NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/3/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
October 3, 2014
With just a handful of days (five, to be exact) left until the beginning of the 2014-15 NHL season, there’s not much time left for rehearsal. We’re seeing plenty of news happening around the league as players and teams get set for opening night, so with that said let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see who’s in the news.
It sounds like Dallas defenseman Sergei Gonchar is in a bit of trouble when it comes to his health. The coaching staff described him as likely being out for “a period of time,” according to sources close to the team, which sounds to us like his ankle issue is more serious than previously thought.
As of right now, Gonchar is being considered questionable for the Stars’ opener, which is less than a week away. As the days pass, we should be getting more information on his condition.
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Let’s stick with the Stars for a moment and check on some good news on their injury front. Both Kari Lehtonen and Jordie Benn were able to return to the practice ice yesterday, which bodes well for their regular-season opener availability.
Lehtonen had been battling a mild concussion, and Benn had an upper-body issue.
The Red Wings got some good news with winger Tomas Tatar yesterday. He took a knee to the head during Wednesday’s game and sat out of practice yesterday, but he doesn’t have a concussion and won’t be gone for too long.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see him shelved for the rest of the preseason, but all things considered Tatar should be just fine.
The Hurricanes put center Jordan Staal on injured reserve yesterday. He’s dealing with a broken leg.
Stall fractured his right leg late last month and is expected to take 3-4 months for a full recovery. That means we probably won’t be seeing him until sometime in January.
Boston’s David Pastrnak is able to take contact in practice, according to the Bruins’ official site. He’s getting over a shoulder injury.
Pastrnak will probably hit the ice either tonight or tomorrow (or maybe both), and is in a logjam of names for potential forward candidates.
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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