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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 26, 2014
The NHL news feed has been pretty flat for the past few days, but that’s understandable considering the barren wasteland that is the off-season. That said, we’ve still got a few notable headlines trickling in, so let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news out there right now.
Anderson Deal: The Senators were active yesterday, inking goalie Craig Anderson to a three-year contract extension. He’ll average $4.2 million annually over the course of the deal, which is a larger chunk of change than fellow Senators goalie Robin Lehner got a little while back.
It should be an interesting training camp battle to see which one of these net-minders earns early favor in Ottawa. So far it’s Anderson.
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Flames Outlook: This off-season, we’ve been taking quick examinations of individual teams from time to time; Today we’ll be looking at the Flames.
Calgary finished in the unimpressive 27th slot in the league last year, marking their status as a team firmly entrenched in a rebuilding phase. So far, the team is being cautious when it comes to their goals for the 2014-15 campaign.
We’ve heard lots of noncommittal jargon from the management staff this season, saying that their team’s progress won’t be measured in the standings, and that they’ll be content to see that the squad is growing and moving forward. That sounds to us like they’re already throwing in the towel for this year.
That said, Flames fans have a lot to look forward to. With Sean Monahan on board and playing well already, the team has a nice building block with practical NHL experience. He’ll need to take another step forward to fill the void left by Mike Cammalleri.
Mason Raymond, Deryk Engelland and Jonas Hiller will help fill the gaps as well. No. 4 overall pick Sam Bennett offers some hope for the future as well.
All things considered, we can expect the Flames to remain competitive like they did last season, though they ultimately won’t be getting over the hump for some time. It’ll be a process in Calgary, but they seem headed in the right direction.
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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