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Rolston Contract Negotiations Update

Now that the draft is over, get ready for more of these types of reports…

from Russo’s Rants,

Negotiations with the Wild’s Brian Rolston is at a sensitive juncture.

The Wild has grown frustrated with Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett. GM Doug Risebrough says the Wild has not received a single counteroffer from Bartlett.

Talks are in such danger of halting, the Wild has begun to receive and weigh offers from teams for the right to negotiate exclusively with Rolston, who can become a free agent July 1.

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Drafted From Around the World

From the Canadian Press,

Smiles were the order of the day as NHL teams went through the final 181 picks in about the same time it took them to make the first 30 a night earlier.

It was a good draft overall for Canadian players as 119 players were selected - the most since 2004. Americans were next with 46 selections followed by 17 Swedes, nine Russians and seven Finns.

read on for an overview and quotes from Saturday’s rounds 2-7

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Trashing Olli

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

The word was out about Olli Jokinen. And it wasn’t good.

One league executive, who team was rumored to be among those pursuing Jokinen, called the former Panthers center “a dog” late Friday night and said any talk of sincere interest on the part of his team was “a plant.”

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  Tags: olli+jokinen, trade+rumors

Hossa to Test Free Agency

From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Marian Hossa has declined an offer to sign a long-term deal with the Penguins and will test free agency.

General manager Ray Shero said today after the NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place that Hossa, a star right wing acquired Feb. 26, will offer his services to other teams as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

continued…

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  Tags: free+agency, marian+hossa, ray+shero

Thoughts From the Draft: Day 2

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

By Erin Nicks

Those concerned about Ottawa picking up some grit in this year’s draft will need to dig deep into Round 5, when the club (after much apparent hemming and hawing) selected defenceman Mark Borowiecki with the 139th pick.

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  Tags: derek+stepan, erin+nicks, jared+staal, mark+borowiecki, nhl+entry+draft

Beach Ready To Move On

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We watched pretty closely and we’re almost positive that when Kyle Beach walked up to the podium shortly before 9 p.m. and pulled on a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, there were no horns sticking out of his head. Neither was there a pointy tail dragging behind him.

Not that you wouldn’t have fully expected to see either the way the 18-year-old from Kelowna, British Columbia, has been demonized in the weeks leading up to the draft. In an interview a few hours before he became the 11th overall selection in the 2008 draft, Beach admitted that in all of the 28 interviews he had, teams were much more interested in his head space than his foot speed.

continued

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  Tags: kyle+beach

The Latest Rumor Talk

from Spector,

Get the latest on Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Patrick Marleau, Brian Campbell and more.

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Career Comes To A Sudden Stop

from the Anchorage Daily News,

As a coveted young defenseman with pro potential, David Carle enhanced his burgeoning talent with poise and maturity beyond his years. Now, the 18-year-old from Anchorage is leaning on those same virtues to deal with the end of his hockey career.

Carle on Friday said he will no longer play the game after doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., diagnosed a heart condition that puts him at risk for sudden cardiac death if he exerts himself too strenuously.

continued

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  Tags: david+carle

OHL Dominates Round 1

from NHL.com,

On the first day of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the O came first, before the Q and the W—and we’re not just talking alphabetically.

Seven of the top 10 selections in Friday’s first round skated in the Ontario Hockey League last season, and in all, 11 of the 30 players selected in the first round came out of the OHL.

By comparison, nine skaters came from the Western Hockey League, including four straight from picks from No. 11 to No. 14. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League brought up the rear, as it did not have a single player selected in the first round.

continued and many more NHL bits from Friday night…

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The 2nd Day Of The 2008 NHL Draft

Watch the draft below, the show just started and/or follow the NHL Draft tracker for all of the picks.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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