NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/4/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 4, 2014
It’s been a pretty steady week for NHL news, as teams around the league work to fill out their rosters in preparation for training camp. We’ve got some fresh news for you this morning, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Rinaldo Extension: We didn’t get a chance to mention this one yesterday, so let’s pause for a moment and examine the extension that the Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo inked with the team earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Rinaldo agreed to a two-year extension with Philly worth $1.7 million. He’s now signed with the team through the next three years, as he agreed to another two-year deal last April.
Rinaldo doesn’t score much, but that’s not what the Flyers rely on him for. He’s a checking forward, and a darn good one. In 2013-14, he posted 231 hits and 153 penalty minutes, making the most of his 7:41 average ice time per game. He’ll be serving that same role going forward.
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Deslauriers Outlook: This week, we got some fresh information on goalie Jeff Deslauriers, so let’s check in on him and see what he’s up to.
Deslauriers got an invitation to the defending champ Kings’ training camp, and he’ll be partaking on a tryout basis. The general consensus is that he won’t come close to threatening for the backup slot, but may be able to fit in at the AHL level.
Deslauriers posted a 20-15-3 record with a 2.58 GAA and .895 save percentage at the AHL level last year.
Nieuwendyk Hire: Yesterday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced a new addition to their scouting team, and he should be a familiar face among hockey fans.
Joe Nieuwendyk will be serving as a professional scout and advisor for the ‘Canes, and his NHL experience should serve him well. He was the GM of the Dallas Stars from 2009-13 and has also worked with the Panthers and Maple Leafs as an advisor.
Nieuwendyk found success as a player, too. He’s a three-time Stanley Cup winner, Hockey Hall of Famer and has 564 career goals on his résumé (22nd all-time).
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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