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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Ever since he was hired by the Leafs last December, Burke has made it his mission to make the team bigger, meaner and tougher. This weekend, he took a step towards that goal by ignoring skilled Europeans and selecting North Americans with equal parts of “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.”
“This won’t address our immediate need for size and toughness. We’ll do that later in the summer,” said Burke, who added that most of the drafted players are three to four years away from potentially playing in the NHL.
“But I think people should read into it that we are not just talking the talk about this. We’re going to be bigger and cruder.”
from the CP via the Sporting News,
It’s looking more and more like Heatley picked a bad time to demand a trade.
Murray was unable to find a deal that made sense and it’s not necessarily going to happen soon given that Heatley is owed $7.5 million in each of the next five seasons. Murray didn’t sound confident.
“There’ll be a little further discussions,” Murray said. “I don’t know how much. We’re certainly going to, I guess, attempt to accommodate (his request). ...
“I would think we’ll have a little further discussions and see what happens.”
That’s the same game plan Brian Burke has elected to take with Kaberle. He’s only going to move the smooth-skating defenseman if someone “blows his doors off” in the coming few weeks.
via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,
RDS reports that russian newspaper Soviet Sport says Alex Kovalev has already met with the Molson brothers, the new owners of the Canadiens, and new head coach Jacques Martin.
According to the newspaper, they have assured him he would be back with the Canadiens next season.
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
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Detroit Red Wings got a query or two this weekend from other teams looking to acquire the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent forward Marian Hossa.
“Yeah, I have been approached about acquiring his rights,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Saturday as the NHL draft wrapped up.
But for now, the answer is no as Holland keeps trying to re-sign the star winger.
“But obviously if it appears that we can’t get anything done in the next 48 hours, then ... you’d rather get something than nothing,” said Holland. “So right now, I’m just in a holding pattern.”
read on for more Wings and other NHL teams too…
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!
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Sutter will have to knock the socks off Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, to keep him from exploring free agency on July 1, the course of action the pair has planned all along. That means something like a decade-long deal with an average cap hit somewhere in the $6.5-$7 million range. That’s a hefty chunk of change in and of itself, but even more problematic considering what looks to be a tight cap situation in Calgary.
It appears as though the Flames will have at least $9.3 million coming off the cap on July 1 when the contracts of Adrian Aucoin ($4 million), Mike Cammalleri ($3.35 million) and Todd Bertuzzi ($1.95 million) expire. That creates enough room for Bouwmeester, but creates several other holes, especially up front where the Flames have just four legitimate top-six forwards…
added 1:12pm, Calgary clears some cap room by trading Vandermeer to Phoenix for Prust. Trade clears almost $2M in cap space.
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Just told that Teemu Selanne has called Anaheim GM Bob Murray to say that he is going to play next season.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Teemu Selanne has elected to return to play for the club next season (2009-10). Selanne, already under contract for the 2009-10 campaign, informed Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray of his decision this morning.
“This is obviously great news for the Ducks,” said Murray. “Teemu is still playing at a high level, brings passion and energy to the locker room and is a loyal member of this franchise. It’s fantastic he’s chosen to continue his playing career.”
“I’m very happy to play another season in Anaheim,” said Selanne. “The way we played toward the end of last season, I’m excited about our chances. We definitely have what it takes to win.”
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis met with Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent, JP Barry late Friday night following round one of the NHL Entry Draft.
The Canucks did not table a counter proposal to the Sedin’s recent, 12-year, $63 million dollar pitch, and sources say Gillis gave no indication a counter offer is coming.
Both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK today. Their observations will be posted below as the day progresses and SENShobo is at the draft too, using Cover It Live.
added 1:54pm, from Erin,
A lot of speculation, but not many surprises were the order of the day for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Whether we’ll experience a true first-round bust or sixth-round gem remains to be seen. Obviously we all put an enormous amount of research and stock into the picks and where they fall, but at the end of the day, it’s still very much a crapshoot.
We’ve had a lot of fun here—much thanks to Kukla’s Korner and to all of the readers. Hope to see you next year!
added 1:48pm, from Patrick,
Fittingly, Montreal picked up the 211th and final pick of the Draft from Pittsburgh. With the pick, the Canadiens took Finnish junior goalie Petteri Simila.
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