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Draft Views

Congrats to the NHL for the speed of the 1st round of the draft. No 15 minutes of "on the clock" wasted time. Also, the TSN broadcast crew has provided great bits and Bob McKenzie has been pretty dead on with his picks. Remember to check out Phil Coffey's blogging from the draft. Keeping us up-to-date on the whole scene in Ottawa.

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2005 NHL Entry Draft

Sporstnet has a great draft board. They will be supplying stats and the Red Line report on each person drafted. A good source for all the information you may be seeking.

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More Leipold

from the Journal Times,

"I like the cap,'' Leipold said. "That was very important. Last year, there were five teams that had payrolls of $50 million more than the Nashville Predators. Fifty million dollars. "Next year, it's our goal to be at the midpoint. That means next year those (high-end) teams will be only $8 million more than us. I love that. Now we can compete with every market.'' Another key aspect to the new collective bargaining agreement is revenue sharing. And that, again, will benefit small-market teams like Leipold's Predators. Leipold said probably 10 NHL small-market teams will receive about $8 million from the big-market teams. "That's money we didn't have access to previously,'' Leipold said. "That gives us the ability to get to the midpoint and compete against big-market teams.'' Leipold contends the NHL's collective bargaining agreement will serve as a model for some other pro sports leagues. "I honestly believe we just did every major sport a gigantic favor,'' Leipold said. "Football is fine; they're making money. They have a huge TV contract. "But I think the NBA, and certainly Major League Baseball, will look at the system that we have just put into place and I would think they would like to use it when they negotiate their next CBA.''

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Why the Lack of Buyouts

from Canada.com,

It was a chance for teams to purge themselves of high-priced flab, but when general managers stood on the scales at 5 p.m. ET yesterday, their weight stayed pretty much the same. Toronto, Ottawa, St. Louis and countless others found it safer to do nothing this week, rather than exercise a one-time option to buy out the contracts of their most expensive players. "First of all, I don't think any of us knew what to expect," said New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello. "In saying that, when you think about it, I'm not totally surprised because people still have to put teams on the ice. You just can't start buying out players and start all over again.

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Open for Business

from the Toronto Star,

In the almost two weeks since the new collective bargaining agreement was reached, everyone in the hockey world has been scrambling to make sense of their new world order. It has been a fever pitch, one that will become even more frenetic in less than 48 hours when the biggest bonanza of unrestricted free agents hits the market. Hundreds of players without contracts — some bought out, some not receiving qualifying offers — will be looking for work and the teams that are hiring find themselves in a buyer's market with a new CBA that limits how much they can spend. Oh, and have we mentioned that the season opens in a little more than two months?

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Ducks Want to Deal

from Bruce Garrioch and the Ottawa Sun,

Brian Burke knows all about being a last-minute dealer. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks GM could be the busiest guy on the floor when the 30 NHL teams gather for the annual entry draft today at the Westin Hotel. There's no mystery about the No. 1 pick -- the Pittsburgh Penguins will announce phenom Sidney Crosby's name shortly after noon today. But Burke was on his cellphone yesterday trying hard to wheel and deal the No. 2 selection he holds. "I've made two big deals at the draft before and they both happened on the floor," said Burke, the former Vancouver Canucks GM. Sources say Burke has plenty of irons in the fire, with teams trying to move up in the draft so they can select Team USA defenceman Jack Johnson after Crosby is handed his Penguins sweater by owner Mario Lemieux.

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Bertuzzii will Learn his Fate

from the CP,

Todd Bertuzzi will finally learn his fate. The NHL will announce its ruling next week on when the Vancouver Canucks forward can resume league play, a source requesting anonymity told The Canadian Press on Friday
Rumors have surfaced in the past week that Bertuzzi may be suspended for another 10-20 games.

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Blogging from Ottawa

Phil Coffey of NHL.com is providing some insightful information from the NHL Draft in Ottawa. Many of you may know Phil as a writer at NHL.com, and now he is well on his way to becoming a well know blogger. His style is very entertaining and refreshing. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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NHL’s Most Wanted

from Spector of Fox Sports,

Heading into the draft weekend and the start of what will be the busiest unrestricted free-agent market in NHL history, here's a look at some of the players who should attract the most attention in the coming days:

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Can Crosby Handle It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Let's start from this simple premise: Sidney Crosby cannot possibly be as good as people expect him to be. How could he? If NASA and IBM joined forces and took the heart of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, the hockey mind of Wayne Gretzky, the leadership qualities of Mark Messier and Mike Bossy's shot and created their own super-player, such a creation would still fail to meet the expectations heaped on the slender shoulders of the 17-year-old Canadian.

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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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