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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... if the hockey gods existed at all, they would have been smiling their faces at a team like the Columbus Blue Jackets, one that didn’t stain the reputation of the league like a few others by deliberately tanking their seasons to get a shot at McDavid.
The Jackets stayed put at No. 8 overall where they’ll get a very good player, but it would have been great poetry had the team that ran one of the best records in the league over the final two months been granted some sort of payoff for that.
Instead, you’ve got an Oilers team that has re-written the definition of ineptitude ever since thrilling their fans with a surprise trip to the 2006 Cup finals. They haven’t made the playoffs since, and are undergoing what, their third rebuild?
"Not fair at all," is how one NHL team executive responded via text Saturday night, his club not in the lottery.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss Connor McDavid, debate Bob Hartley’s fine and react to the results of the NHL Draft Lottery.
Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including Jarret Stoll’s arrest, the possible goalie changes in Ottawa and Chicago and some coaching rumours.
added 8:21pm, from NHL.com,
The Edmonton Oilers will pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.
The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
The Buffalo Sabres, who had the worst record in the NHL this season, dropped to second. The Arizona Coyotes, who were next to list, fell to third.
It is the fourth time in six seasons the Oilers will pick first.
Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters.
added 8:33pm, video of Bill Daly announcing Edmonton won the lottery is below.
Both road teams, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg need a road win tonight to even their series at one.
Schedule for tonight is below and if you missed the earlier games, Tampa beat Detroit 5-1 and St. Louis defeated Minnesota 4-1. Both of those series are tied at one.
from Jeff Patterson of TSN,
So this much is clear: the series is tied -- and the series is on. Oh, it’s on alright. Friday’s late-game fireworks at Rogers Arena signalled the return of the rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. How any of the five-on-five brawl carries over as the scene shifts to the Saddledome on Sunday remains to be seen, but there is no question that a healthy amount of dislike has been introduced into this Western Canadian showdown. And that’s exactly as it should be at this time of the year, especially between two long-time rivals.
Coming into the series, much was made of the high-end youth on the Calgary Flames – Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and 18-year-old Sam Bennett, but through the first two games of the series, it’s Canucks' prize rookie Bo Horvat who has set the bar for the first-time playoff participants. Horvat nearly blew the roof off Rogers Arena with an electrifying first period end-to-end dash that resulted in a Dennis Wideman delay of game penalty for knocking the puck out of play. The Canucks scored on the ensuing power play to take a 2-0 lead. Horvat later fed fellow freshman, Ronalds Kenins, for the 3-0 goal early in the third period to give the Canucks some breathing room. Horvat, who turned 20 earlier this month, has a point in each of his first two Stanley Cup playoff appearances and sits atop the Canucks post-season scoring derby at this early stage of the proceedings.
NEW YORK (April 18, 2015) – Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley has been fined $50,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place with 1:17 remaining in regulation of the first-round playoff game in Vancouver on Friday, April 17, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.
In addition, the National Hockey League announced that the game misconduct assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of regulation has been rescinded.
Hartley was fined $25,000 for a similar incident during the 2013-14 regular season.
The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll will probably be able to negotiate a "slap on the wrist" after being arrested and charged in Las Vegas on Friday for possession of cocaine and another illegal recreational drug, says a former state prosecutor.
Michael Pariente, who has been a criminal defence lawyer in Las Vegas since 2006, said he's represented dozen of people accused of drug possession - many of them Canadian - and in every case, the prosecutor has offered first time offenders a plea deal.
Pariente said prosecutors in Clark County, Nevada, would probably allow Stoll to plead guilty to misdemeanour possession of a dangerous drug not to be introduced into inner state commerce. If he does plead guilty to that misdemeanour, Stoll, who was released Friday night on $5,000 bail, according to court records, would probably pay a fine of up to $1,000. He's also be required to take online drug awareness court, a computer course that requires about four hours of time but can be completed anywhere.
"It's pretty much a slap on the wrist," Pariente said in an interview. "Even if he was going to represent himself they'd make him an offer like this."
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