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Rumors After The Draft

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- The Oilers are pushing buttons everywhere and have shown significant interest in Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin, who has a $4.166-million cap hit through 2020-21. Edmonton badly needs to solidify its defence and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be a nice fit for Minny.

- As reported Friday, several teams have called the Anaheim Ducks about 24-year-old defenceman Cam Fowler and it certainly sounds like he’s going to be on the move at some point or another. The Sabres have made a hard push for Fowler but they’re not alone because the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are also in need of blueliners. The asking price is a first-round pick and a prospect because Anaheim GM Bob Murray can’t afford to give the guy away. There’s a huge market for defencemen at the moment because so many teams are trying to get them. The Ducks need to free up the cap space so they can go out and get a rugged winger.


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Saturday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- How fast did the NHL react when Columbus mysteriously passed on highly-touted Jesse Puljujarvi on Friday night? “Phone started ringing immediately,” said Edmonton general manager, who got the best player in the draft last year in Connor McDavid and, according to some, may have gotten the best player again this year ... Ran into longtime European scout Goran Stubb walking to the draft Friday night. I asked him: “If you had first pick who would you choose?” His answer: “Puljujarvi.” Ahead of Auston Matthews? “You didn’t ask best centre, you asked best player.”

- So Ron MacLean is back in, George Stroumboulopoulos is out, and I’m hearing David Amber will be the late night host of Hockey Night In Canada this coming season.

- An NHL exec on the Oilers roster rather facetiously: “They’re going to have invent a new system where the D doesn’t touch the puck. That’s going to be a challenge.”

- Nice guy Keith Yandle was sheltered nicely in New York by coach Alain Vigneault. For him not to be a bust in Florida, Gerard Gallant is going to have to do the same. He’s a one-zone defenceman.

- Now that the Montreal Canadiens have Andrew Shaw along with Brendan Gallagher, what do the Habs expect: “We expect a lot of goals to be challenged by instant replay,” a Montreal executive said.

much more

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Paying The Price For Keith Yandle And Alex Goligoski

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Panthers and Coyotes could have waited until Saturday, the opening of the NHL’s interview period, to speak with Keith Yandle and Alex Goligoski. It would have cost them nothing to do so.

Instead, rookie GMs Tom Rowe and John Chayka took proactive measures to enter exclusive negotiating periods with both defensemen by acquiring their rights. Their respective trades (a 2016 sixth-rounder and a 2017 fourth-rounder for Yandle, a 2016 fifth-rounder for Goligoski) were worthwhile assets for the freedom to get their claws on their pursuits before their competitors.

Whether their contracts will be worthwhile is another story.

Yandle is laughing all the way to the bank after netting a seven-year, $44.45 million blockbuster. The Milton native will be 36 years old in the final season of his contract. While Yandle should be a good offensive defenseman for the win-now Panthers, his deal may not be so team-friendly closer to its conclusion....

But Yandle’s five-on-five performance cannot be qualified as dependable. Like others in his segment of puck-moving defenseman, he makes risky plays that blow up in his face. In five-on-five action in 2015-16, according to http://www.corsica.hockey Yandl,e averaged 0.99 points per 60 minutes of play, the second-lowest rate of his career. It’s debatable whether Yandle has the defensive chops to execute the grunt work for Gerard Gallant, who insists on defensive accountability. Yet the Panthers had no trouble giving Yandle a higher average annual value than Brent Burns.

Goligoski did not strike it as rich as Yandle. The ex-Star signed a five-year, $27.375 million deal with Arizona, where he will complement No. 1 defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. But it is a fair valuation for the consistent Goligoski, who can provide some of Yandle’s skills and amplify others, albeit with less flair. Goligoski scored five goals and 32 assists while averaging 23:50 of ice time last year, including 2:20 on the penalty kill and 1:57 on the power play.

more plus numerous other hockey topics....

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The Focus On Steven Stamkos

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So now what?

Well, it’s time for the suitors to make their intentions known.

"We're going to chase the big fish," Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray said in confirming his team’s long-rumored interest in Stamkos.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Saturday that teams are allowed to publicly talk about their interest in other teams' pending UFAs now that the speaking window has opened.

And the Sabres, well, yeah, they will be in full pursuit of Stamkos. But they expect big-time competition....

I asked Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland to confirm his long-rumored interest in Stamkos after the draft on Saturday -- which became even more realistic after shedding Pavel Datsyuk's cap hit in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday -- but he declined to talks about Stamkos, pointing out that he didn't see the merit in revealing his UFA game plan to the world.

