NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/20/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 20, 2014
Even with the NHL being mired in off-season boredom right now, there are still plenty of relatively important news items trickling in on a daily basis. These headlines can help keep us hockey fans occupied until next year, so with that said let’s take our daily trip around the league and see who everyone’s talking about right now.
MacArthur Deal: The Senators were active yesterday, signing LW Clarke MacArthur to a five-year extension. The deal is worth $23.25 million.
MacArthur has one more year on his current contract, so he’ll make $3.25 million this year before the new deal takes over. The 29-year-old will be with the Senators through the 2019-20 season now. That’s great news for Ottawa, as he’s coming off a 24-goal, plus-12-rating season.
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Selleck Deal: The Coyotes inked LW Eric Selleck to a minor-league deal yesterday, but there’s little chance that he’ll see any action at the NHL level. Expect him to remain with AHL Portland barring some grossly unforeseen circumstances.
Hiller Status: We got an update on Flames goalie Jonas Hiller yesterday, and things look pretty good. He’s reportedly back to 100 percent following the appendicitis last month.
Hiller took around three weeks to rest and recover but is now back to his usual off-season antics in Switzerland. He’ll most likely be serving as the No. 1 guy in Calgary this year and will anchor that side of the ice for the Flames.
Backstrom Status: Now let’s head to Minnesota and check out net-minder Niklas Backstrom, who is fighting off abdomen and hip issues. He’ll supposedly be back to 100 percent in time for training camp, which is good news for the Wild.
Backstrom had a pretty ugly year in 2013-14, posting 3.02 GAA and an anemic .899 save percentage in his 21 games of action.
Given the fact that there’s a logjam in the net for Minnesota, we may see some parts being moved around soon. Backstrom probably won’t be going anywhere, though, thanks to his bloated deal.
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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