NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/27/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 27, 2014
It’s been a pretty slow news-week for the NHL so far, even considering that this is the off-season. That said, there’s still plenty to look forward to in the near future, so let’s take a look around the league and see what everybody’s up to as we creep toward the beginning of the regular season.
Hextall Signing: The Flyers were active yesterday, inking C Brett Hextall to a contract with their AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. The signing makes sense; Hextall’s father is the Flyers’ GM.
Over the past three seasons, he’s been with the Portland AHL organization, posting 53 points in his 197 games.
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Bishop Status: Yesterday, we got some fresh information on the status of the Lightning’s Ben Bishop, so let’s check in on him and see how he’s progressing as he gets set for the season.
Way back on April 8, Bishop experienced a freak injury in the first period of a game against the Leafs. He ended up dislocating his elbow and tearing ligaments after an awkward fall, ending his season and the Lightning’s playoff hopes along with it.
It was a disappointing bookend to an otherwise stellar season. Bishop posted a 37-14-7 record with a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage.
Bishop also had some wrist issues last season, but those (and his elbow injury) are starting to clear up. He’s begun skating over these past few weeks, and hopes to be close to 100 percent by the time the season begins.
If Bishop can remain healthy throughout the 2014-15 season--and at least come close to replicating his breakout success last year, there’s no telling what the Lightning will be able to accomplish. Things are looking up, but it all starts in between the pipes in Tampa Bay.
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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