NHL News: Player News and Updates for 8/29/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 29, 2014
The NHL news continues to trickle in, even though we’re still stuck amid the off-season blues. Still, there’s plenty to talk about as we wait for those pucks to hit the ice again, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what everyone’s up to right now. Here’s the latest.
Senators Goalie Competition: An interesting storyline shaping up in Ottawa concerns their net-minder situation. Specifically, Robin Lehner will be competing with vet Craig Anderson for the starting job, with the stakes being higher ever since each player inked a new three-year deal this off-season.
Here’s how it breaks down: Former RFA Lehner signed a $6.6 million deal late last month. As for Anderson, he’s signed through 2017-18 on $12.6 million.
Statistically, Anderson played more when he was healthy. He finished with 52 starts on a 25-16-8 record, logging a 3.00 GAA and .911 save percentage. On the other side, the 23-year-old Lehner posted a 12-15-6 line with a 3.06 GAA and .913 save percentage.
It’s going to be an interesting dynamic to follow this season, so we’ll see which guy distinguishes himself first.
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Alfredsson Outlook: We’ve been hearing some rumblings this off-season about the potential short-term future of Red Wings veteran Daniel Alfredsson. Apparently, he’s been in training and it’s looking like he’s leaning toward playing one more season in the NHL.
The team, however, seems tepid on the idea so far. GM Ken Holland said this week that he hasn’t talked to Alfredsson in a month, and though he does want to play, no decision has been made as of yet.
Holland said the team wants to wait 10-12 days before exploring their options. We could then see a contract signing, or simply an invitation to camp, which begins September 18.
White Surgery: On Wednesday, Flyers center Ryan White went under the knife to repair his torn pectoral muscle. There’s no concrete timetable as yet for his return to the ice.
White inked a one-year, two-way deal with the team earlier this month. He’s coming off a six-point season in 52 appearances in Montreal during the 2013-14 campaign. This surgery could jeopardize his spot on the NHL-level team this year.
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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