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June 18, 2015
Now that we’re officially in off-season mode around the NHL, we can start turning our attentions to some of the notable developments from around the league. Let’s check out today’s headlines and see what’s going on out there.
Some Islanders fans are finding it strange that the team has such a fascination with defenseman Thomas Hickey. He and the team are reportedly very close to a deal for a new contract, which should be completed before he hits restricted free agency.
Hickey is in the bottom pairing among a stable of capable defensemen on the Isles roster, and the team has some legitimate talent in the minors as well, so this situation is somewhat of a head-scratcher.
Hickey posted a minus-12 rating on the season, which was the lowest on the team.
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Speaking of contract extensions, the Capitals’ Nate Schmidt signed one yesterday. He’ll be on a two-year, $1.625 million deal.
Mike Green is expected to bolt in unrestricted free agency this summer, so this partially fills a glaring need for the team.
Schmidt is 23 years old and has played in 68 games over the past two seasons. In that time he’s posted three scores and assisted seven times.
Anthony Peluso also inked a deal yesterday with the Jets, re-upping for a two-year, $1.35 million contract.
Peluso played in 49 games with Winnipeg last year, logging two points with 100 hits and 86 PIM.
A pair of Blackhawks may be needing off-season surgery.
First there’s center Marcus Kruger, who is dealing with some unspecified conditions and may have to go under the knife for treatment. If he does, we’d imagine he’ll be fine for next season.
As for Kris Versteeg, will likely have a procedure in the cards, but this one should be relatively minor and should serve to clean up his previously operated-on knee.
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Now that the season is all finished up, we can start looking forward to the off-season activities that will keep us busy until the 2015-16 campaign. Let’s take a look at the upcoming calendar.
June 24: NHL Awards
June 25-July 1: UFAs meet with prospective teams
July 1: Free agency begins
July 5-6 Arbitration deadlines
Early July: Rookie development camps
July 15: Qualifying offers expire
July 20-August 4: Arbitration hearings
Early September: Rooke camps
Mid-September: Training camps open
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