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Talking Ducks & Coyotes

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Two Pacific Division clubs have a lot of balls up in the air these days.

The Anaheim Ducks are awaiting Scott Niedermayer’s decision next week, which will have a huge impact on how they proceed this offseason. They’re also waiting on Teemu Selanne. The Phoenix Coyotes, meanwhile, have about a dozen free agents to attend to and not a huge budget to work with.


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UFA Updates

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thought I’d pass on some updates on a few potential unrestricted free agents who might be a little under the radar:

Keep an eye on Johnny Boychuk. He’s only 26 years old, but he qualifies as a Group 6 unrestricted free agent. He broke through last season with a solid second half and a real nice playoffs. He led all Bruins players with 39 blocked shots in 13 postseason games (Zdeno Chara was second with 24) and was second only to Chara in ice time per game in the playoffs (26:10) and shorthanded ice time per game (3:18)....

I can’t tell you how many Penguins fans ask me about Matt Cooke. The veteran winger is UFA July 1, and at this point, it doesn’t appear his re-signing is close.

“Currently, we’re far apart,” his agent, Pat Morris, told us Wednesday. “Matt would like to stay in Pittsburgh, both sides would like to get something done, but nothing is imminent.”


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The Stanley Cup Makes A Visit To Children’s Memorial Hospital

from Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The softer side of the Stanley Cup showed up Wednesday at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

The 35-pound silver trophy, which has been on the party circuit since the Blackhawks’ championship win last week, did an about-face Wednesday morning before a flock of shocked children playing in the “fun sanctuary/medical free zone” of the hospital, where doctor’s uniforms aren’t allowed.

“The toughness and grit required by the Blackhawks to win that Cup is what many of our kids go through every day,” said Kathleen Keenan, a hospital spokeswoman. “This was just so inspiring. It shows miracles do happen.”

It all began with Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville’s desire to bring the Stanley Cup to children maneuvering through life in wheelchairs and IV lines. So he asked orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Terry, the chief Blackhawks doc, to help arrange the hospital visit.


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John MacLean Finally Named Coach Of The Devils

from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,

The Devils have scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference to announce John MacLean as their new head coach.

MacLean, 45, takes over behind the Devils’ bench after serving one season as the head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell. He guided the AHL Devils to a franchise best mark of 39-31-4-6 in 2009-10, including their only playoff appearance in four seasons.


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Mike Ramsey Steps-Down From Wild Asst. Coach Position

from Glen Andresen of MinnesotaWild.com,

The Minnesota Wild learned it has lost its longest-tenured coach, a Wild original and one of the greatest Minnesota hockey products in the state’s history with Assistant Coach Mike Ramsey announcing that he would be stepping down effective immediately.

The 49-year-old Ramsey has been the Wild’s assistant coach since the team’s inception in 2000, and helped lead the team to a combined record of 331-291-116 and three playoff appearances. In an interview with Wild.com, Ramsey said that with three kids in high school, there wasn’t going to be a better time to step aside to be with them.

“[The decision] is not something that, believe me, happened for me overnight or anything like that,” said Ramsey, who informed General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Todd Richards of his decision on Friday. “I’ve been in the game for 30 years now, and I’ve been with the Wild for 10. It’s been an awesome 10 years, and at the end of the year, you start reflecting on all the things you’ve done with the team and the time you spent at the rink, and the travel, and this and that. Going forward, I thought it was a good time for me to step down and pursue other things.”


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Preparing For The NHL Entry Draft

from NHL.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes hold a League-high 11 picks of the 210 allotted for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to be held Friday, June 25 (round 1) and Saturday, June 26 (rounds 2-7) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The Edmonton Oilers, owners of the first overall selection, and the New York Islanders follow with 10 picks apiece.

The Los Angeles Kings, hosting the Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history, are scheduled to make the first of their nine current selections with the 19th overall choice.

National rightsholders VERSUS in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada will provide live coverage of the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. NHL Radio also will provide first-round coverage, which can be heard on radio stations across North America including NHL Home Ice XM 204 and NHL.com. NHL Network and RIS will broadcast rounds 2-7 the following day, starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

continued with much more NHL Entry Draft information…

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Nashville Extends Francis Bouillon

via TSN,

The Nashville Predators have signed defenceman Francis Bouillon to contract extension.

TSN has learned that it is a two-year extension worth $2.7 million.

The 34-year old Bouillon had three goals and eight assists in 81 games with the Predators last season.  He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

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All Steve Yzerman

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Yzerman sat down Wednesday to address some of the items at the top of a long laundry list of things to work through before training camp starts in September.

Any chance you use the No. 6 overall pick as a trade chip?

I won’t say no, and we don’t have anything in the works right now. We’ve talked about the possibilities. I want to keep as many picks as possible. I think we just need to build up depth in our prospects, we need young players coming, so very remote that we move it.

How active should we expect you to be on July 1 when free agency begins?

As much as I would love to have a splash on July 1, I don’t want to sign a player just so we can have a press conference, it has to make sense. That’s the discipline we have to have. And frankly we’ve got some things within our own club that we have to take care of, like contracts and other things moving forward that we really need to focus in on and then slowly build around that.


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Drafting Success

from HabsWatch,

There’s a reason why all the mock NHL drafts you see don’t speculate beyond the first round and why scouting services only offer paid access to their lists. The consensus over who should be taken gets murky very quickly once you’re about half-way through the second round. A very good reason why so many eagerly await the bible that is Bob McKenzie’s TSN draft guide to analyze his top 60 prospects and honourable mentions.

Rounds 2 through 7 are the meat and potato rounds where a team can make up for poor draft position or squandered opportunities in round 1. It also shows which teams are truly committed to scouting and drafting to build from within, which teams sink or swim on their high first round picks and which teams are forced to compensate for putrid drafting with trades and free agent acquisitions.

continued and I must say, the author did some digging for all the stats he lists…

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Boogaard May Hit The UFA Market

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The next time the Boogeyman uses a hockey player’s face as a punching bag, he might be doing so wearing a different uniform.

Derek Boogaard, the Wild’s 6-8 enforcer, remains unsigned two weeks prior to free agency. And, although General Manager Chuck Fletcher says he’s had “regular conversations going back three months” with Boogaard’s agent, Ron Salcer, Fletcher has indicated that he’s unlikely to re-sign Boogaard prior to July 1.

“We haven’t closed the book either, and maybe we revisit it July 1 or 2 if we don’t [re-sign him before],” Fletcher said. “But we have several areas we’re looking to improve. It comes down to, ‘How much cap space can you allocate to a certain area without compromising other areas?’”


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  Tags: derek+boogaard

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