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While We Wait For The Draft To Start

Why not enjoy the highlights from the Stanley Cup Finals, Wings vs. Penguins.

Watch below and sorry to say Hulu is still only allowing IPs from the States to view their videos.  Hopefully that will change by next season.

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Court Acquits Mark LaFleur

from the Montreal Gazette,

A Quebec Court Judge acquitted the son of hockey legend Guy Lafleur this morning on two counts of sexual assault.

Calling Mark Lafleur, 23, a junkie whose testimony wasn’t credible, Judge Serge Boisvert said there just wasn’t enough proof to convict him.

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KK Interview with Drew Doughty

imageGuest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.

By Erin Nicks

Blue-chip defenceman Drew Doughty wants to jump immediately into the NHL with both feet—and many think he’s capable of doing so.  After a conversation with him yesterday, you get a pretty clear idea of where he’s hoping to land.

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Morning Line

What’s the NHL Draft all about for the players?  James Duthie asks Steve Stamkos in the Ottawa Citizen:

“Having everyone here to watch is what makes it special.  Your family, your coaches, your friends, I think it’s a moment where they all realize the influence they’ve had on your life. That they’ve been a big part of your success.”

Duthie notes that there have been about 1,300 tickets allotted for families and friends at this draft… which is far short of the 3,000 requests.

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Meet the Press: Patrick Williams

Today is the opening of the NHL Entry Draft, and Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the event in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner. Earlier this week we asked Erin a few questions about her life and love of hockey, and today it’s Patrick’s turn. 

Patrick is the ideal journalist to cover the NHL’s draft weekend, given how much time he spends with and writing about the up-and-coming stars.  His beat is the American Hockey League—writing for the likes of Slam! Sports and The Hockey News, among others—and so he’ll be seeing a lot of some of these draft picks in the coming years as they rise into the AHL and beyond.

Patrick, what is the main difference between working in the media in the NHL and AHL?
Everything in the NHL is a lot more tense, and the egos (and not simply those belonging to the players) are decidedly larger.

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Preds Sign Ellis, Trade Mason

from the Nashville Predators,

The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.

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Patrick Kane & Jonathan Toews Thank The Fans

Pretty funny vid, watch below…

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Rangers UFAs Go Free

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Thus, barring an unexpected preemptive strike via a trade, the Blueshirts will enter the free agency market with a skeleton roster, absent first- and second-line wingers and a No. 1, first-pair defenseman, and with Jaromir Jagr Jaromir Jagr , Sean Avery, Martin Straka, Brendan Shanahan and Michal Rozsival all free to solicit offers.

The GM has not made a post-season offer to any of the aforementioned athletes. And while Sather most certainly will check in with Jagr - who has heard sounds of silence loudly and clearly - and with Shanahan, it appears increasingly likely Avery will not be invited to return and that the team will seek to replace Rozsival.

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The Stanley Cup Champions Plan Their Draft

from Snapshots at Mlive,

...the Detroit Red Wings’ much-heralded scouts will attempt to assess the potential of six eighteen-year-old players, determining whether they can develop into professional hockey players when they’re 22, 23, or 24 years of age, and will make their picks at the end of each of the draft’s seven rounds (minus the 2nd round, as the Wings traded that pick to Los Angeles for Brad Stuart).

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Poile Thinking One Year At A Time

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators General Manager David Poile said he’s decided to renew his contract on an annual basis instead of signing any more multiyear deals, but it doesn’t mean he has other jobs in mind….

Poile said he doesn’t envision leaving the Predators but wants flexibility in case of unforeseen circumstances such as a change of ownership.

“I at least wouldn’t be tied into someone long term,’’ he said. “I’d rather be happy and motivated than in a situation where I wasn’t happy, or people were not happy with me.’‘

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