NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/2/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 2, 2014
Now that the long holiday weekend has concluded, we can turn our attention back toward the off-season happenings around the NHL. Training camps are just a couple of weeks away, and that means there’s plenty of news to go around in the meantime. That said, let’s take our daily look across the league and check out what’s happening.
Kadri Update: This weekend, we got some insight into the off-season activities of the Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri. He’s reportedly been working hard on his shooting this summer and is aiming for some big points production during the regular season.
Kadri has been focusing on the speed of his release specifically, with the thinking that a faster shot will do him more good than a stronger shot.
Over the course of last season, Kadri posted 20 goals. If he truly is improving, he’s got a solid shot at improving on that output.
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Tootoo Outlook: Back in June, right winger Jordin Tootoo became an unrestricted free agent. Since then, he hasn’t been able to find a home. Sources close to the Predators say that he’s unlikely to re-sign in Nashville, thanks to the moves they’ve already made this off-season.
There’s a chance that Tootoo finds some work as a depth guy somewhere before the season begins, but he probably won’t have too much of an impact regardless. He posted just one helper in 11 games with Detroit, and is likely destined for the AHL, if anywhere.
Horcoff Outlook: According to sources close to the team, Stars center Shawn Horcoff will be playing in a bottom-six role with Dallas this season. The 35-year-old veteran has one year left on his six-season contract and will finish it off providing simple depth.
Horcoff is coming of a 20-point (13 assists; seven goals) season in 2013-14, and most think he’ll be at that level this season as well. This will likely be the end of the road with him in Dallas, unless he agrees to come back at a reduced rate to serve in his backup capacity.
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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