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Calgary/Carolina Trade

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added 2:12pm, Calgary and Carolina releases is below.

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The Latest On John Tavares

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Pat Brisson, agent for John Tavares, confirms that his client will use the UFA speaking period to chat with 5 teams

and I know this is obvious thing to say, but just like Steven Stamkos did two years ago, Tavares could still decide to re-sign with the Islanders after hearing out other teams. We'll see.

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Ilya Kovalchuk Will Sign With The Los Angeles Kings

from the Los Angeles Kings,

The LA Kings and forward Ilya Kovalchuk have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

"We are excited to add Ilya to the LA Kings organization. He gives us an added element of skill and scoring along with a desire to win. We will withhold further comment until July 1," said Blake.

The 35-year-old Kovalchuk (born April 15, 1983) is a 6-3, 230-pound native of Tver, Russia who appeared in 53 regular-season games this past season with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), recording 63 points (31-32=63), 26 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating.



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Quinn Hughes A Great Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, not typically prone to displays of ebullience, could barely contain his glee.

"I’m so happy and so excited for our fans that he was there because he’s a dynamic skater and can run a power play," Benning said. "With all the skilled forwards we have coming and our young goalies, this is really exciting. He’s such a skilled, exciting, dynamic player.

"He’s going to fit perfectly with the style of game we want to play because he can get back, get the puck and beat the first forechecker with speed. He can transition the puck up ice either by skating or making a good play. And he plays fast.

"Some luck came our way this year. We had a good day today."

The Canucks need a skilled, fast, offensive defenceman like the polar ice cap needs a cold spell. Vancouver’s last elite power-play quarterback was Paul Reinhart, who retired in 1990.


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Winners And Losers From Round 1 Of The NHL Draft

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Winner: New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. Owning the No. 11 and No. 12 picks in the draft, Lamoriello landed the second-best pure goal scorer in Oliver Wahlstrom and one of the top three available defenseman in Noah Dobson.

Loser: Fans. Several trades were expected and only one was transacted. This was projected to be an exciting draft, but the trade market was all talk and no action.

“That was kind of a boring first day or first round,” Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said. “It’s not typical for this day.”

Winner: Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland: With the No. 6 pick, the Red Wings landed Zadina, one of the most exciting offensive players in the draft. With the No. 30 pick, they landed Joe Veleno, a hard-working, high-character center who was projected to go much earlier.

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Videos- Recap Of Round 1 Of The NHL Draft

You have two choices, the short version (5:22 NBCSN)....



Or the long version (16:41 Sportsnet) below...

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Notes From Round 1 Of The 2018 NHL Draft

DALLAS (June 23, 2018) – Following are notes from the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas, held Friday at American Airlines Center:

The Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (Trollhattan, Sweden) No. 1 overall in the 2018 NHL Draft, making him the second Swedish-born player taken with the first pick. The other: center Mats Sundin (Bromma, Sweden) in 1989 by the Quebec Nordiques.

Dahlin surpassed 2017-18 Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman (No. 2 overall by TBL in 2009; Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) as the highest-drafted Swedish-born defenseman in League history.

Dahlin also became the eighth player born outside North America chosen with the No. 1 overall selection in the NHL Draft – and second in as many years:

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Washington Trades Brooks Orpik And Philipp Grubauer To Avs For A Pick

Colorado release is below.

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Open Post- 2018 NHL Draft

TV Coverage begins at 7:00pm ET on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

The NHL Draft starts just after 7:30pm and feel free to comment on the picks, trades, etc.

Rounds 2-7 will start at 11:00am ET on Saturday and televised on the NHL Network and Sportsnet.

This post is yours, feel free to comment away.

Sportsnet Draft Tracker and Signings and Trades.

TSN Draft Tracker, Trade Tracker and Free Agent Tracker.

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Naming Names

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The NHL Awards are over, which means that the yelling could begin.

Every year, there are votes that boggle the mind, and this year was no exception. Some of them are egregious -- like Mathew Barzal getting anything less than a first- or second-place vote for the Calder Trophy -- and some of them are just curiously baffling, like putting Vladimir Tarasenko fifth on a Selke Trophy ballot in the hopes that he eventually plays defense, one assumes.

Fans see these votes, and start hurling bile at the voters for their malfeasance. For example: Who left Nathan MacKinnon off their Hart Trophy ballots completely, when the Colorado Avalanche center had one of the most rock-solid cases for either winning the award or finishing second?

Well, it turns out that Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle and Steve Zipay of Newsday did. None of them voted Taylor Hall of the Devils, who won the award, in first place either. Hickey had both Evgeni Malkin (first) and Sidney Crosby (fifth) on the same ballot.


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