NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/30/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 30, 2014
It’s been a pretty busy week for NHL news so far, and that’s only going to increase as we get closer to the official start of the regular season. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
The Sharks’ James Sheppard did some skating by himself yesterday, according to sources close to the team. He’s trying to come back from a left knee injury, but by most indications his issue is relatively minor.
As of right now there doesn’t seem to be much danger of Sheppard missing any time in the regular season. He’s coming off a four-goal, 16-assist campaign in 2013-14 and will be a bottom-sixer in San Jose.
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The Blue Jackets made some moves yesterday, so let’s see what’s happening in Columbus.
The team assigned right winger Josh Anderson to AHL Springfield yesterday, which is something of a surprise since he was expected to at least last closer to final-cut day due to the holes the Jackets have currently.
The team also waived a pair of players: Both Ryan Craig and Sean Collins were cut. Neither move comes as much of a surprise, as both players seemed destined for AHL-level play.
Meanwhile in Chicago, the Blackhawks made some moves as well. They cut both Pierre-Cedric Labrie (left winger) and Cody Bass (center).
Neither player was expected to earn a slot with the big club, and will likely clear waivers to report to AHL play.
Let’s take a closer look at Dany Heatley’s status, as we got some fresh information on him yesterday.
After suffering a groin injury during Sunday’s preseason game, Heatley will be out for at least one week while he recovers. With the regular season opening up on October 9 against the Penguins, the Ducks are in danger of not having him in the lineup for Game 1.
Furthermore, this throws a wrench in the team’s plans for experimenting with Heatley on the top line alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. We’ll see how that works itself out.
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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