NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/30/15
NHL Off-Season Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 30, 2015
Even though it’s the off-season the NHL has been very busy over the past several days. Yesterday featured a lot of movement ahead of the free agency period, which begins July 1. That said, let’s take a look at the headlines and see who’s in the news right now.
The Oilers parted ways with a handful of players yesterday. G Tyler Bunz, D Keith Aulie and LWs Matt Fraser and Brad Ross were not extended qualifying offers by the team, so they’ll be unrestricted free agents this week.
Ross will likely bolt overseas, while Bunz will serve as a depth guy to whomever picks him up. Fraser and Aulie seem like they’ll probably get two-way deals somewhere but don’t have a lot of ice time in 2014-15 to leverage an NHL team with.
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Riley Nash will be an unrestricted free agent as well. The Hurricanes will let him hit the open market after a pair of disappointing seasons in the NHL. He logged 49 points in 141 games.
Nash was a first-round pick in 2007, which makes it kind of weird that the ‘Canes didn’t try to work something out. He’ll probably catch on fairly easily with another team that thinks it can mentor him into a solid piece.
The Sharks traded defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser to the Blues yesterday, getting a conditional seventh-round pick in next year’s draft in return.
Abeltshauser was a sixth-round pickup by San Jose back in 2010 and failed to impress. He’ll likely get lost in a sea of defensive talent in St. Louis and probably won’t get out of the AHL.
The Flyers dealt center Zac Rinaldo to the Bruins yesterday in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2017.
Rinaldo logged 58 appearances for Philly last year, posting one goal and five assists. He also put up 109 penalty minutes, so the feeling is he’ll be playing the agitator in Boston.
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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