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Tomorrow kicks off the free agency period but Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is wasting no time between the Draft and the Open UFA market to start setting up for things to come.
Last night the Lightning was wheeling and dealing to free up cap space and managed to snag another pick in the 2015 draft which is to be stronger than the one we just watched in Philadelphia.
After the Tampa Bay Lightning sent Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers for Sam Gagner they flipped Gagner out to the Arizona Coyotes along with B.J. Crombeen for a 6th round pick in the 2015 draft. Gagner’s night was summed up beautifully by Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo on Twitter.
⛄️ -> �� -> �� @89SGagner— Strombone (@strombone1) June 30, 2014
Tampa was just getting started. Around midnight the Lightning would acquire both a fourth and a seventh round pick for the 2015 draft from the Anaheim Ducks while the Ducks would receive forward Nate Thompson in the deal. Yzerman collected an additional three picks for the Lightning in the next draft and off loaded cap space.
With the 3 trades tonight, TB saved $5,583,333 in cash and $5,650,000 in cap space; plus added a 4th, a 6th and a 7th round pick.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 30, 2014
Tomorrow the Free Agent Frenzy starts and Tampa looks to have a plan.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Canucks had been targeting the Ducks’ other first-rounder, 10th overall in Friday’s draft, a pick that originally belonged to the Ottawa Senators but went to Anaheim last year in the Bobby Ryan deal. The Ducks held firm there, believing that they can get a quality prospect at that early juncture in Friday’s draft.
From the Canucks’ perspective, it is a good starting point for new general manager Jim Benning. Sbisa has the potential to be a top-four defenceman in the league, but is mostly known for his defensive work. He was limited to only 30 regular-season games this season because of injury, which paved the way for Lindholm to emerge. The year before, he played almost 20 minutes a game for the Ducks.
Bonino was Anaheim’s third-leading scorer last season, behind Getzlaf and Corey Perry and was second on the team in power-play goals with seven. He generally played on the first power-play unit, but in the playoffs, was used mostly as the team’s fourth-line centre at even strength, coach Bruce Boudreau flipping him and Mathieu Perreault frequently up and down the depth chart, depending upon the match-ups he was looking for.
With an extra pick in Friday’s draft, the Canucks could theoretically use it as a means of moving up from the No. 6 spot in the draft order, which they currently hold.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
There have been six changes in general managers since the end of the NHL regular season — seven if you go back to January and include Tim Murray, who got the Buffalo Sabres job.
"The middle group took it hard," said Lombardi, lamenting the fates of some of his peers.
The rapid reshuffling has changed the dynamic of how the managers do business with one another. With so many new faces in new places, it has forced holdovers such as Lombardi and Ducks General Manager Bob Murray to forge new relationships.
At a time when there is expected to be a lot of high-profile moves at the NHL entry draft Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, it has taken them out of their comfort zones.
"The GM meeting [in New York] was a little awkward because there were so many new faces," Murray said. "I don't mean that in a bad way. You've got to be respectful of these guys. You've got to give them time to get into the position, to figure out what they're doing, and it's a process for them."
from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register,
The conditions might never be more ripe for a trade to land the critical big piece. Now it is up to the Ducks to pull it off.
Fifty-four wins and 116 points set franchise standards but all the Ducks were left with were memories of an awful Game 7 against the Kings and then watching them pass the Stanley Cup around to each other. Second-round exits don’t amount to very much.
And the Kings aren’t the only ones they are chasing, if you listen to one Bob Murray. “We're behind a bunch of teams,” the Ducks' general manager said.
So the Ducks are carrying around the 10th and 24th selections in the first round of the NHL draft that starts Friday in Philadelphia. They've also got two second-round picks. And they have their 2015 first-rounder to go with a bevy of young talent, all of which are “assets” as Murray's word of usage.
"I don't know if he's going to retire or not but I know he went home to think about it. I just felt we had younger players coming along that we had to move into the lineup. I thought it was best for this organization that we move forward a little bit.
"It was just time for me. And that [Koivu] was the hardest decision of the three, as you can well imagine. Again, Jonas did so much for us. But we have pretty good kids there, so the writing was on the wall there.
"But Saku, I had to do a lot of soul-searching on that one."
-Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks when announcing Saku Koivu, along with Jonas Hiller and Daniel Winnik, would not be re-signed by the Ducks. More from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Louis Leblanc from Montreal in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Leblanc, 23 (1/26/91), has scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc made his NHL debut with Montreal in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring (5-5=10) and assists. The 6-0, 180-pound center also appeared in eight games for the Canadiens in 2013-14, going scoreless with a +1 rating and four PIM.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register at the Los Angeles Register,
The Ducks need a second-line center who wins faceoffs, kills penalties, makes a difference on the power play, and plays in an anti-social manner.
Ryan Kesler won 52.6 percent of his faceoffs last year, scored nine of his 25 goals on the power play, played 21:48 per game as a center, and continued to win enemies throughout the NHL.
The Ducks have two first-round choices in the upcoming draft, at No. 10 and No. 24, and got 11 playoff goals from rookies or players under 23 years old.
The Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and their farm system is ranked 27th in the 30-team NHL by the website Hockey’s Future, for whatever that’s worth.
If there was a HockeyMingle.com website, this would be a 100 percent match.
In fact, the Ducks reportedly offered both first-round picks and two young players to Vancouver for Kesler, at the trade deadline.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau talked to the media Monday afternoon during the Ducks' exit interview day, reflecting on the season and his team's disappointing end to the playoffs.
On reflecting on the season
We were the fifth-to-last team standing, and we’re talking as if we didn’t make the playoffs. We didn’t play well in Game 7, and I can’t see me saying that about any other game in the playoffs. We hate it, but at the same time, it is what it is.
You don’t like the outcome, but everything could have changed. We’re going to start in training camp, and we’re gonna be hungry to go again. Everyone as a team will want to do better than they did this year. That’s why you take two months off. You get a chance to regroup and everything. Right now, there are a lot of drained people, coaches as well.
We need to get our juices flowing again, and that will come by September. We should be able to do again what we did this year, I hope.
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