NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/3/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 3, 2014
Even though the off-season is pretty slow in the NHL right now, we’re still seeing news items coming in on a daily basis. We’ve also got the training camp season to look forward to in a couple of weeks, so life is good right now for hockey fans. With all of that in mind, let’s take today’s look at the headlines out there and see what’s going on in the league.
Ducks Goalie Battle: One of the most interesting storylines coming out of Anaheim this off-season has been the team’s situation in net. According to sources close to the team, veteran Frederik Andersen will most likely be the No. 1 goalie entering training camp, but he’s got youngster John Gibson hot on his heels.
Andersen sprained his MCL during Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, which opened the door for Gibson to gain favor with the team brass. Statistically, the pair seem pretty similar when you factor in Andersen’s regular-season stats, so it’s pretty much a dead heat at the moment.
The starter will likely be determined in training camp, with Gibson likely heading to the AHL for the time being if he doesn’t come out on top. Remember, the team also has veteran Jason LaBarbera on the roster; He’ll probably end up in the No. 2 slot regardless, but we’ll have to wait and see what the Ducks decide to do.
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Souray Status: While we’re on the subject of the Ducks, let’s check in with defenseman Sheldon Souray, as we got some fresh information on him this week.
Things aren’t looking too good for Souray, actually. His career is reportedly at risk of coming to an end, thanks to his season-ending wrist surgery early this year. He still hasn’t received full clearance to practice yet, and given the fact that he’s 38 years old that’s not a good sign.
Granted, there’s a chance that Souray makes some kind of recovery and is able to hit the ice again, but even if he does he’ll probably be a shadow of his former self.
Ehlers Signing: Yesterday, the Jets’ first-round pick Nikolaj Ehlers agreed to a deal with the team. He’ll be on a three-year, entry-level contract. The average annual value there will be $1.625 million.
Ehlers was picked up at No. 9 overall as the first player ever selected out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He posted 104 points in 63 games with the Halifax Mooseheads in last year’s campaign.
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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