NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/22/15
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 22, 2015
We’ve completed the first off-season weekend of 2015 in the NHL. We’ve also seen some interesting developments creeping in over the past several days, so with that said let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there.
Mikael Backlund inked a three-year deal with the Flames this weekend. The contract is worth $10.73 million.
This is a big win for the Flames, who can now rely on Backlund for the foreseeable future. He logged 10 goals and 17 assists in 52 games during 2014-15, but did miss out on 30 games due to injury. He’ll be a key member of the team’s second line once again, and should improve greatly on his numbers provided he can stay healthy.
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The Panthers and Maple Leafs engaged in a minor deal this weekend. Gregg McKegg went from Toronto to Florida, and the Maple Leafs got Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the deal.
McKegg has a legitimate shot at making the NHL roster this year; he posted 37 points in 62 games at the AHL level this past year.
The Sharks will not be re-signing defenseman Scott Hannan this year, according to GM Doug Wilson.
Hannan logged two scores and five helpers this past year in 58 appearances. The decision not to bring him back makes sense; the Sharks boast an impressive stable of young talent ready to fill the void.
In a related situation, Wilson said the Sharks won’t be re-signing left winger John Scott. He posted three goals this year and made a minimal impact on the ice.
The Stars’ Jhonas Enroth will be testing out free agency this summer, even though he and the team have had some discussions over a new contract.
Enroth posted a .904 save percentage in a shaky year, but he could get some long looks in free agency due to the lack of experienced goaltenders out there.
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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