NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- One Last Run For The Chicago Blackhawks Current Core – By signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to eight year, $10.5 million annual contracts, the Chicago Blackhawks have essentially gone all in on the 2014-15 season. The cap hit from the extension will not kick in until the 2015-16 season, so the Blackhawks have to make only minimal adjustments before the start of this season to get under the cap. However, with a number of players to sign in 2015, it is likely things will be changed drastically at the end of the 2014-15 season. Toews and Kane are the corner stones of the Blackhawks lineup, but the supporting cast will have to change next year. [ Blackhawk Up ]
- Could Malcom Subban Play In The NHL This Season – That’s the question Causeway Crowd is asking. With Tuuka Rask coming off a Vezina winning season, I think that answer would be a resounding no. Subban is in development camp this week, and will likely get a start during the pre-season, but that will be the closest he gets to actual NHL action this season. Causeway Crowd believes he will at least get one start. Unless something happens to Rask, I just cannot see a likely scenario where they go to Subban so early in his career. Then again, we have seen teams hiring goaltenders off the street due to last second injuries, so anything is possible. [ Causeway Crowd ]
- Ryan O’Reilly Arbitration Date Set – The Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly have until July 15th to come to an agreement on a contract, or the two parties will head to arbitration in Toronto on July 23rd. O’Reilly is coming off a 64 point season, the best of his career. [ Mile High Sticking ]