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Talking Hossa

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Holland met with Ritch Winter, agent for Hossa, the last two days in Montreal.

The two discussed possible deals, but probably not as high as Winter would hope.

“I think he (Winter) was hoping for something higher,” Holland said. “I told him this was as high as I could go before I had to start dismantling (the roster).”

Holland and Winter are expected to continue discussions throughout the weekend in Montreal, where the draft concludes today.

The Wings are offering Hossa a lengthy contract, maybe as much as eight to 10 years, at an average of $4 million to $5 million.


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Rounds 2-7 Today

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Want to know who was taken in the NHL Entry Draft today?  May I point you to the TSN Draft Tracker and The Hockey News pick-by-pick tracker.  Draft starts at 10:00am ET today and can be seen on the NHL Network.

If stories come out of the draft, I will be around all day and of course, informing KK readers about all the talk.

added 10:04am, Watch NHL Network streamed below…

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Flyers Get Their Hammer

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from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

“I made it sort of clear [and the end of the season] I would like to get a hammer, a guy who makes life miserable for the other team. This is one of those guys,” said the general manager. “I think we’ve made some strides in terms of revamping our defense over the last few years. You put Chris in our mix, and it makes our defense a good group.”

Pronger, who admitted he was not shocked at the trade, also thinks he will fit in perfectly with his new team.

“The style of the play that the Flyers have been known to play certainly fits my game,” he said via conference call. “They’ve got some great young talent and I hope to help not only develop the team into being one of the top teams in the league, but winning a Stanley Cup. I think that’s why we all play the game, is to win, and certainly the Stanley Cup is the pinnacle for our sport.”


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You Have To Wonder

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears the Devils might have received some compensation for Brent Sutter anyway.

The Devils made a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up three spots and select Swedish center Jacob Josefson with the 20th pick overall in the NHL Entry Draft tonight in Montreal….

The Devils were not entitled to compensation from the Flames for signing Sutter, who still had one year left on his contract when he resigned on June 9. So, was it just a coicidence that the Devils made the trade with Calgary only three days after the Flames hired Sutter?

“Total coincidence,” Lamoriello said.

more on the draft pick…

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A Lot Of Talk, Not Much Action

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from Spector’s Hockey,

After weeks of speculation leading up to the first round of the NHL entry draft there were almost no trades of note other than the Pronger to Philadelphia deal. So what happened? Could there be more trades during Day Two of the draft?...

Larry Brooks also reports the Senators asking price was “delusional”, noting the Rangers won’t part with Staal. Brooks also reported contrary to reports out of Toronto the Rangers and Maple Leafs didn’t discuss Wade Redden. The Maple Leafs are among eight teams on Redden’s “no-trade” list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There are 4 million reasons why the Senators won’t trade Heatley prior to July 1st and that’s the bonus he’s due on that date.

Pat Hickey reports Canadiens GM Bob Gainey is preaching patience to Habs fans as he continues his search for a big first line center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Lecavalier isn’t dealt to Montreal, or elsewhere, by the end of this weekend, he won’t be dealt at all in my opinion.


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Chicago Had Interest In Pronger

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from Tim Sassone of Between

The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, “We talked and the price was a little too stiff for us to pay,” Tallon said. “It would have been some good prospects and some players off our roster. We weren’t willing to overpay for him. We like him and he’s a great player, but we want to make a commitment to our core players.”

That’s fine, but then Tallon said, “Philadelphia obviously feels they’re close.”

Wait a second. Aren’t the Hawks close too? The rebuilding is over. This is a 104-point team that went to the West finals and the goal should be winning a Stanley Cup next season because nobody knows what the shelf life of this group will be. Even if it might have cost two No. 1 picks and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson and another prospect, missing out on Pronger was not a good start to the off-season.


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Sakic Knows What His Plans Are

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has made up his mind what he’ll do next season. But whether the Avalanche captain has decided to retire or play a 21st NHL season remains a mystery.

Avs general manager Greg Sherman said Friday night he met with Sakic recently in Denver and received word from him what his plans are. But Sherman would not say what they are, and said it could be a week or more before a public announcement is made.

The team said Sakic, who turns 40 on July 7, is going on a family vacation, and nothing will be announced until at least after he returns.

“He made his intentions clear, and in the coming weeks it will be addressed,” Sherman said.


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First Rounders Talk

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NHL.com has posted interviews with every first round pick.  Below is the John Tavares interview and follow the link for the rest.

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What To Do With Kessel

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Kessel remains Boston property, subject to his restricted free agent rights, and nothing that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said yesterday made it sound as if Kessel’s situation is going to change soon.

“I think you’ll see us progress over the summer at a slower pace,’’ said Chiarelli, taking an afternoon break from his team meetings just up the street from the Bell Centre, where tonight’s draft will be held.

Slower, in terms of Kessel, could mean more dangerous, too, because next Wednesday, when leaguewide free agency kicks off, any of the other 29 teams can sign Kessel to an offer sheet. The Bruins then would have their choice of matching the offer or letting Kessel go for draft picks (level of compensation to be determined by his new salary).

For the record, Chiarelli has said he will match any offer to Kessel, and he might - to a point.

read on

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The First Round Talk

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It was a great night for John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Friday night.

It was great for the team with the way they unveiled everything. And it was great for Tavares - the most heavily scouted player in the history of the modern day NHL draft.

It was also a memorable night for the Canadian development system. Canadian players were in four of the top five selections in the order, seven of the first 10 and 17 of the first 30.


Damien Cox of the Toronto Star give his views on the first round of the NHL Entry Draft…

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