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Talk Surrounding The Draft

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

• This weekend should also provide some drama on the Anaheim Ducks’ front. GM Bob Murray should know imminently whether defenseman Scott Niedermayer will return for at least one more kick at the can (the smart betting is he will). With Murray’s shrewd acquisitions of Ryan Whitney and James Wisniewski, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of room economically or ice-time-wise for veteran Chris Pronger, who has one more year left on his deal at $6.25 million and/or soon-to-be free agent Francois Beauchemin….

• Another guy bound to be in the middle of about a million rumors this weekend will be Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, whose young Kings took a big step forward last season by hanging around the playoff picture well into the second half. Lombardi is now on the hot seat to get the Kings into the playoffs for the first time since 2002….

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Taking Notice Of The NHL Draft

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

(Bob) McKenzie remembers when the NHL draft went glam. “That had to be 1984 when Mario (Lemieux) was the first choice and wouldn’t put on the Penguins jersey in front of the cameras,” says TSN’s veteran draftnik. “That was high drama. Then Montreal spirited Peter Svoboda out from under the stands in the Canadiens’ jersey, and the Habs fans at the Forum just went crazy. It really hasn’t been the same since.”

Okay, it wasn’t the “J-E-T-S” groupies losing their minds at the NFL draft, but for the sleepy NHL draft the 1984 Lemieux soap opera was a revelation.

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Do The Devils Have Enough Cap Room To Keep Gionta?

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brian Gionta wants to continue playing for the Devils, but he wonders whether the team will have enough cap space to keep him.

Gionta, who earned $4 million last season as part of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed in 2006, told me on Tuesday there has been no communication with general manager Lou Lamoriello. He becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“We have not touched base at all yet,” Gionta said. “I don’t think it’s surprising because of the cap situation this year. The cap isn’t set and no one knows where it’s going to go. Teams don’t know what they have to work with.

“The problem is the cap will be determined late this year.”

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Cheilos Looking East

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Chris Chelios said today he still wants to play and prefers going to an Eastern Conference team.

Read the AP story via Yahoo.

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Doubtful Lecavalier Gets Moved At The Draft

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via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Told today that it is unlikely that Vinny Lecavalier will be traded at the NHL draft. We can’t completely rule it out, but it’s not likely

added 1:57pm, Kevin has more on this at his Mucking and Grinding blog,

The natural conclusion is that it will be challenging to achieve a Lecavalier deal that both BArrie and Koules could sign off on.

  The other issue, which is even more important, is that the Lightning haven’t been impressed by any offers they have received for Lecavalier.

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Steve Yzerman Talks About Going Into The HHOF

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One Big Mess

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning offices are Yeehaw Junction, and the two leading yeehaws are so fouled up they needed to go to the principal’s office to figure out just who is in charge when it comes to team-related decisions. Yeah, a power struggle is just what the doctor ordered to send confidence right down your spine, isn’t it?...

Is this the beginning of the end?

I’m not against trading Vinny out of hand. Anyone can be traded. Hey, Wayne Gretzky was at very nearly the height of his Gretzky-ness. But the fear, the real fear, is that the Lightning, as run by Koules and Lawton, won’t get nearly what Vinny should command: a No. 1 defenseman, a scoring forward, assorted other players or prospects.

If you’re going to deal him, you better get the farm.

I’m not seeing it with these guys.

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Stoll Calls-Off The Wedding

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from the Daily Mail,

Model Rachel Hunter has been left devastated after her fiance Jarret Stoll cancelled their wedding just seven weeks before they were due to tie the knot.

Canadian hockey player Jarret, 27, suddenly called off their engagement by emailing guests informing them the August 14 nuptials were off.

Rod Stewart’s ex-wife, 39, has been left confused and heartbroken after Jarret failed to give her a reason behind the cancellation.

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Will Sutter Help Phaneuf Find His Game?

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Wanting to see what new head coach Brent Sutter can do for the Calgary Flames, excited fans can’t wait for the fall.

One Flame in particular will be an interesting study.

Being reunited with his Red Deer Rebels coach from his stellar days in the WHL, Sutter’s hiring might be the best thing to happen to Dion Phaneuf.

Preaching a ‘wolfpack’ mentality for his teams, Sutter hopes to instil a new level of leadership and accountability in the Flames locker-room.

Since exploding onto the NHL scene as a rookie under the guidance of Brent’s brother Darryl in his last year as both head coach and GM of the Flames, Dion has increasingly looked a little more like a lone wolf.

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Gretzky Remains Loyal To Phoenix

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from Rod Mickleburgh of the Globe and Mail,

In an interview yesterday with The Globe and Mail, Gretzky was asked about cost-cutting measures suggested by the suburb of Glendale, Ariz., where the Coyotes play their home games, to keep the team from moving.

Glendale’s austerity proposals include chopping Gretzky’s salary to $1.6-million and elimination of his 1-per-cent slice of club revenue.

Gretzky said he came to Phoenix 10 years ago to start something.

“And I love the city. ... It’s a great sports town. Whatever is going to make it work for the city of Phoenix, I’m 100 per cent behind it.”

Pressed as to whether that meant he was willing to look at a pay reduction, as suggested by Glendale officials, Gretzky replied: “Yeah.”

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