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Five Things the Flames Should Do

From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:

1. Become a draft-day player

As it is, Flames director of scouting Tod Button doesn’t get a chance to clear his throat till the 64th pick (which represents the third-round choice the team got from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Anton Stralman).

Getting into the first two rounds would be swell, particularly for an organization with a dearth of forward prospects.

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The Hit we Saw Coming

From the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns:

It really shouldn’t come as a shock that Dustin Byfuglien won’t be wearing an Indianhead sweater for the 2010-11 season.

The Blackhawks have significant salary-cap issues, and the giant-sized winger often was mentioned as a possible candidate to be shipped out. Moves were expected, even declared a must by Hawks general manager Stan Bowman.

The news broke Wednesday—and spread like wildfire—that the first deal had been done—or rather, nearly done. Just after midnight today, it became official: Byfuglien, restricted free agent Ben Eager, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu have been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft (which starts Friday), the 54th overall pick, veteran forward Marty Reasoner, winger Joey Crabb (who has starred in Chicago with the Wolves) and promising prospect Jeremy Morin.

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Ramsay the next Thrashers Coach, Deals Done

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore:

The Thrashers will officially name Craig Ramsay as the francishe’s fifth head coach on Thursday. The announcement will come later this afternoon. The 59-year-old Ramsay has served as assistant coach with the Boston Bruins the past three seasons.

In a conference call to discuss the two trades the Thrashers made early Thursday morning, general manager Rick Dudley said he “won’t tip our hand” about the new coach. However, he did acknowledge that he has spoken to Ramsay “quite a bit.” He said the two had coffee in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and Ramsay had dinner with team president Don Waddell Wednesday night.

There is a report from TSN that John Torchetti, the Chicago Blackhawks assistant who was the other leading candidate for the head coach job, would join the Thrashers as an associate head coach. I have not confirmed that.

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Panthers’ Tallon eyes Draft to Rebuild Team

From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:

With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.

Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.

You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.

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Bruins in Good Spot

From the Boston Herald’s Stephen Harris:

The Bruins [team stats] were not a team that needed a major overhaul this offseason.

The B’s could have stood pat, kept their roster all or mostly intact, and likely been a solid playoff team next season. The problems of last season were about questionable attitudes - for certain key individuals and at times for the team as a whole - and, of course, injuries.

But this team finally got its act together late in the season and came within a bounce of the puck of reaching the third round of the playoffs.

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Major NHL Awards Elude Crosby

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi:

The youngest captain of a Stanley Cup champion apparently needs to win over NHL writers and players, but not members of his organization.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby finished third in voting for the Hart Trophy (MVP) to Vancouver Canucks center and NHL scoring leader Henrik Sedin, who also bested Crosby for a spot on the NHL’s first All-Star team.

The Hart and All-Star teams are voted on by select members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Blackhawks Breakup Dampens Keith’s Norris Win

From CBC’s Tim Wharnsby:

Chicago Blackhawks blue-liner Duncan Keith capped off a wonderful season, in which he won Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup, by receiving the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the NHL.

But his spirit was somewhat subdued because hours before the NHL annual awards ceremony at the Palms Hotel, the breakup of the Blackhawks had begun. Chicago general manager Stan Bowman began the difficult task of alleviating his team’s salary cap concerns by shipping out power forward Dustin Byfuglien to the Atlanta Thrashers in a multi-player trade.

The Winnipeg-born, Fort Frances and Penticton, B.C.-raised Keith found out about the trade from teammate Patrick Sharp while the two were enjoying the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.

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Edmonton trades 6th round pick to Chicago for RFA C Colin Fraser

From various sources, the Edmonton Oilers have dealt a 6th round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for soon-to-be RFA center Colin Fraser.

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Thrashers Trade Vernace, Sterling and a 7th Round Pick to San Jose for future considerations

From the Thrashers:

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded defenseman Mike Vernace, forward Brett Sterling and a seventh-round selection (188th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the San Jose Sharks for future considerations, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.

Vernace, 24, appeared in 62 American Hockey League games last season for the Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs, tallying 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).

The 6-2, 200-pound defenseman appeared in 12 NHL games with Colorado during the 2008-09 season and has posted 71 points (nine goals, 62 assists) in 236 career AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Lake Erie Monsters, Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs. Prior to his professional career, Vernace recorded 124 points (23 goals, 101 assists) in 138 career games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League

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Chicago deals Byfuglien, others to Atlanta for picks and prospects

The Chicago Blackhawks lowered their payroll significantly today, trading Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers for the #24 overall pick (originally New Jersey’s), the 54th overall pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

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