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The Islanders have acquired Edmonton’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by trading depth defenseman Allan Rourke and a 2008 third round pick to the Oilers. The Islanders now have two second round picks in what is expected to be a deep draft in June, 2008.
“Although it may seem a relatively small deal from a players’ standpoint, this is very good news for us,” said Islanders assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. “Next year is expected to be a stronger and deeper draft than the past few years. In this draft, you can never have enough early picks.”
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has named Brent Flahr as its director of hockey operations.
Flahr’s responsibilities include scouting operations, planning and day-to-day hockey administration. Flahr will also work closely with general manager Bryan Murray and assistant general manager Tim Murray on all daily departmental functions.
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Leafs Lunch reporting goaltender Kevin Weekes signs with New Jersey.
Updated 1:15pm ET:
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Intent on giving Martin Brodeur more rest in the upcoming season, the Devils have signed former Ranger Kevin Weekes to be Brodeur’s backup. Weekes did not play the last two months of the season after straining a quadriceps during practice in February. He played 14 games in 2006-07 with the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.39 goals-against average.
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The Calgary Flames announced Thursday the signing of defenceman Anders Eriksson to a two-year contract.
added 2:21pm, Pens also signed Christensen via TSN...
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Both Regehr and Iginla spoke Wednesday of the advantages of playing and living in this city. How they were deciding factors in them re-signing rather than waiting to play the open market.
To Kiprusoff, the intangibles may not be as persuasive.
Relative anonymity would seem to be something he craves, and can’t find here. This isn’t an athlete who requires constant ego-inflation, who plays the celebrity card, who strides into the glare of the spotlight and starts belting out Everything’s Coming Up Roses a la Ethel Merman.
According to the NHLPA site, Petr Prucha has signed for next season. Salary reported is $1.6M.
added 11:53am, 2yr deal worth $3.2M.
Former Buffalo Sabre Daniel Briere says he has no worries that the Buffalo Sabres will be a competitive team, even without him and co-captain Chris Drury, or forward Dainius Zubrus, all three lost to free agency.
“I think they still have a very good team. Obviously, there are two big parts that will be leaving, and another one with Dainius Zubrus I should say three of them, but you know what? there’s so much depth upfront on the team, and that’s why they decided to go with youth.,” Briere said, in an early morning airport interview Thursday with John Zach & Susan Rose, on Buffalo’s Early News.
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from the Vancouver Sun,
“I was surprised to hear Ohlund got operated on after the season,” Roberto Luongo said. “What was it? A sports hernia? I didn’t even know he was hurt. That shows you how tough he is.”
Ohlund, modest to a fault, explained Wednesday in an interview from Sweden that his condition wasn’t a dire one and didn’t require treatment on a regular basis.
“The injury wasn’t a big deal,” Ohlund insisted. “It was bugging me at times, it was more of an achy feeling, but it didn’t really bother me in games once I got warmed up. I could have probably gone on for another year, but we thought it was a good time now to get it done and get it over with.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If Vesa Toskala turns out to be the same type of steal from the San Jose Sharks that Miikka Kiprusoff was for the Calgary Flames, JFJ will have cemented himself atop the Maple Leaf hockey pyramid for a long time.
If he’s horribly wrong, well, there will be no Ferguson defenders left.
Yep, goaltending is back to meaning that much again in the NHL after a year in which the Bettman administration flirted with entertaining the fans with offence. These people don’t understand that when the game has goals and excitement there’s a lot less complaining about schedules, head shots and attendance, but maybe they like life on the griddle better.
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