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Draft Numbers

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from NHL.com at Kings.com,

...here are 43 things you should know heading into the draft. Friday’s first round can be seen starting at 7 p.m. ET on Versus in the U.S. and TSN in Canada. Rounds 2-7 on Saturday can be seen starting at 1 p.m. ET on the NHL Network.

1. With Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin or Windsor’s Taylor Hall expected to be the No. 1 pick, it would mark the fourth-straight year a player from the Ontario Hockey League was chosen first at the draft, following John Tavares (2009), Steven Stamkos (2008) and Patrick Kane (2007).

2. The Kings played their first game at the Long Beach Arena; NHL Central Scouting’s top-rated U.S.-born player, Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers, was born in Long Beach.

3. Windsor Spitfires defenseman Cam Fowler was born in Windsor, Ont., but moved to Michigan when he was 2, and holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship.

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Oilers Can’t Go Wrong With Either Pick

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The suspense will finally come to an end early Friday evening when the Edmonton Oilers reveal if it’s Taylor or Tyler. This is the short-term drama, choosing between the more NHL ready winger (Taylor Hall of the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires) or the player with the potentially higher upside and the harder-to-find skill set (Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers) at the 2010 entry draft.

In the big picture, it may not even matter who ends up going to the Oilers, given how many of these high-end, can’t-miss youngsters flourish early in their NHL careers and actually do live up to the hype. Thanks to a system that grooms top prospects from their early teens for this precise moment, they all seem to arrive with talent, poise, fitness and an understanding of what it takes to become a professional.


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Future Hall Of Famer Scott Niedermayer Retires

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A few days ago future Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer announced his retirement and I am only now getting around to writing his career retrospective.

Scott Niedermayer was born on August 31st, 1973 in Edmonton, Alberta.  As a very young kid, his family moved to the Kootenay region of eastern British Columbia and he grew up playing hockey in the minor hockey system there.  In 1989 he started his junior career when he joined the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League.  There he quickly blossomed into a star.  By 1991, he was named to the WHL West First All Star Team and named Canadian Major Junior scholastic player of the year for a season where he scored 82 points in 57 games from defence.  He also played on the gold medal winning Canadian team at the World Junior Championships.  This was good enough to make him the third overall pick in the 1991 draft by the New Jersey Devils.  This was the infamous draft pick that Toronto traded for Tom Kurvers, thus eliminating them from the Eric Lindros sweepstakes (Lindros was the consensus first overall pick that season).

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Hit To The Head Rule Approved

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LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2010)—The National Hockey League Board of Governors today approved a rule change that provides for a major penalty and a game misconduct for a “lateral or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact.” The rule change was proposed by the League’s 30 Club General Managers and was approved by the Competition Committee before being forwarded to the Board for ratification.

      Rule 48, “Illegal Check to the Head,” also empowers a referee, at his discretion, to assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the penalized player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.

      Any player who incurs a total of two game misconducts under this rule, in either the regular season or playoffs, will be suspended automatically for his team’s next game. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty, the automatic suspension will be increased by one game.

      If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline also can be applied.

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NHL, NHLPA Announce Team Payroll Range For 2010-11

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From the NHL:

The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2010-11 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $43.4 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $51.4 million and an Upper Limit of $59.4 million.

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Report:  Wojtek Wolski Signs 2-Year Deal with PHX

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Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, Wojtek Wolski has agreed to terms on a 2 year deal with PHX for $7.6M.

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Boychuk Re-Signs With Bruins for two years

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According to various sources, the Bruins have re-signed Johnny Boychuk with a two-year, $3.75 million deal.  He’ll receive $1.75 million next season and $2 million in 2011-2012.

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Kings extend conracts for Lombardi and Members of Hockey Operations Staff

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From the Kings:

The Los Angeles Kings and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract extension, Kings Governor Tim Leiweke announced today.  In addition, Leiweke and the Kings today announced two-year contract extensions for Kings Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, Kings Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon, and Kings Head Coach Terry Murray. 

Lombardi, Hextall, Solomon and Murray all had one year remaining on their contracts.  All four are under contract through the 2012-13 NHL season.

“Dean and his staff want to be here, they want to help finish what we have all started and we feel we are on the verge of something very special, so it was imperative that we keep our nucleus together,” said Leiweke.  “The timing was right to do this, and now our focus shifts to the NHL Draft this weekend here at STAPLES Center and LA Live, into free agency next week and to the rest of summer as we look to add a piece or two – the right piece or two—to this great young core we have together here with the Kings.”

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Sharks Re-Sign Centers Marleau and Pavelski

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From the Sharks:

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III un-restricted free agent forward Patrick Marleau and Group II restricted free agent forward Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals was not disclosed.

“We are very pleased that Patty and Joe have committed to this organization now and in the future,” said Wilson.  “They expressed a strong belief in the direction this franchise is heading but also understand the challenges to keeping a talented group like ours together.

“Both players had a tremendous regular season, excelled on the ice for their respective countries at the Winter Olympics and elevated their game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  They have solidified their place in the game among the League’s top forwards and we are excited as an organization to have Joe and Patty back in San Jose to build on what we accomplished last season.”

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NHL Award Presentations

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Yesterday was the NHL Awards presentations, so I want to take some time and comment on who won.  Here is how I would have voted if i had an award ballot.  My voting does not mesh exactly with the NHL voting since I listed only three nominees for the awards and in most cases the NHL awards have five votes.  Here are my comments made when the award nominees were announced. 

As for actual results, here are the voting results for most awards.  Missing from the list is the Masterton.  In the past, I have never been able to find Masterton voting (I do not think the NHL releases it), but nevertheless if you know a source for it please let me know in the comments.  Here are voting results for the first and second all star teams.

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