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From various sources, the Edmonton Oilers have dealt a 6th round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for soon-to-be RFA center Colin Fraser.
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
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.
From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:
OK, what would you do?
Your team has zero selections in the first two rounds of this week’s National Hockey League draft in Los Angeles.
Your team was the third oldest, and the most senior of the non-playoff outfits.
Your team produced the fewest goals in the entire league.
From the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy:
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli just might be entering the most important week of his career.
With four picks among the first 45 selections in this weekend’s NHL draft in Los Angeles, Chiarelli has the opportunity not only to fortify the future but also do some wheeling and dealing to get his stuck-in-the-second-round club over the hump.
And you can bet Chiarelli has been and will be hoping to get something, and perhaps something gargantuan, done.
Per various sources, the Minnesota Wild have obtained enforcer Brad Staubitz from the San Jose Sharks for a 2010 5th-round draft pick.
From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo:
Brent Flahr seems like a quiet, innocent, unsuspecting guy, but when you work with him, you learn awfully fast to never turn your back.
Take Shep Harder, the Wild’s director of hockey administration. He’s allergic to mayonnaise, so during a recent meeting, when Harder asked for “no mayo” on a sandwich, Flahr made sure it had extra mayo.
Luckily, Flahr didn’t kill Harder. But it made for a lot of laughs when Harder ran out minutes later with indigestion.
From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:
Jarome Iginla plans to flick on his television Friday night and take in the soap opera better known as the NHL Entry Draft.
In doing so, the Calgary Flames captain predicts his annual round of sympathy pains for the young men in starched suits and breath-constricting neckties.
“I remember my draft day,” Iginla says via telephone from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous — or that excited — in my whole life.”
From the Toronto Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:
Will Taylor or Tyler be No. 1.?
Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will provide the answer when he steps up the microphone Staples Center in Los Angeles Friday and announces the top selection in the NHL entry draft.
While there’s not much of a gap between Windsor Spitfires winger Taylor Hall and Plymouth Whalers centre Tyler Seguin, one is going to be the cornerstone of the Oilers’ rebuilding program.
“I believe both are going to be ready to play next year,” said Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, who will select second with a pick he acquired last year from the Maple Leafs, who got back Phil Kessel.
From the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:
The Windsor Spitfires were in the midst of their Ontario Hockey League Hockey League playoff series against the Plymouth Whalers, and deep in the bowels of the Compuware Sports Arena, Spitfires left-winger Taylor Hall was alone and in the zone.
Headphones in his ears, one with his thought process, the object of Hall’s focus was the red road hockey ball he stickhandled feverishly back and forth with his stick.
It’s this single-minded ability to tune into the task at hand and pour his energy into the objective, added to his incredible speed, skill set and hockey smarts that leave scouts drooling over the possibility of calling Hall’s name during next week’s National Hockey League entry draft.
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