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Predators Trade Jason Arnott back to Devils for Prospect and 2011 2nd Round Pick

Per various sources, the Nashville Predators continue their busy day by trading their Captain, Jason Arnott, back to New Jersey Devils for prospect Matt Halischuk and 2011 2nd round pick.

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Nashville Trades Rights to D Dan Hamhuis to Philly for Ryan Parent

Per HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman tweet:

Flyers trade Ryan Parent to Nashville for rights to Dam Hamhuis (via Predators announcement)

UPDATE:  A conditional draft pick is also sent to Philly.

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Kings offer assistant coaching job to John Stevens

From the Los Angeles Times:

Former Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Stevens, who was fired by the team in December, is the Kings’ choice to fill the assistant coaching vacancy created by Mark Hardy’s resignation and has been offered the job, and his hiring could be announced next week, confirmed an NHL source, who was granted anonymity because the organization is not ready to make the decision public.

Key Kings executives know Stevens well. Kings Coach Terry Murray, previously part of the Flyers’ staff, worked with Stevens in Philadelphia, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and assistant GM Ron Hextall are familiar with him from their past employment in the Flyers’ organization.

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Flames will wear ‘heritage’ jerseys at 2011 outdoor Classic

From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:

Stock up on the long underwear, Calgary. Pull that giant winter parka out of the closet along with those mitts, tuque, scarf and boots.

The National Hockey League competition committee granted approval Friday for the Calgary Flames to host the Heritage Classic outdoor game Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

The venue? McMahon Stadium. The opposition? Michael Cammalleri and the Montreal Canadiens.

Only one formality remains: ratification by the NHL Players Association next week in Chicago.

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Lars Eller looks forward to being a Montreal Canadien

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:

Former Blue Lars Eller spoke with the Team 990 radio station in Montreal today and said that he is looking forward to playing for the Montreal Canadiens.

And he thinks it could be this season.  “What (Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier) told me was that they were happy to have gotten me in this trade,” said Eller, who went to the Habs Thursday in the trade that brought goalie Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis. “He said I have a good chance to make that Montreal team. It’s going to be up to me.

“That was my goal in St. Louis, to make that club this year. I’m going to have the same mindset coming into Montreal. I know that Montreal has a big fan base and there are big expectations for the team and the players as well. But I put pressure on myself. I see this in a positive way.”

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Vinny excited about new additions, Bolts

From the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson:

Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier’s thoughts understandably have been preoccupied of late, filled more with 3 a.m. feedings and diaper changes than hockey.

But during the past month, following the birth of daughter Victoria on May 3, Lecavalier has watched from afar as Tampa Bay has undergone an extreme makeover in the hiring of GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Guy Boucher.  Considering the events of the past two years, when things played out like a soap opera, Lecavalier is encouraged by what’s taking place with the only franchise he has known since entering the league in 1998.

“I’m very, very excited about what is happening with this organization from new ownership, to a guy like Steve Yzerman, who knows where he is going,” Lecavalier said. “He’s got a plan, he’s an honest person and comes from an organization of winners over the past 20 years and he will bring that mentality.

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Bruins Closing in on Panthers Winger Nathan Horton?

From NESN.com’s James Murphy:

Well, it appears Chiarelli could already have a trade in place that would bring a current NHLer to Boston.

While the parameters of the trade are unclear at this point, a very reliable source told NESN.com on Friday that the Bruins are closing in on a trade with the Florida Panthers that would see them acquire winger Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2003, but in six NHL seasons, has cracked the 30-goal plateau only once and—in the eyes of fans and media—failed to reach his potential and use his 6-foot-2, 229-pound frame properly.

There were no specifics on what else may come to Boston in the deal or what the return would be to Florida, but it has been well documented that Chiarelli would love to move into the top 5-7 picks overall to get one of the top defensive prospects available, so this could be a package deal involving roster players and picks.

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Off-Season Game Plan:  Chicago Blackhawks

From TSN’s Scott Cullen:

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961, so it’s a summer for celebrating. For some, notably GM Stan Bowman, it’s going to be a summer involving tough decisions as the Blackhawks scramble to get under the salary cap.

Off-Season Game Plan looks at the championship roster and what the Blackhawks can do if they’re going to have a legitimate chance to defend their title.

Such is the nature of the salary cap world in the NHL that great young teams face a tight window of opportunity because it’s so difficult to keep an entire team together.

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Dallas Stars pondering training camp in Charlottetown, newspaper says

From the Canadian Press via The Hockey News:

There’s a report the City of Charlottetown and the Dallas Stars are close to signing a deal that would bring a portion of the NHL club’s training camp to Prince Edward Island this fall.

The Charlottetown Guardian cites a report in the Dallas Morning News that says the Stars are “pondering having part of training camp” on Prince Edward Island.

Wayne Long, Charlottetown’s events development officer, declined comment when asked about the story.

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Fletcher: Wild won’t buy way out of NHL’s bottom

From the Associated Press:

The Minnesota Wild have a lot of work to do this summer.  They need to add promising young players, but also must improve the depth and quality of their roster. It’s a difficult place to be in the NHL, not quite good enough to contend for the Stanley Cup but also lacking the top draft picks to add elite talent and get better in a hurry the way the champion Chicago Blackhawks did with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

After missing the playoffs for the second straight year, the Wild have the ninth selection in the first round of next week’s draft.  Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Friday he’s pleased with the amount of salary-cap space he has to make moves, more than most teams, but he insisted that’s not a blank check for free agency.

“You can’t buy your way out of the basement,” Fletcher said. “We don’t have the ability to sign five guys on July 1 at $5 million apiece, but looking at the talent pool on July 1, I would suggest that shouldn’t be our goal, too. We will patiently and methodically build this team.”

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