75 million, but he’s apparently asking for much more. We’d imagine he’s looking at teammate Brooks Orpik as a model; Orpik signed a five-year deal this off-season worth a total of $27.5 million.
If Methot and the Senators can’t iron out a deal, sources close to the team are speculating that he might end up getting traded. Ottawa is always rumored to have salary troubles, and unloading an unhappy Methot for assets would certainly help matters.
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Semin Update: We also got a little bit of information on the Hurricanes’ Alexander Semin this weekend, and the news isn’t particularly good. He’s recovering from wrist surgery right now, but apparently he hasn’t been healing up at quite the pace that the team had hoped.
Carolina had initially penciled Semin in as being healthy in time for training camp, but it’s looking like that timeline is in jeopardy right now. We’ll keep an eye on how things go as we get closer.
Semin is heading into the second year of his five-season, $35 million contract. He’s set to be a heavy contributor for them as long as he’s healthy.
Stars Outlook: Let’s take a brief look at the Dallas Stars and see what they need to do in the 2014-15 campaign to build off their playoff run last season.
Dallas seems to have all the pieces in place for a repeat of their success (and likely, an improvement on it). They added Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky to their roster this off-season, which should help things out offensively. If Spezza in particular can live up to his hype as a No. 2 center, the Stars will have a potent layer to their offense that they lacked in 2013-14.
Another player who needs to step up is net-minder Kari Lehtonen. He posted a 3.29 GAA and .885 save percentage in a half-dozen postseason games last year, marks which clearly need to get better if Dallas wants to advance.
As far as special teams, penalty kill (81.4 percent) and power play (15.9 percent) need a significant improvement, so we’ll see if the Stars can make those adjustments this season.
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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