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Wings Want To Extend Babcock’s Contract

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press at Kentucky.com,

The Red Wings are starting negotiations to get coach Mike Babcock signed to an extension.

He has a year left on the three-year deal he signed most recently, but the Wings have been so thrilled with the job 47-year-old Babcock has done - especially this past season - that extending him only makes sense.

“I’d like to keep him, so we’re going to sit down and talk,” general manager Ken Holland said Saturday at the 2010 NHL entry draft at Staples Center. “He likes it in Detroit, and I enjoy working with him. I think he’s done a tremendous job since he came here in 2005. I anticipate this is going to take most of the summer, but hopefully by the time we get to training camp, we’ve got something in place.”...

“I’m staying if they’d like to have me,” Babcock said. “But I haven’t really even thought about it - I just assumed I’m staying.”

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UFA & Trade Talk Coming From The Draft

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The focus of the hockey world was in Los Angeles this weekend, and it may be yet again come Thursday when the NHL’s free-agent market opens.

Sources confirmed to ESPN.com yet again Saturday that the Kings will make an offer to the prized jewel of a thin market, star winger Ilya Kovalchuk. They tried to acquire his rights this weekend from New Jersey, but were denied since the Devils remain interested in trying to re-sign the Russian star.

On the back end, Los Angeles also has eyes on a top-four defenseman, and if Dan Hamhuis doesn’t sign with Pittsburgh, the Kings will take a look at him. The Kings also like Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, but don’t have a fit with Toronto because the Leafs want a top-six forward in return….

Marc Savard remained a Boston Bruin through the weekend. Rumors of his imminent trade were greatly exaggerated. A Bruins source said no trade was imminent, although he did confirm there had been talks with other teams concerning Savard, who has become available because the team obtained a natural center in franchise draft pick Tyler Seguin on Friday night….

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Rangers And Marc Staal Far Apart In Contract Talks

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from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,

Glen Sather sounded as if he and Marc Staal’s camp were nowhere close to one another in their talks of a new contract for the Ranger blueliner, so he was asked if, really, there was a wide gap between the sides.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a wide gap,” Sather said. “It’s more like a chasm.”

Does that clear it up? As free agency season approaches, it could be laying the groundwork for the sides to dig in through the summer, as happened with Brandon Dubinsky before last season (a battle that John Tortorella thought was pretty “stupid”). Staal is not eligible for arbitration and Sather is planning to use the leverage the CBA affords him, saying today that “sometimes agents don’t recognize that - leverage works both ways.” (Staal’s agent is Bobby Orr. You may have heard of him.)

“I’m not ripping anybody, I’m saying what the reality is: that’s why the CBA’s in place,” Sather said. “If a guy’s a free agent, and if doesn’t agree to a contract he can sit out until December, and then he can’t come back at all for the whole year.”



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Cap Talk

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are more and more teams that pay no attention whatsoever to the salary cap. Ask a few GMs how many clubs are working under their own budget restraints, with payroll set by the company accountant, and you get estimates all over the map?

“Maybe 15?” figured Mike Gillis.

“Between 20 and 25?” offered Sutter.

St. Louis is under orders from ownership to keep the payroll low. They’ve got to make the $43.4 million cap floor, but that’s it.

In Anaheim, word is they won’t be spending the $6 million that was being paid to Scott Niedermayer before he retired.

“We don’t want to have happen what happened to us a few years ago,” said Ducks GM Bob Murray. “Where you wake up ever day and say, ‘Oh my God, if a goalie gets hurt, we’re really going to be in trouble.’ We’re not going to get there again. Budgets, we’re going to watch much closer.”

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Report- Flyers Target Nabokov

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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

The Flyers came to this NHL draft looking for a goalie via the trade route.

Their camp took the red eye from Los Angeles back to Philadelphia on Saturday night after the draft without a No. 1 goaltender, but they made slight progress.

According to league sources, the Flyers have a verbal agreement in place with the San Jose Sharks to fork over a seventh-round pick next season if they can sign San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov before July 1, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.


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Now That The Draft Is Over

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A few random thoughts from Day 2 of the sleepiest NHL entry drafts of all time:

Short term, you’d have to concede that the Boston Bruins are the most improved team since the end of the season, given that they landed arguably the best or second-best prospect in the draft - Tyler Seguin - Friday night; and added a potential point-per-game player in Nathan Horton earlier in the week….

Long-term though, the big winners over the weekend was unquestionably the Panthers, a team in need of a major overhaul. GM Dale Tallon, in his first month on the job, began the process by moving out Horton earlier in the week and then traded defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.


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NHL Entry Draft Notes

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LOS ANGELES (June 25, 2010)—The 2010 NHL Entry Draft concluded this afternoon with a total of 210 players selected from 12 countries. Following is a breakdown of 2010 Entry Draft selections by birthplace:

Canada     99
United States     59
Sweden     20
Russia     8
Finland     7
Czech Republic     5
Germany     5
Slovakia     2
Switzerland     2
Denmark     1
Latvia     1
Norway     1
TOTAL     210


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Chicago’s Core Remains In Place

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from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

Quenneville spoke publicly Saturday for the first time since the Hawks completed a multiplayer deal with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday. The trade was made to help Chicago deal with salary cap constraints.

“Whether it’s tough or not, it’s the reality of the business,” Quenneville said just before the second round of the NHL draft. “Things will change. It’s not necessarily hockey trades. They’re business trades.”

Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager were moved to the Thrashers, and hours later Colin Fraser was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Quenneville admitted it was tough to see them leave, but he knows they have enough in place to repeat.

“You look at the core and nucleus and it’s in place,” Quenneville said. “We’ll have to get younger. It’s not going to be the same, but the core is there.”

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NHL Draft

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The NHL draft is underway.  The first round went yesterday and the remainder is going to occur today.  It is always hard to make authoritative comments on the draft.  Many players are players I have never seen.  Of the few players I have seen, I have rarely seen them play very much.  Even if I had seen them play a lot, I would probably get it wrong quite often as history shows the scouts do when you look at past drafts.

This draft had the false hype of Edmonton’s choice between Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin at first overall.  I think that Edmonton had decided upon Hall well before the draft, but the decision was not announced publicly, so there was a story created around it.  It would have been a bit of a shocker if they did pick Seguin.

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Draft Day Talk

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson confirmed speculation there is interest in goalie Evgeni Nabokov, whose contract is up on July 1. The Flyers are expected to be the front-runner to land Nabokov’s rights, although Wilson wasn’t revealing much on Friday.

“Have people contacted me about him? Yes,” Wilson said. “More than one.”

And that’s all he was revealing.

According to an NHL source, the Blackhawks are shopping forward Kris Versteeg, although they don’t consider it a necessity to deal him. That might be why the asking price for Versteeg remains high.

For the right price, the Atlanta Thrashers and Penguins are among the teams interested in Versteeg, although neither would like to pay the rumored asking price of a first-round pick and a prospect.


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