May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) stops a shot by Montreal Canadiens left wing Thomas Vanek (20) with the help of defenseman Kevan Miller (86) during the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: August 14th 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!

  • 2014-15 NHL Season Previews – Over the next 30 days, we will be posting a series of previews for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season was posted yesterday. While it may be hard to believe, hockey is right around the bend. Make sure you are informed for the upcoming season! Included is a look back at the 2013-14 season, as well as an outlook and predications for the upcoming season. [Anaheim Ducks] – [Arizona Coyotes] – [Boston Bruins]
  • Are we entering the age of the defensive superstar? – The most sought after commodity on the free agent wire, the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the biggest contract extension of the offseason: all of these have one thing in common, they involved a defenseman. When P.K. Subban signed the biggest contract in Montreal Canadiens history, it signified a changing of the guard as far as value goes in the NHL. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin may still be the marquee players for the NHL and its broadcasting family, but we are entering the age of the defensive super star. [FanSided]
  • Criminal charges for beer league hockey hits could chill participation – In professional hockey, an illegal hit will earn you a match penalty and a meeting with the department of player safety. An illegal hit in beer league play (where checking is not allowed) could have legal implications outside of the game of hockey. Gordon MacIsaac was convicted of aggravated assault and is on probation for 18 months and was fined $5,000 dollars for a hit he delivered in a beer league game. [Puck Daddy]

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