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The Atlanta Thrashers have named Rick Dudley associate general manager, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Dudley will be responsible for assisting in all facets of hockey operations with a primary focus on overseeing scouting and player development. He will join the club this week at the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Rick Dudley to our front office.” Waddell said. “He has had noted success at all levels as a player, coach and general manager, and his nearly 40 years of professional experience will certainly prove beneficial to our organization. His ability to both evaluate and develop talent is evident in the remarkable turnarounds made by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, both with players acquired during Rick’s tenure.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
If you go strictly by the numbers, it’s an empty-net tap in - John Tavares should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.
In its annual survey of 10 NHL scouts, the London Knights’ goal-scoring centre is TSN’s unanimous No. 1 ranked prospect, getting 10 of a possible 10 first-place votes to head up TSN’s Top 60 Final Rankings for the 2009 NHL entry draft.
But the New York Islanders have their own ideas on whom they will choose with the top pick and have been adamant about not revealing anything to anyone until the moment general manager Garth Snow steps to the podium to make the announcement on the draft floor of the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday night.
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
To talk to Bouwmeester before July 1, Florida Panthers want a draft pick, which would become a 1st rounder if he signs.
from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,
As the Consol Energy Center rises across the street from Mellon Arena, plans for accessorizing the Penguins’ new digs should be forming.
Even though it’s not his style, those plans must include a statue of the team’s greatest player and current owner, Mario Lemieux.
As the euphoria of the franchise’s third Stanley Cup fades — and that’s going to take a while — we should never forget the gamble Lemieux took to keep the team in Pittsburgh and keep his sweater alive.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
One of the reasons Poile said he has to be careful about the deals he makes this offseason is that there may well be some more long-term deals down the line.
“We have other players that are due new contracts that we’d certainly like to do something with, whether it be a goaltender or someone like (defenseman) Dan Hamhuis,’’ Poile said. “It’s not just about next year and signing Steve Sullivan. It’s about the future and what we can or should be able to spend.’‘
If the Preds wind up not re-signing Sullivan, they’ll certainly have to look at a trade or the free-agent market in order to boost the team’s offense.
It would be hard to imagine the Preds having any chance at signing big-money players like Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Alexei Kovalev or Alex Tanguay.
Some players that might be able to add offense with less of a price tag include: the New York Rangers’ Nik Antropov, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Carolina’s Erik Cole, Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, New Jersey’s Brian Gionta, Edmonton’s Ales Kotalik and Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
OK, it’s gone a little too far I think. Jonas Gustavsson “The Monster”, the Swedish goalie who has yet to play a second of NHL hockey and is 24 years old, is being treated like the hybrid genetic offspring of Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy and Glenn Hall put together….
Listen, the guy really could be the next great NHL goalie. But all this fuss - with the Avs recruiting Peter Forsberg and the Maple Leafs doing the same with Borje Salming, in trying to sweet talk Gustavsson into signing with their old teams - well, it’s getting a little ridiculous now.
This from Kevin Allen’s Twitter....
Believing Hossa won’t get done in Detroit if he won’t accept a “Franzen style deal” Red Wings have less than $4 million left.
Hearing Red Wings did make an offer to Mikael Samuelsson that didn’t get it done.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
The issue the Chicago Blackhawks have in re-signing Martin Havlat is that the full horror of the salary cap world will be upon them in 12 months.
Probably the ’Hawks have room to pay Havlat full value for next season, but it would be salary cap-hurtful to give Havlat a full value deal that extends into the 2010-11 season.
In the summer of 2010, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith will all be restricted free agents looking for a big raise. Andrew Ladd’s contract also expires that season.
from the CP via TSN,
Sundin said he is still pondering about his future in the NHL and did not rule out playing another season with Vancouver.
“Absolutely,” he was quoted as saying when asked if he might play again with the Canucks. “I will think about my future the next couple of weeks. I will make a decision in the summer. I can’t say more right now.”
more including Mats say he will not be playing for Team Sweden in the upcoming Olympics…
Next up for Holland and crew is the entry draft starting next Friday in Montreal. The Wings, who seemingly haven’t had a high pick since Gordie Howe…
-Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star where you can read more about Ken Holland and the Wings…
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