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Take Notice Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Paul Holmgren knows he gave up a lot. To get Chris Pronger from Anaheim, Philadelphia surrendered promising young defenseman Luca Sbisa, Joffrey Lupul, two first-round picks and a third round pick.

“Ask me a year from now, a couple years from now if it was worth that,” Holmgren said here at the draft in Montreal.

But in acquiring Pronger, he served notice to the Pittsburgh Penguins that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s days of roaming free in front of Philadelphia goalies are over. In Pronger, they now have that nasty defenseman who will make it miserable on the Penguins and everybody else the Flyers play next season. Holmgren wouldn’t call him the missing piece, but his style of play was certainly something the Flyers didn’t have. Now they do.

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Reinsdorf Bids $148M For Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The AP via the Washington Post notes Jerry Reinsdorf has offered $148 million to purchase the Coyotes and keep them in Arizona.

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The Feel At The Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are blogging for KK live from the draft.

We will be adding their comments to this post throughout the night.

added 11:38pm, from Erin,

We’re winding down here for the night, with a good portion of the crowd hitting the doors after the Habs made their pick for LeBlanc. 

After all the initial speculation regarding potential movement within the top spots, there weren’t a lot of surprises, with Tavares, Hedman and Duchene going in the top 3 respectively. 

The biggest splash thus far appears to be the Pronger-to-Philly deal.  Behind-the-scenes reaction from the media seems to be that the Flyers overpaid for the bruising blueliner.  TSN’s Darren Dreger has reported via Twitter that Pronger may be asking for a 5-year extensions worth $6-million (all terms US) or more.

added 10:11pm, from Patrick,

Though the crowd and the energy both are fading inside the Bell Centre, Hometown superstar Roberto Luongo represented Vancouver at the podium and drew cheers from the local faithful.

added 10:03pm, from Patrick,

Louis Leblanc is the first French-Canadian player taken in the first round by the Canadiens since Eric Chouinard in 1998.

added 9:57pm, from Erin,

The 300 level of the Bell Centre is hopping tonight, with worthy reactions for nearly every event.  If GM Bob Gainey picks up the phone, sections cheer wildly and chant his name.  And when New York Islanders owner Charles Wang made an appearance, calls of “Petit Wang” were heard more than once.  These things happen when a crowd is well-lubricated, and the beer continues to flow quickly high above us.

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NHL Draft: First Round Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The NHL Draft is set to start momentarily. We’ll be posting the picks live on this post, through the first round. (Other developing news will be provided on separate posts, though.)

Ready, set, DRAFT!

1. New York Islanders: John Tavares (video with NHL.com)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman
3. Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene
4. Atlanta Thrashers: Evander Kane
5. Los Angeles Kings: Brayden Schenn

(Note: A pick trade—#16 and #77 for #26, #37, 62 and #92—between Columbus Blue Jackets and the NYI.)

6. Phoenix Coyotes:  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
7. Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri
8. Dallas Stars: Scott Glennie
9. Ottawa Senators: Jared Cowen
10. Edmonton Oilers: Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson
11. Nashville Predators: Ryan Ellis

(Note: A pick trade—Minnesota Wild trades #12 to NYI for #16, #77, #182.)

12. New York Islanders: Calvin DeHaan
13. Buffalo Sabres: Zack Kassian
14. Florida Panthers: Dmitry Kulikov
15. Anaheim Ducks: Peter Holland
16. Minnesota Wild:  Nick Leddy
17. St. Louis Blues: David Rundblad
18. Montreal Canadiens: Louis Leblanc
19. New York Rangers: Chris Kreider

(Note: A pick trade—Calgary trades #20 for #23 and #84 from New Jersey Devils.)

20. New Jersey Devils: Jacob Josefson

Jordan Schroeder

21. Columbus Blue Jackets: John Moore
22. Vancouver Canucks: Jordan Schroeder
23. Calgary Flames: Tim Erixon
24. Washington Capitals: Marcus Johansson
25. Boston Bruins: Jordan Caron
26. Anaheim Ducks: Kyle Palmieri
27. Carolina Hurricanes: Philippe Paradis
28. Chicago Blackhawks: Dylan Olsen

(Note: A pick trade—Detroit trades #29 for #32 and #75 from Tampa.)

