Apr 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) celebrates with Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick (58) after their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: August 7th Edition

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!

  • Aaron Ekblad suffers concussion - Rough news out of Canada yesterday for Florida Panthers fans, as 2014 first overall pick Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion during Hockey Canada’s world junior development camp. Ekblad suffered the injury during Canada’s 6-2 win against the Czech Republic when he collided with Czech defenseman Lukas Klok. The Florida Panthers are hoping that Ekblad will be ready for Panthers camp in September. [TMMOTS]
  • NHL Power Rankings: 5 best moves of the offseason - The calendar has flipped to August and NHL training camps are little over a month away. There are still some salary negotiations going on and several UFAs have yet to find teams for the 2014-15 season, but the big offseason moves are done and we have a clearer image of how teams are shaping up for the upcoming NHL season. With that said, here are the 5 best moves made during the 2014 offseason. [FanSided]
  • KHL hopes to host game in 2,000 year old amphitheater - The NHL held the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, which opened days after the Titanic sank back in 1912. If you thought that was an old and historic venue, the KHL (as usual) is looking to one-up the NHL and hold an outdoor game at a 2,000 year old Roman amphitheater in Verona, Italy. Arena di Verona was built in 30 AD and has hosted operas and concerts, but never a sporting event. It is clear what the NHL needs to do: counter this with a game in the Colosseum (the one in Rome, not Long Island). [FanSided]

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