NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/15/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 15, 2014
Even though the NHL is stuck in off-season mode right now, we’re still seeing some notable happenings coming out of the league each day. It won’t be too much longer before we’re talking about training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, but in the meantime let’s kill some time by taking our daily look at the latest headlines.
Blues Outlook: This off-season, we’ve been looking at a few teams up close here and there, so now seems like it’s a good time to check out St. Louis. The 2013-14 season for the Blues followed roughly the same script as their previous campaign: They looked very strong during the regular season, but then were ousted with relative ease after coming out flat in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
St. Louis looked near unstoppable at times in the regular season, ending up with a strong 52-23-7 record overall. They simply can’t seem to get over the proverbial hump, however, and still look relatively green when pitted against the likes of the Blackhawks or Kings.
Looking forward, the Blues have a few nice-looking additions to a retooled roster. They inked Paul Stastny, who was the big fish in his slot on the market, and also added Joakim Lindstrom and Peter Mueller.
The notable departure here was goalie Ryan Miller, and there have been questions as to how the team will handle life without him. For now, it’s looking like Brian Elliott will team with Jake Allen, who has shown some very good early promise. Even so, the net-minder position will be the focal point of the 2014-15 campaign, and all the fans will be watching.
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Holland Signs Extension: Longtime Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland signed a four-year deal with the Red Wings yesterday, which will keep him on board in Detroit through the 2017-18 season.
Holland has been a fixture in the Motor City for quite some time, serving as GM for the past 17 seasons. That remarkable run includes 17 straight Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances and three Stanley Cup championships (1998, 2002 and 2008, for the record). In all, Detroit has made the playoffs 23 straight years.
Holland says one of his top priorities is inking restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser, so we can expect to hear quite a bit about that in the days to come. He’ll also be attempting to sign coach Mike Babcock to a new deal. This will be the last season on his current contract.
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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