Nevertheless, it's absolutely 100 percent guaranteed that the Red Wings will make an offer to Stamkos. The Vancouver Canucks and, of course, his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs are among the other potential suitors, and some other teams might surprise.

All of which must be so deflating to Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, who has maintained impressive decorum throughout this process but especially in the last few days, when he had to watch the UFA window open up for other teams without having Stamkos re-signed.

more plus topics like Kevin Shattenkirk, Cam Fowler and others...

I know the Stamkos talk will be one of the major topics in the next week and I assure you KK will not become SS during that time, I will be selective in the talk...

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Afternoon Line- Tim Murray On Evander Kane

“If it’s true, then we have to deal with it the way we have to deal with it. If it’s false again, then I guess we have to come up with a different plan of attack on how to make sure that these accusations that may not be true, how we stop them.”

-Timn Murray, GM of the Buffalo Sabres on the report of an Evander Kane incident at a Buffalo bar.  More from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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The New York Rangers Acquire Nick Holden From The Colorado Avalanche

NEW YORK, June 25, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Holden, 29, skated in 82 games with Colorado this past season, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado – and led Avalanche defensemen – in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado – and one of two Avalanche defensemen – who skated in all of the team’s 82 games in 2015-16.

The 6-4, 210-pounder has skated in 221 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2015-16) with Columbus and Colorado, registering 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, along with a plus-one rating and 74 penalty minutes. Holden established career-highs in goals (10), assists (15), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2013-14. In his three seasons with the Avalanche (2013-14 – 2015-16), he led Colorado defensemen in hits (491), and he ranked third among Colorado defensemen in goals (21), assists (40), and points (61).

The St. Albert, Alberta, native was originally signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2008.

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NHL Draft Notes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 25, 2016) – A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2016 NHL Draft, which concluded today at First Niagara Center.

Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:

Country # of Selections
Canada 89
United States 52
Sweden 25
Russia 17
Finland 14
Czech Republic 4
Denmark 3
Belgium 2
Switzerland 2
Belarus 1
Germany 1
Latvia 1
Total 211


The Flyers, with the 48th overall pick, selected the first goaltender of the 2016 NHL Draft (Carter Hart). It marked the latest it has taken for a goaltender to be selected at the NHL Draft since 1986 (60th overall – Shawn Simpson).

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Toronto/Columbus Trade

Another tweet from McKenzie,

The pick in TOR-CBJ is a conditional 5th. If Harrington is put on waivers by CBJ and gets claimed, CBJ gets a 5th. If he clears, no pick.

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Kings Announce Four-Year Extension For Trevor Lewis

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with forward Trevor Lewis on a four-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 29-year-old Lewis (born on Jan. 8, 1987) is a 6-1, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City, Utah who appeared in a career-high 75 regular-season games last season with the Kings. He registered 16 points (8-8=16) and 20 penalty minutes and was selected as the Kings Unsung Hero (voted by the players) for the fifth consecutive year. In five post-season games, Lewis registered two goals (2-0=2), tying for the team-lead.

A first-round (17th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Lewis has appeared in 424 regular-season games all with the Kings, posting 89 points (35-54=89) and 91 penalty minutes. Lewis was selected as the Kings Unsung Hero (voted by the players) for the fifth consecutive year. In 75 playoff games he has posted 23 points (11-12=23) and 16 penalty minutes.

added 2:22pm,


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The Los Angeles Kings Trade Nick Ebert To Dallas For Jack Campbell

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Jack Campbell from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Campbell, 24 (born Jan. 9, 1992), appeared in 19 regular-season games with the Texas Stars (AHL) last season, posting a 7-7-5 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .884 SV%. He played in three playoff games with Texas, registering a 1-2 record, a 4.45 GAA and a .880 SV%. Campbell appeared in 20 regular-season games last year with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) as well, posting a 14-5-1 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV%.

The 6-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Mich., Campbell made his NHL debut (only NHL appearance) in the 2013-14 season making 41 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has appeared in 122 regular-season games with Texas, posting a 56-43-10 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .908 SV% and nine shutouts. He was also a member of the 2013-14 Calder Cup Championship team. Campbell has made multiple appearances for Team USA, highlighted by two Gold Medals at the U18 World Junior Championships (2008-09 and 2009-10), a Gold Medal and a Bronze Medal at the U20 World Junior Championships (2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively) and a Bronze Medal at the 2014-15 World Championships.

Ebert, 22, has appeared in 89 regular-season AHL games (with Ontario and Manchester) posting 26 points (10-16=26), a plus-15 rating and 46 penalty minutes. He was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Kings in 2012 NHL Draft.

added 11:38am, Dallas release is below...

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