NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/22/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 22, 2014
It’s been a pretty interesting weekend when it comes to NHL news, and that trend should be continuing as the training camps around the league get up to speed. While we’re waiting on our favorite teams to take the ice, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there.
Devils defenseman Jon Merrill sustained a head injury during Saturday’s practice session. The incident in question occurred during a collision with a teammate.
The good news here is that Merrill will have some time to recover before the regular season. There’s no immediate word on how severe his injury is, but we’ll keep you posted.
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What’s going on with Ryan Ellis’ contract? Well, it’s really anyone’s guess. His camp and the Predators remain at a standoff over salary in his new contract, and as a result he hasn’t been able to participate in training camp.
Sources close to the team seem to think that the Preds and Ellis will work out their differences between now and the regular season, but what kind of impact this will have on the ice remains to be seen. Ellis could end up seeing a reduced role if some other player swoops in with a good camp.
Good news for the Kings: Center Jarret Stoll has been doing A-OK in training camp thus far, with no ill effects from his off-season hip surgery.
We have to wonder what the Jackets’ Ryan Johansen thought of Boone Jenner taking his spot in the team’s first exhibition game yesterday, and whether it will propel his camp toward a contract deal with the team.
Johansen’s latest offer was turned down by Columbus last week. That one was reportedly for two years and $12 million in total. The Jackets want to be around the $6 million mark, according to sources, so the two sides definitely have some work to do.
The Rangers’ Derek Stepan sustained a foot contusion in practice this weekend, but it doesn’t look like he hurt himself too badly. He’s considered day-to-day, so we expect to see him out on the ice again very soon.
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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