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from the Toronto Star,
Sometime after midnight tomorrow, after many NHL executives have already fled the draft floor at Vancouver's GM Place for hospitality suites or red-eye flights, the Carolina Hurricanes will announce the final, and 213th, pick in this year's entry draft. The name will mean little, even to many seasoned hockey observers; the odds that the newly-crowned Stanley Cup champs will unearth a gem are frightfully long. Instead Carolina will have more likely drafted a fire captain, a home inspector, a Zamboni driver or, even a future head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs — all jobs currently held by previous last overall draft picks.continued
from the OC Register,
"Creating a new identity for a team is a huge task," says Wagner, the Ducks' senior vice president and chief marketing officer who oversaw every step of the transformation. "This wasn't a change the team was doing to make money but rather to turn the page to start a new era." Almost everything but the players themselves on a team formerly known as The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would need to be overhauled: the name, logo, color scheme, uniforms, fan merchandise, club letterhead, the Web site, even the home team icon beneath the ice rink. Wagner knew the Samuelis were sensitive about letting everyone involved with the team have a voice. He became the man handing out microphones to fans, players, the NHL, the team executives, the uniform makers, merchandisers and the merchants.read on
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets have been the subject of a number of rumors, including two that involve goaltender Marc Denis and the Tampa Bay Lightning. One rumor had the Jackets trading Denis to Tampa Bay for winger Ruslan Fedotenko, goaltender John Grahame and a second-round pick. Another rumor had the Jackets trading Denis and the No. 6 overall pick to Tampa Bay for big winger Frederik Modin and the No. 15 overall pick. Or, something like that.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster is in the market for a goalie. There were whispers he could be close to acquiring Buffalo's Martin Biron There's a lot of talk the Canucks will try to move W Todd Bertuzzi this weekend. A good fit might be the Panthers and it just so happens Vancouver needs goaltending help (Luongo) Whispers out of Minnesota have the Wild trading RW Marian Gaborik to the Senators for Havlat. That would simply be two teams trading a contract negotiation problem.more
2005-2006 NHL First All-Star Team G Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames D Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks C Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks RW Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers LW Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 2005-2006 NHL Second All-Star Team G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils D Zdeno Chara, Ottawa Senators D Sergei Zubov, Dallas Stars C Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes RW Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators LW Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators
Norris Tropy- vote total (1st-5th place votes) 1. Nicklas Lidstrom, DET 1152 (91-28-8-2-0) 2. Scott Niedermayer, ANA 817 (29-57-16-15-3) 3. Sergei Zubov, DAL 464 (0-21-42-31-14) Lady Byng 1. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 669 (41-21-14-12-6) 2. Brad Richards, T.B. 442 (12-23-21-15-11) 3. Patrick Marleau, S.J. 356 (13-16-15-7-18) Calder 1. Alexander Ovechkin, WSH 1275 (124-5-0-0-0) 2. Sidney Crosby, PIT 831 (4-95-19-10-1) 3. Dion Phaneuf, CGY 580 (0-16-72-35-3) Hart 1. Joe Thornton, SJ 1058 (67-48-9-1-4) 2. Jaromir Jagr, NYR 974 (48-49-30-0-1) 3. Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY 561 (10-24-45-20-8) Selke 1. Rod Brind'Amour, CAR 954 (80-16-5-5-2) 2. Jere Lehtinen, DAL 567 (9-41-27-15-10) 3. Mike Fisher, OTT 179 (5-6-8-13-8) Vezina 1. Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY 140 (25-5-0) 2. Martin Brodeur, N.J. 48 (2-10-8) 3. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 41 (2-9-4) Jack Adams 1. Lindy Ruff, BUF 155 (20-15-10) 2. Peter Laviolette, CAR 154 (20-16-6) 3. Tom Renney, NYR 127 (13-18-8) All of the award winners via TSN...
from The Pilot,
The dream has been realized. The Hurricanes finally won its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. So now what? Let's hope the Hurricanes can really build off this momentum. And the opportunities to build the market for hockey in this state reach well beyond the Research Triangle. Judging from the comments I have received in the last two months, folks around here -- and not just hockey fans -- have taken note of the Canes. I love it when people call or e-mail me, or stop me on the sidewalk around town, at the grocery store and even while I am out running, to talk about the Hurricanes. I still get jazzed when I see vehicles around here with Hurricanes flags and stickers on them.... Maybe the tide has finally turned. Maybe hockey will take hold in Mayberry. We'll see when the new season opens in the fall. How many of these fans will be there on opening day? The memories of this amazing season will have faded for some.more
Ken Holland (in Vancouver) on Detroit radio at 5pm. Has had no talk with Keenan about the availability of Luongo. Said he has talked to Florida in the last 3-4 months, and told them if Luongo is going to be offered for trade, please make sure we are included in the talks. As far as Holland knows, Luongo is not being offered to anyone right now. Says his goal is still to sign Lidstrom, considers him the top defenseman in the league. Will meet with Nick and his agent this weekend and try to make some progress. Ken believes there will be lots of talk this weekend, his #1 priority is goaltending, but how much to spend or what direction they will go with a goalie is still up in the air. Holland mentioned Zetterberg is not going anywhere, Datsyuk and Kronwall are others who would be very difficult to trade. He would like to sit down with Datsyuk's agent in the near future and talk extension, since he is in the last year of the contract. Holland mentioned the rumor in Vancouver is Chara will sign with Ottawa. If the Wings sign Lidstrom, they would have no interest in him. Holland was asked about Bertuzzi, he mentioned he won't talk specific players, but if he goes out and signs a high priced player, he has to see how it would look down the road. If this player has three years left on his contract, he has to make sure it is a fit for the next three years, just not this year. Holland things the Wings are still close, knows he has to make a significant move, and they will be right there. Mentioned looking for size on defense and getting a little grit up-front. Holland was asked about an Osgood and Howard goalie tandem. He stated he would like to come out of camp with Howard at #3. Had a so-so playoffs, needs to work on some parts of his game. Wants Howard to compete for a job, if he beats someone out, Wings are then dealing with a strength position.
from Sports Illustrated,
Even though the league held its first Amateur Draft in 1963, it was not until 1969 that the best talent was available to all teams. (Before then, team-sponsored junior programs had locked up most of the top players.) Still, junior, high school and collegiate stardom does not always translate into success at the sport's highest level. Players, general managers and fans alike certainly understand this cold fact of hockey life. The players listed below certainly did not live up to the expectations of a No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick, earning their way onto this list of the Top 10 Draft Busts. 10. Doug Smith, C, Los Angeles Kings Selected: No. 2 overall, 1981 GM: George Maguire NHL stats: 535 games, 115 goals, 253 pointsread on for the rest...
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