29. Tampa Bay Lightning: Carter Ashton
30. Pittsburgh Penguins: Simon Despres

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*original post time 7:02pm et

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Ducks/Flyers Work Out a Pronger Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Ducks and Flyers in serious discussion over Chris Pronger.

added 7:09pm, via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenceman Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers.

no mention of any names yet, but check the link soon…

Update 7:16pm: From Patrick Williams at the Draft for Kukla’s Korner today—

Also, there is talk circulating that Philadelphia’s Joffrey Lupul is heading back to Anaheim. It is not known whether Pronger and Lupul are part of separate deals, however.

added 7:22pm, From Erin Nicks at the Draft for KK,

Risers chattering excitedly about the Pronger-to-Philly trade.  Questions abound about how he will get along with notorious loose cannon Ray Emery, and whether we’re on our way to seeing the Broad Street Bullies, v. 2.0.

 

added 7:35pm, Anaheim gets Lupul, Sbisa and 2 firsts.

*original post time 6:36 ET

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Bouwmeester’s Rights “Untradeable”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond:

The newest rumor I am hearing is that Jay Bouwmeester has become all but untradeable, his agent again telling prospective employers that Jay will not sign with anyone until he hits the open market on July 1.

This is a scenario I have spelled out numerous times, both here and on various radio shows. Honestly, if Jay isn’t going to sign until July 1, what worth do his exclusive negotiating rights have?

We may find that out soon enough.

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Latest “Scuttlebutt” on the Top-3

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo (of Minnesota’s Star-Tribune ) Twitter feed:

Scuttlebutt is Duchene goes 1 to Isles, meaning Hedman goes 2 to Tampa and the Colorado Avalanche - rivals Avs - luck into Tavares at 3

added 6:12pm (Paul), from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The Islanders will ignore the pleas from the majority of their fan base and bypass center John Tavares in favor of Brampton center Matt Duchene in tonight’s NHL Draft, according to sources familiar with the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the No. 3 pick in the draft.

A well-informed NHL source also told Newsday the Islanders received what was described as a “significant offer” for the No. 1 pick, but general manager Garth Snow turned it down. The team making the offer was not identified.

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Report- Niedermayer Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

sources tell TSN Scott Niedermayer is returning for at least another season

added 7:56pm,

Scott Niedermayer informed Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray this evening that he intends to play for the Ducks next season. The club hopes to sign Niedermayer to a new contract in the near future.

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Oilers Like Harding

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

With their goaltending situation in flux, the Edmonton Oilers are intrigued about Minnesota Wild backup and Regina product Josh Harding if the price is right.

The Wild’s new general manager Chuck Fletcher lamented a shortage of draft picks when he got the job—they pick 12th and not again until 99th (in the fourth round)—but he’s looking more for instant help up front. The Oilers have some young forwards but would they deal one of them for a young goalie in Harding who had a sterling junior resume but has played in only 59 NHL games. The Oilers are one of the half-dozen teams Fletcher has sounded out.

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TSN Rumor: Kaberle to Boston—UPDATED

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A rumor from earlier today continues.  From Darren Dreger’s Twitter feed:

Kaberle to Boston? Bob McKenzie will have a video update shortly on www.tsn.ca.

added 5:32pm, via TSN,

In the latest video update from Montreal, Bob McKenzie says he would be shocked if Tomas Kaberle was not a Boston Bruin by the end of the night.

Update 5:55pm ET: From TSN

It appears the potential trade involving the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs is at the very least on hold and quite possibly dead.

TSN reported this morning that the Bruins had offered Phil Kessel in exchange for Tomas Kaberle and Toronto’s No. 7 overall pick in today’s draft.

It was later reported that the Leafs No. 7 pick was not included in the deal and Boston was in fact adding a significant pick in the package.

It turns out there was apparently major miscommunication between the two teams. Boston did indeed believe they were getting the No. 7 pick from the Leafs but Toronto is apparently not interested in making that move.

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