NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/9/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 9, 2014
As this workweek gains steam, we can occupy ourselves by checking out some of the notable players around the NHL. Training camps aren’t too far off, and with those will come all sorts of new information about the upcoming season. With that, let’s examine a few of the latest headlines out there.
Around the League: Let’s take a few minutes to examine some news tidbits that have come through over the past day or two. As we approach the season, we’ll be seeing more and more headlines such as these.
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The Red Wings have moved Darren Helm to the wing, thanks to an abundance of players up the middle. The abundance is quite the opposite of the roster nightmare the team had at C last year.
Assuming Helm can stay healthy, he’s got a very good shot at making a name for himself on the outside. The drawback here is that he’s had some significant injury issues (just 44 games in the past two seasons) and is probably a third-liner. Still, the upside here is palpable.
Let’s stick in Detroit for a minute and check out goalie Jimmy Howard. This week he was quoted as saying that he’s feeling very good health-wise; better than he has the past two or three seasons.
Howard hasn’t exactly been a reliable player health-wise, and it’s been showing up in his numbers. He posted a 2.66 GAA and .910 save percentage in 2013-14, and will have to fend off Jonas Gustavsson in training camp. Still, if he truly is healthy he should plant himself firmly in the No. 1 slot.
We got an update on Lightning center Steven Stamkos this week, and things are looking pretty good. He had a screw removed from his tibia around three weeks ago and is reportedly very close to full health.
Stamkos has been laser-focused on improving his health this off-season, and it looks like things are paying off for him. The news has Lightning fans and pundits predicting a 100-point season for him, and also a legitimate shot at the 50-point threshold.
Yesterday, we heard some fresh news on Senators defenseman Marc Methot’s contract situation, and things don’t seem to be going so well. He hasn’t had any official discussions with the team, and it appears there won’t be any in the near future.
Methot reportedly wants a five-year, $27.5 million deal, and it looks like the Senators are balking (or at least putting it on the back burner). He posted six scores and 17 helpers in 75 appearances last season, though, and those numbers can’t be ignored. He may or may not even show up to training camp if this starts to get ugly.
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.
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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