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Sather Actually Talks

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Maybe this is the summer Glen Sather finally wises up.

He chatted with a small group of reporters between rounds of the NHL draft yesterday, a rare public appearance for the city’s most elusive general manager, and said what everyone who follows the Rangers has known since the lockout ended.

“We have to get younger, for a lot of reasons,” Sather said. “We have to make some room for some of these young guys.

“There are going to be opportunities.”

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Lawton Done Commenting On Lecavalier

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

Lawton, who has been consistent saying he has never shopped the four-time all-star center, said he did not field any calls about Lecavalier all weekend, and he ended the brief conversation with, “You know what? No more comments from me about Vinny. I’m leaving it alone.”

Though Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes said Saturday he had not spoken to Lawton, he welcomed the sentiment he has been trying to get out of Tampa Bay for a while.

“It takes a lot of pressure off in terms of the cloud of uncertainty that has been around Vinny,” Hughes said. “Now he can focus on the Tampa Bay Lightning, and restoring them to the quality team they should be in the league.”

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Breaking Down The Draft

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Bob Duff of the Windsor Star is also a contributor at NBC Sports and provides us with a team-by-team breakdown of the draft.  For example…

Anaheim Ducks
Once captain and defenseman Scott Niedermayer had told the team he’d be back next season, the Ducks moved Chris Pronger to Philadelphia for the No. 21 pick, which they then flipped to Columbus for No. 26. The Ducks used their own top pick, No. 15, in questionable fashion to grab Guelph (OHL) center Peter Holland, who has plenty of skill, but has shown a reluctance to play with grit and go into the dirty areas on the ice….

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“Cruder” Leafs On Their Way

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Ever since he was hired by the Leafs last December, Burke has made it his mission to make the team bigger, meaner and tougher. This weekend, he took a step towards that goal by ignoring skilled Europeans and selecting North Americans with equal parts of “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.”

“This won’t address our immediate need for size and toughness. We’ll do that later in the summer,” said Burke, who added that most of the drafted players are three to four years away from potentially playing in the NHL.

“But I think people should read into it that we are not just talking the talk about this. We’re going to be bigger and cruder.”

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Bad Time For Trades

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from the CP via the Sporting News,

It’s looking more and more like Heatley picked a bad time to demand a trade.

Murray was unable to find a deal that made sense and it’s not necessarily going to happen soon given that Heatley is owed $7.5 million in each of the next five seasons. Murray didn’t sound confident.

“There’ll be a little further discussions,” Murray said. “I don’t know how much. We’re certainly going to, I guess, attempt to accommodate (his request). ...

“I would think we’ll have a little further discussions and see what happens.”

That’s the same game plan Brian Burke has elected to take with Kaberle. He’s only going to move the smooth-skating defenseman if someone “blows his doors off” in the coming few weeks.

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Report Surfaces Kovalev Will Remain In Montreal

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via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,

RDS reports that russian newspaper Soviet Sport says Alex Kovalev has already met with the Molson brothers, the new owners of the Canadiens, and new head coach Jacques Martin.

According to the newspaper, they have assured him he would be back with the Canadiens next season.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Entry Draft Notes

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MONTREAL (June 27, 2009)—The 2009 NHL Entry Draft concluded this afternoon with a total of 210 players selected from 11 countries. Following is a breakdown of 2009 Entry Draft selections by birthplace:

Canada         102
United States   55
Sweden         24
Finland       10
Russia         7
Slovakia       5
Czech Republic   3
Belarus       1
Denmark       1
Germany       1
United Kingdom   1
Total         210

TRANSACTIONS SUMMARY FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 27

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Teams Interested In Hossa

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Detroit Red Wings got a query or two this weekend from other teams looking to acquire the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent forward Marian Hossa.

“Yeah, I have been approached about acquiring his rights,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Saturday as the NHL draft wrapped up.

But for now, the answer is no as Holland keeps trying to re-sign the star winger.

“But obviously if it appears that we can’t get anything done in the next 48 hours, then ... you’d rather get something than nothing,” said Holland. “So right now, I’m just in a holding pattern.”

read on for more Wings and other NHL teams too…

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Now The Fun Starts

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With the draft completed, we now look forward to teams trying to sign their own UFAs and all the chatter that comes ahead of July 1st.

It is an exciting time for hockey fans and we here at KK will be providing you with the latest hockey news.

Thanks to Erin, Patrick and SENSHobo for providing live coverage from Montreal and to Alanah for all her work at KK yesterday.

Remember to check back often, you never know when news will break!

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Now Comes The Hard Part - Signing Bouwmeester

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Sutter will have to knock the socks off Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, to keep him from exploring free agency on July 1, the course of action the pair has planned all along. That means something like a decade-long deal with an average cap hit somewhere in the $6.5-$7 million range. That’s a hefty chunk of change in and of itself, but even more problematic considering what looks to be a tight cap situation in Calgary.

It appears as though the Flames will have at least $9.3 million coming off the cap on July 1 when the contracts of Adrian Aucoin ($4 million), Mike Cammalleri ($3.35 million) and Todd Bertuzzi ($1.95 million) expire. That creates enough room for Bouwmeester, but creates several other holes, especially up front where the Flames have just four legitimate top-six forwards…

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added 1:12pm, Calgary clears some cap room by trading Vandermeer to Phoenix for Prust.  Trade clears almost $2M in cap space.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

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