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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Drafting is an inexact science—for every late-round gem (Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk), there’s a high pick that didn’t work out the way the a team had planned (Patrik Stefan).
Here’s a look at some of the best choices in the history of the Entry Draft, as determined by where they were selected among the top 30 picks. (Up and coming includes players taken from 2004-08)
No. 1: Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh, 1984)—If the Penguins had not drafted Lemieux in 1984, the franchise likely would have left Pittsburgh two decades ago.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Will Ovechkin, Kane and Toews join the rest of their young brethren in Stanley Cup success next season? Or will they join the other side, stacked with players such as Marcel Dionne, Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros, as greats who never got past their equally impressive peers? Crosby and Malkin will be around for years and the Red Wings aren’t going anywhere, so it goes without saying the Cup is, and will continue to be, a hard trophy to hoist.
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Defenseman Derian Hatcher officially announced his retirement from the NHL and has been named the Flyers’ player development coach.
Hatcher, 37, spent 17 season in the NHL, including parts of four seasons with the Flyers. He missed this entire past season and underwent knee replacement surgeryl ast week.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
John Madden has won two Stanley Cup championships with the Devils and remains one of the club’s key veteran forwards, but he hasn’t spoken to GM Lou Lamoriello yet about a new contract and will therefore test the market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
In a conversation Monday, Madden said he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Devils but doesn’t have any talks with Lamoriello scheduled.
“I think either way I’ll end up going to July 1st. I’ve waited this long. I might as well see it through for the next couple of weeks,” Madden told me.
Viewers can watch live coverage of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins’ Victory Parade, beginning at 11 a.m. The parade itself is set to begin at noon.
If you can’t get to a television set to watch the parade on WPXI-TV Channel 11, you can watch it live on WPXI.com.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There is a new Stanley Cup champion as the work week begins, and the National Hockey League is better for it.
Even to those of us who saw the Detroit Red Wings as a team with so many heroes that it could never go wanting in search of someone to don the cape, we realized the obvious as the Stanley Cup final wore on: Whether or not the Pittsburgh Penguins would turn out to be the better team, they are undoubtedly the better story.
Sidney Crosby is a sexier sell than Henrik Zetterberg, at least in North America—not to mention seven years younger.
Pavel Datsyuk is an artisan whose skills are appreciated by hockey people the way an opera critic differentiates between a good tenor and a great one. But Evgeni Malkin’s game is the Van Halen concert to Datsyuk’s Baroque concerto.
from Douglas Flynn of the Hockey Journal,
He’s averaged just under 90 points a year over the past four seasons. He’s led the Bruins in scoring in each of his three seasons in Boston and earned All-Star nods in each of the last two years.
Oh, and he owns a no-trade clause as well.
So, why does Marc Savard’s name keep coming up in trade rumors this offseason?
Such is life in the salary cap era.
from Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer,
It can be difficult to muster up a decent case of empathy for Detroit Red Wings fans. If you’ve watched a hockey game in Joe Louis Arena, you understand.
It’s not that they’re loud. Loud is good in the NHL. It’s not even that they’re occasionally given to offensive behavior with their foul-language spurts and foul-smelling bags of octopi flesh.
It’s their superiority complex, that smug conviction that on the first day, God created Hockey Town and then got around to less important chores later.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
But as Arnott looks ahead to the 2009-2010 season, he wants the Predators to be ready to win no matter who is on the roster.
In other words, even if Alexander Radulov does not return, and even if Steve Sullivan moves on, Arnott doesn’t want the Predators making excuses.
“We can’t go out thinking, ‘Oh, we’re missing this and that,’ ‘’ Arnott said last week. “I think we did a little too much of that last year. We have to get away from that and think positive and move forward.’‘
Arnott said the Preds’ veterans will simply have to be even more productive.
“We will have to find it within ourselves to do it,’’ Arnott said. “We’ll have to look at myself and J.P. (Dumont) and (Martin Erat) and (David Legwand) to carry the load up front, and (Shea Weber) and (Ryan Suter) and (Dan Hamhuis) to pull us up from the rear. We’ve got (Pekka Rinne) in net. So no matter what team we have on the ice, we have to go out thinking we’re going to win the Stanley Cup.’‘
more on the Predators…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Like a lot of things this summer involving the Avalanche, it doesn’t make much sense. Ian Laperriere, heart-and-soul forward, fan favorite and locker-room leader, will no longer be on the team after July 1.
That in itself is not the part that is mystifying. It’s not unreasonable a team would want to jettison a 35-year-old player, with 40 goals in the 307 games he played with the Avs. The Avs want to get younger, and maybe a little cheaper. We get that.
But why in the world are the Avs letting Lappy go for nothing — contract talks have essentially ended between him and the team — when the Avs probably could have gotten a pretty nice draft pick from another NHL team at the trade deadline? Why did a team that was out of the playoff picture not deal one of its more marketable assets, especially when the team knew Laperriere could become an unrestricted free agent and wanted a raise?
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