NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/14/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 14, 2014
So far this week, the off-season NHL news has been pretty slow. Still, we’re seeing some notable transactions and storylines trickle in from around the league on a daily basis, so with that in mind let’s take our morning look at the key players and situations out there that everyone’s talking about.
Horton Update: Yesterday, we got some fresh information on Blue Jackets RW Nathan Horton, and things seem to be going pretty well. He’s reportedly been spending his off-season time by building strength both his upper- and lower-body, and should be back to 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around. He’s been fighting off an abdomen injury.
We haven’t seen much of Horton in a Jackets uniform just yet; He was only able to play for three months before his abdominal surgery, and before that was out of commission with a shoulder issue. That said, there’s plenty to be optimistic about here. Horton will likely end up on a line with Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen, and should be able to come up with quite a bit of production if he can remain healthy. We shall see.
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Fisher Update: We also got an update on the status of Predators C Mike Fisher yesterday, so let’s see what he’s been up to. If all goes well, we should be seeing him back out on the ice around Thanksgiving.
Fisher has been recovering from an Achilles injury, and if his timetable holds true, he’ll be returning a little quicker than expected. (He was initially given a 4-to-6-month window).
In the meantime, expect to see a whole lot of Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy as the Predators swap things around in his absence.
Bennett Update: Let’s go ahead and round things out this morning with another injury update, this one on Penguins forward Beau Bennett. He’s coming off wrist surgery this off-season, and this week he reportedly began skating again.
Bennett is nearly three months removed from his surgery (May 22), which was his second procedure in a six-month span. His recovery window is around four months, which would mean he’ll be good to go in late September.
Bennett was able to play 21 total games after his first surgery, playoffs included. In his 33 total games during 2013-14, he posted four scores and eight helpers. There’s a very good chance he’ll destroy those stats this year, especially if he gets as much ice time as some are speculating.
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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