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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 3, 2015
The NHL has been pretty crazy this week, with lots of big-time signings and movement around the league. That said, let’s check in on the latest news from out there on the off-season ice.
The Rangers lost another big piece of their recent playoff success yesterday, when veteran Martin St. Louis announced his NHL retirement.
St. Louis is now 40 years old and coming off a 52-point regular season that featured 21 goals in 74 games. In his 16-year career in the league, he logged 391 scores and 1,033 points in 1,134 total games.
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The Blackhawks have big things planned for new arrival Artem Anisimov. He’ll reportedly be centering the second line in 2015-16, which will hopefully bring some stability to that spot for Chicago.
Anisimov inked a five-year, $22.75 million deal with the Blackhawks a day after he came over in a trade. It’ll be interesting to see who Chicago ultimately chooses to skate alongside him.
The Blues lost out on defenseman prospect Jani Hakanpaa yesterday. He inked a two-year deal with a Finnish Elite League team.
Hakanpaa had fallen out of favor in recent months, posting just eight points in 64 games at the AHL level. St. Louis will keep his rights in case he ends up coming back over when his contract is up.
The Islanders picked up a potent scoring threat this week, inking a one-year, two-way deal with winger Joe Whitney.
Whitney will likely head to AHL Bridgeport when training camp is through and showcase his talents there. Last year with the Devils’ AHL team, he posted 23 goals and 37 helpers in his 66 appearances.
The Rangers’ Derick Brassard went under the knife for wrist surgery last week. The operation was to fix an injured tendon.
Brassard’s recovery window is in the 4-6 week range, so he should be fine for training camp. He logged 60 points in his 80 appearances last year.
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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