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Surprise Pick For Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

This Blue Jackets’ draft party in Nationwide Arena was a little like a New Year’s Eve party where midnight never came.

When general manager Scott Howson announced Ryan Johansen was the Jackets’ pick at No. 4 overall, many of the fans watching the arena’s big board didn’t know how to react.

There were no whoops. No screams. No celebration. There were no boos that I could hear, but there were a lot of oohs.

Johansen? Weren’t the Jackets supposed to take Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley, one of the three stud defensemen the fans had heard so much about?


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Spezza Likely Staying In Ottawa

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Murray said he’ll sit down with Spezza face-to-face when he gets back to Ottawa and put the trade talk to rest.

“There’s not going to be (a trade) at this point in time,” said Murray.

“We’ve talked enough about Jason. I’m very happy. We’ll talk to Jason as I get back to Ottawa and continue to get this back in place so that all the speculation goes away.”

Spezza’s no-movement clause kicks in on July 1 and the Senators haven’t been able to find anybody willing to pick up the $33 million US left on his contract who is going to give them a decent return.

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Late Evening Line

“There were a lot of conversations over the last few days about players being moved, and it didn’t happen.  Maybe the ask was too high. Teams in some cases were looking for first-round picks for players that everyone knows they’re either in a cap situation, they’re in a tough spot, and I think it’s good they didn’t get off the hook by collecting a bunch of first-round picks.”

-Sabres GM Darcy Regier on the lack of trades at the NHL Entry Draft, via John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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North America Well Represented In First Round Of The NHL Entry Draft

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The first round of the NHL Entry Draft was a busy one for Canadians and a record one for Americans.

Fourteen of the 30 first-round picks were Canadian, including the first four, six of the first seven and 10 of the first 14. But after that, the first round belonged to the United States, which had a record 11 players taken in the opening round—but none until Jack Campbell became the first goaltender taken when he was selected by Dallas with the 11 th pick.

Unlike last year, when a record seven Swedes went in the opening round, none were chosen this year. In fact, there were only five Europeans among the first 30 picks—three Russians, one Finn and Switzerland’s Nino Niederreiter, who became the highest-chosen Swiss player in draft history when he was taken by the New York Islanders at No. 5.


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Oilers Tried To Get One & Two Pick

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun at the Toronto Sun,

Steve Tambellini tried hard to hit the home run—getting Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin—but couldn’t swing the deal.

“We had some good discussions,” said the Oilers GM. “But by the end I knew that Boston really wanted to make a selection that was really important for his organization, also. But it was worth a try—I would have loved to have them both.” When that didn’t work, he kept pressing for three through 15.


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High Marks For Tallon

I am back safely from Las Vegas and I am sure I will feel some jet-lag tomorrow, so may as well post some stories while I am still on Vegas time…

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

New GM Dale Tallon continued his overhaul of the Florida Panthers, and for the second time in a week, I really like the trade he’s pulled off.

For starters, just getting Keith Ballard’s five-year, $21 million deal off the books is a major coup.

A GM from one of the several Western Conference teams that spoke with Florida about Ballard on Friday couldn’t look past the contract. “That’s just too much money for my liking,” said the GM.

Tallon has now divested himself of two big contracts in Ballard and Nathan Horton.

Friday’s deal, which still wasn’t officially announced pending league approval, will see prospect Victor Oreskovich also go to Vancouver for winger Steve Bernier, forward Michael Grabner and a first-round pick.


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Draft Numbers

from NHL.com at Kings.com,

...here are 43 things you should know heading into the draft. Friday’s first round can be seen starting at 7 p.m. ET on Versus in the U.S. and TSN in Canada. Rounds 2-7 on Saturday can be seen starting at 1 p.m. ET on the NHL Network.

1. With Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin or Windsor’s Taylor Hall expected to be the No. 1 pick, it would mark the fourth-straight year a player from the Ontario Hockey League was chosen first at the draft, following John Tavares (2009), Steven Stamkos (2008) and Patrick Kane (2007).

2. The Kings played their first game at the Long Beach Arena; NHL Central Scouting’s top-rated U.S.-born player, Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers, was born in Long Beach.

3. Windsor Spitfires defenseman Cam Fowler was born in Windsor, Ont., but moved to Michigan when he was 2, and holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship.

read on

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Oilers Can’t Go Wrong With Either Pick

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The suspense will finally come to an end early Friday evening when the Edmonton Oilers reveal if it’s Taylor or Tyler. This is the short-term drama, choosing between the more NHL ready winger (Taylor Hall of the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires) or the player with the potentially higher upside and the harder-to-find skill set (Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers) at the 2010 entry draft.

In the big picture, it may not even matter who ends up going to the Oilers, given how many of these high-end, can’t-miss youngsters flourish early in their NHL careers and actually do live up to the hype. Thanks to a system that grooms top prospects from their early teens for this precise moment, they all seem to arrive with talent, poise, fitness and an understanding of what it takes to become a professional.


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Hit To The Head Rule Approved

LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2010)—The National Hockey League Board of Governors today approved a rule change that provides for a major penalty and a game misconduct for a “lateral or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact.” The rule change was proposed by the League’s 30 Club General Managers and was approved by the Competition Committee before being forwarded to the Board for ratification.

      Rule 48, “Illegal Check to the Head,” also empowers a referee, at his discretion, to assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the penalized player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.

      Any player who incurs a total of two game misconducts under this rule, in either the regular season or playoffs, will be suspended automatically for his team’s next game. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty, the automatic suspension will be increased by one game.

      If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline also can be applied.

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Report:  Wojtek Wolski Signs 2-Year Deal with PHX

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, Wojtek Wolski has agreed to terms on a 2 year deal with PHX for $7.6M.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, phoenix+coyotes

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