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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 17, 2014
The weekend is almost over, but we’ve had a few notable NHL off-season happenings to keep us occupied. It won’t be too much longer before we’re knee-deep in the regular season, so with that in mind let’s kill some time by taking our daily look at the headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Giguere Retirement: It’s been a long and winding road for free agent veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and that road will be coming to an end this week.
He’s expected to be formally announcing his retirement within the next few days after a lengthy career in the NHL. Giguere first hit the ice in the 1996-97 season and has racked up 597 career games. Of those, he’s posted 262 wins and 216 losses with 25 ties and 21 overtime affairs.
Giguere’s prime years came in Anaheim, where he enjoyed a pretty successful eight-year run. He posted at least 30 wins in four of those campaigns. The 37-year old will head toward retirement as opposed to serving as a backup on a one-year deal.
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Gagne Tryout: Here’s some interesting news out of Boston. The Bruins are expecting to host 34-year-old winger Simon Gagne at training camp this year on a tryout basis.
Gagne’s been out of the league since 2012-13, and if he can prove to them that he’s healthy and can contribute, it’s not far-fetched to see him making the team. The Bruins need some solid winger depth, and they don’t have much cap space to get it.
Bozon Status: Good news on the Canadiens’ Tim Bozon. He was able to play in an under-23 tournament in the Czech Republic recently, which marked his first on-ice action since being diagnosed with a bout of meningitis.
Bozon has been doing some workouts in France over this off-season and seems to be rebounding pretty well. He played in all six games during the tournament after reportedly being expected to play just two.
Crosby Status: Pens fans will be happy to hear that star forward Sidney Crosby is pleased with how his latest injury is healing up. Late last week, Crosby said that his wrist was “good,” and is happy with the way his rehab has gone so far.
He’s been getting some treatment for an injury sustained in the 2013-14 campaign. Crosby didn’t end up opting for surgery, and as of right now it looks like that was a good call.
Crosby posted 104 points in the regular season but could only manage one score in the Stanley Cup Playoffs thanks to his wrist issue.
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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