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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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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

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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  Tags: josh+harding

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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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Bolts Willing To Move Their #2 Pick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

If the price is right, Tampa Bay will deal its No. 2 pick in Friday’s NHL Entry Draft. Lightning GM Brian Lawton said Friday that he is willing to make the deal, but he won’t unless he gets something good in return.

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You’re Not In PEI Anymore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

After being stuck in a two-hour traffic jam coming into Montreal following an 1100 km drive from Prince Edward Island to Montreal’s outskirts, scrambling for a decent internet connection in my room, and being unable to hook up with my friends from the Face Off Hockey Show (FOHS) for supper, getting stuck in a monsoon on Rene Levesque Blvd was icing on the cake.

Looking like I’d been just rescued from the St. Lawrence River, I squished into the lobby of my hotel, and in response to the horrified look of the receptionist said, “Ever had one of those days?” At least she laughed, hopefully good-naturedly.

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Burke Getting Heckled

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Arthur Staple of In the Crease at Newsday,

The Leafs GM is already in the Bell Centre, along with a few hundred fans who are heckling the snot out of Burke. This is not Leafs country.

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  Tags: brian+burke

Clemmensen Wants More Playing Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Clemmensen said that he expects to talk to general manager Lou Lamoriello before he becomes a free agent. He said the two have tried to have a sitdown since the season ended, but their timing and travels have prevented it.

“We’ve been meaning to get together to talk about things,” said Clemmensen, who had to skip his end-of-season sitdown with Lamoriello when he was called off to join Team USA at the World Championships in Switzerland. “I expect we will talk. It just hasn’t happened, yet.”

Clemmensen, who will turn 32 on July 23, said a return to the Devils is still a possibility. It sounds like the odds are against it, though.

“I haven’t ruled out going back ot the Devils,” he said. “It’s just going to depend on a lot of things.”

Clemmensen said his top priority is playing time.

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  Tags: scott+clemmensen

How The Flyers Can Get Bouwmeester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Despite months of preparation and countless mock drafts, the Flyers may very well steal the show tonight by landing the rights to Bouwmeester, a smooth-skating, hard-hitting defenseman who has identified the Flyers as one of six teams he would play for next season.

The only way for the Flyers to fit Bouwmeester’s projected $7 million salary under the cap is for Holmgren to include one of their defensemen—perhaps Matt Carle and his $3.4 million cap hit—in a deal with the Panthers or another NHL team. The Flyers are also top-heavy at the forward position, where the cap numbers for Daniel Briere ($6.5 million), Simon Gagne ($5.25 million) and Joffrey Lupul ($4.25 million) have become restrictive.

If Holmgren is confident Bouwmeester wants to play in Philadelphia, he might wait until July 1 to sign him and work out a subsequent trade to shed salary, much the way Bob Clarke did in 2005, when he signed Peter Forsberg, then traded Jeremy Roenick for future considerations.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Your 2009-10 SC Champs- The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement of NBC Sports,

There’s a lot still to play out in free agency, but my early-line pick to win it all is the Capitals. Let’s look at them, and some other teams that should challenge the Penguins for NHL supremacy.

Capitals
The track the Capitals are on is similar to the one taken by the Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Washington, however, is maybe a year behind the Penguins’ progression so next season could be something very special for the Capitals. Washington took a big step last season in learning how to win in the playoffs. That puts the Capitals in terrific position to capture the Stanley Cup next season.

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