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Hockey fans in the United States will be able to keep up with all the moves of free agency like their counterparts in Canada.
American hockey fans can watch the NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy show on the NHL Network and follow all the moves and rumors during one of the League’s most exciting days.
The NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. ET, right after NHL Live (noon-2 p.m. ET).
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Saturday was a wonderfully disgusting tour of Gary Bettman’s hockey world for fans of the Vancouver Canucks if they were paying attention, espeically those who might be season-ticket holders.
Follow us while we explain. As everyone knows, the Calgary Flames acquired the negotiating rights to Jay Bouwmeester in a trade with the Florida Panthers whereby they gave up a player they weren’t going to re-sign in Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick. That’s fair enough. But in order to clear the cap space to have even a ghost of a chance to sign Bouwmeester, they first off-loaded the $2.3 million U.S. cap hit of defenceman Jim Vandermeer to, of all teams, the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a forward named Brandon Prust who was making just $500,000.
That’s right. The Phoenix Coyotes, whose bills are being paid by the NHL, felt free to expand their payroll by taking on an expensive Flames defenceman. That means the Flames now have the best chance to sign a player the Vancouver Canucks might liked to have signed, by off-loading a cap liability in Vandermeer to the Coyotes, a team whose bills are being paid partly by the Aquilini family through revenue sharing and most recently by league dues.
MONTREAL (June 27, 2009)—The 2009 NHL Entry Draft concluded this afternoon with a total of 210 players selected from 11 countries. Following is a breakdown of 2009 Entry Draft selections by birthplace:
United States 55
Czech Republic 3
United Kingdom 1
TRANSACTIONS SUMMARY FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 27
With the draft completed, we now look forward to teams trying to sign their own UFAs and all the chatter that comes ahead of July 1st.
It is an exciting time for hockey fans and we here at KK will be providing you with the latest hockey news.
Thanks to Erin, Patrick and SENSHobo for providing live coverage from Montreal and to Alanah for all her work at KK yesterday.
Remember to check back often, you never know when news will break!
The NHL Draft is set to start momentarily. We’ll be posting the picks live on this post, through the first round. (Other developing news will be provided on separate posts, though.)
Ready, set, DRAFT!
1. New York Islanders: John Tavares (video with NHL.com)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman
3. Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene
4. Atlanta Thrashers: Evander Kane
5. Los Angeles Kings: Brayden Schenn
(Note: A pick trade—#16 and #77 for #26, #37, 62 and #92—between Columbus Blue Jackets and the NYI.)
6. Phoenix Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
7. Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri
8. Dallas Stars: Scott Glennie
9. Ottawa Senators: Jared Cowen
10. Edmonton Oilers: Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson
11. Nashville Predators: Ryan Ellis
(Note: A pick trade—Minnesota Wild trades #12 to NYI for #16, #77, #182.)
12. New York Islanders: Calvin DeHaan
13. Buffalo Sabres: Zack Kassian
14. Florida Panthers: Dmitry Kulikov
15. Anaheim Ducks: Peter Holland
16. Minnesota Wild: Nick Leddy
17. St. Louis Blues: David Rundblad
18. Montreal Canadiens: Louis Leblanc
19. New York Rangers: Chris Kreider
(Note: A pick trade—Calgary trades #20 for #23 and #84 from New Jersey Devils.)
20. New Jersey Devils: Jacob Josefson
21. Columbus Blue Jackets: John Moore
22. Vancouver Canucks: Jordan Schroeder
23. Calgary Flames: Tim Erixon
24. Washington Capitals: Marcus Johansson
25. Boston Bruins: Jordan Caron
26. Anaheim Ducks: Kyle Palmieri
27. Carolina Hurricanes: Philippe Paradis
28. Chicago Blackhawks: Dylan Olsen
(Note: A pick trade—Detroit trades #29 for #32 and #75 from Tampa.)
29. Tampa Bay Lightning: Carter Ashton
30. Pittsburgh Penguins: Simon Despres
*original post time 7:02pm et
Scuttlebutt is Duchene goes 1 to Isles, meaning Hedman goes 2 to Tampa and the Colorado Avalanche - rivals Avs - luck into Tavares at 3
added 6:12pm (Paul), from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The Islanders will ignore the pleas from the majority of their fan base and bypass center John Tavares in favor of Brampton center Matt Duchene in tonight’s NHL Draft, according to sources familiar with the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the No. 3 pick in the draft.
A well-informed NHL source also told Newsday the Islanders received what was described as a “significant offer” for the No. 1 pick, but general manager Garth Snow turned it down. The team making the offer was not identified.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The NHL’s salary cap is on the rise.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Friday that next year’s cap will go up by $100,000 to $56.8-million in 2009-10.
Part of the reason for the growth is that the NHL Players’ Association decided to invoke a five per cent inflator, which was negotiated as part of the collective bargaining agreement.
TORONTO/NEW YORK (June 26, 2009)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2009-10 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $40.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $48.8 million and an Upper Limit of $56.8 million.
TSN is using Cover It Live to blog on draft day.
They have started and a good way to follow all the action.
Plus don’t forget SENShobo is doint the same at his blog on KK.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
The NHL draft is intended to cure what ails sickly NHL also-rans. That much is plain. It’s also the best measure of the health of the major junior leagues.
The draft gives you a work-up on the vital signs of WHL, OHL and QMJHL and the most vital of all signs are the leagues’ top-end talent. If these leagues are attracting and developing elite teenagers, then all is well.
Some of the rumors from yesterday that proved to be false and please note, none were pointed out on KK…
Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Thursday, Bouwmeester Gone Within 2 Hours, Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Tonight
Kaberle About to Move
Luongo Agrees To Contract Extension
When real news is about to break, we will be here, providing you with the information you seek and want.
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