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Video- The Best From Day 2 Of The NHL Draft

Just south of 4 1/2 minutes long.


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Video- The New York Islanders Had Two Good Days At The NHL Draft

Just ask the GM.


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Afternoon Line- Liam Kirk

"I have to admit it was very emotional and a bit overwhelming when I first heard, it was probably one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. Even when it got to the seventh round and I hadn’t been picked I was getting a bit more nervous and anxious. "But, when it finally happened, it was amazing. I don’t really care what round it came in or which pick it was, I just wanted to be drafted and now it’s all about what I do after the draft."

- Liam Kirk, a 7th round pick by the Arizona Coyotes and the first English-born and trained player to be drafted.  More from Phil Harrison of the Yorkshire Post.

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Colorado Avalanche Announce Three-Year Contract For Philipp Grubauer

DALLAS – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 season. Colorado acquired the 26-year-old netminder in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

"He just won a Stanley Cup. He's a winner, and that's always important. He knows what it takes," said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Joe Sakic following Friday’s trade. "He was just in a dressing room that went through a grind. You don't win a Stanley Cup if you're not part of a close team that believes and knows how to win in the playoffs. And he had a huge part in getting them into the playoffs. He's had two really good years in a backup role, and we all feel he's ready to take the next step and become a No. 1. We're excited to have two No. 1 goalies."

Grubauer appeared in 35 regular-season games for the Stanley Cup champion Capitals, posting a 15-10-3 record while leading the team in goals-against average (2.35), save percentage (.923) and shutouts (3).   Grubauer’s 35 games and 15 wins were career highs, while his three shutouts tied a personal best from 2016-17.   He led all NHL goaltenders in both goals-against average (1.93) and save percentage (.937%) from Nov. 24 until the end of the season (min. 20 games).  The 6-foot-1, 191-pound netminder went on to start Washington’s first two games of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (0-1-0, 4.57 GAA).

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Notes From The 2018 NHL Draft

DALLAS (June 23, 2018) – A total of 217 players from 14 countries and 29 leagues were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas, which concluded Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Following is a breakdown of draft picks by position, birth country and league:

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Calgary/Carolina Trade

added 1:49pm,


added 2:01pm,


added 2:12pm, Calgary and Carolina releases is below.

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The Latest On John Tavares

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Pat Brisson, agent for John Tavares, confirms that his client will use the UFA speaking period to chat with 5 teams

and I know this is obvious thing to say, but just like Steven Stamkos did two years ago, Tavares could still decide to re-sign with the Islanders after hearing out other teams. We'll see.

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Ilya Kovalchuk Will Sign With The Los Angeles Kings

from the Los Angeles Kings,

The LA Kings and forward Ilya Kovalchuk have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

"We are excited to add Ilya to the LA Kings organization. He gives us an added element of skill and scoring along with a desire to win. We will withhold further comment until July 1," said Blake.

The 35-year-old Kovalchuk (born April 15, 1983) is a 6-3, 230-pound native of Tver, Russia who appeared in 53 regular-season games this past season with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), recording 63 points (31-32=63), 26 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating.



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Quinn Hughes A Great Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, not typically prone to displays of ebullience, could barely contain his glee.

"I’m so happy and so excited for our fans that he was there because he’s a dynamic skater and can run a power play," Benning said. "With all the skilled forwards we have coming and our young goalies, this is really exciting. He’s such a skilled, exciting, dynamic player.

"He’s going to fit perfectly with the style of game we want to play because he can get back, get the puck and beat the first forechecker with speed. He can transition the puck up ice either by skating or making a good play. And he plays fast.

"Some luck came our way this year. We had a good day today."

The Canucks need a skilled, fast, offensive defenceman like the polar ice cap needs a cold spell. Vancouver’s last elite power-play quarterback was Paul Reinhart, who retired in 1990.


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Winners And Losers From Round 1 Of The NHL Draft

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Winner: New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. Owning the No. 11 and No. 12 picks in the draft, Lamoriello landed the second-best pure goal scorer in Oliver Wahlstrom and one of the top three available defenseman in Noah Dobson.

Loser: Fans. Several trades were expected and only one was transacted. This was projected to be an exciting draft, but the trade market was all talk and no action.

“That was kind of a boring first day or first round,” Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said. “It’s not typical for this day.”

Winner: Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland: With the No. 6 pick, the Red Wings landed Zadina, one of the most exciting offensive players in the draft. With the No. 30 pick, they landed Joe Veleno, a hard-working, high-character center who was projected to go much earlier.

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