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NEW YORK, June 25, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Holden, 29, skated in 82 games with Colorado this past season, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado – and led Avalanche defensemen – in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado – and one of two Avalanche defensemen – who skated in all of the team’s 82 games in 2015-16.
The 6-4, 210-pounder has skated in 221 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2015-16) with Columbus and Colorado, registering 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, along with a plus-one rating and 74 penalty minutes. Holden established career-highs in goals (10), assists (15), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2013-14. In his three seasons with the Avalanche (2013-14 – 2015-16), he led Colorado defensemen in hits (491), and he ranked third among Colorado defensemen in goals (21), assists (40), and points (61).
The St. Albert, Alberta, native was originally signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2008.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 25, 2016) – A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2016 NHL Draft, which concluded today at First Niagara Center.
Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:
Country # of Selections
United States 52
Czech Republic 4
The Flyers, with the 48th overall pick, selected the first goaltender of the 2016 NHL Draft (Carter Hart). It marked the latest it has taken for a goaltender to be selected at the NHL Draft since 1986 (60th overall – Shawn Simpson).
Another tweet from McKenzie,
The pick in TOR-CBJ is a conditional 5th. If Harrington is put on waivers by CBJ and gets claimed, CBJ gets a 5th. If he clears, no pick.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with forward Trevor Lewis on a four-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 29-year-old Lewis (born on Jan. 8, 1987) is a 6-1, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City, Utah who appeared in a career-high 75 regular-season games last season with the Kings. He registered 16 points (8-8=16) and 20 penalty minutes and was selected as the Kings Unsung Hero (voted by the players) for the fifth consecutive year. In five post-season games, Lewis registered two goals (2-0=2), tying for the team-lead.
A first-round (17th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Lewis has appeared in 424 regular-season games all with the Kings, posting 89 points (35-54=89) and 91 penalty minutes. Lewis was selected as the Kings Unsung Hero (voted by the players) for the fifth consecutive year. In 75 playoff games he has posted 23 points (11-12=23) and 16 penalty minutes.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Jack Campbell from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Campbell, 24 (born Jan. 9, 1992), appeared in 19 regular-season games with the Texas Stars (AHL) last season, posting a 7-7-5 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .884 SV%. He played in three playoff games with Texas, registering a 1-2 record, a 4.45 GAA and a .880 SV%. Campbell appeared in 20 regular-season games last year with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) as well, posting a 14-5-1 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV%.
The 6-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Mich., Campbell made his NHL debut (only NHL appearance) in the 2013-14 season making 41 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has appeared in 122 regular-season games with Texas, posting a 56-43-10 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .908 SV% and nine shutouts. He was also a member of the 2013-14 Calder Cup Championship team. Campbell has made multiple appearances for Team USA, highlighted by two Gold Medals at the U18 World Junior Championships (2008-09 and 2009-10), a Gold Medal and a Bronze Medal at the U20 World Junior Championships (2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively) and a Bronze Medal at the 2014-15 World Championships.
Ebert, 22, has appeared in 89 regular-season AHL games (with Ontario and Manchester) posting 26 points (10-16=26), a plus-15 rating and 46 penalty minutes. He was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Kings in 2012 NHL Draft.
added 11:38am, Dallas release is below...
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via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Just saw BUF and FLA reps at Central Registry table. I think this might be Kulikov
Hearing Kulikov to BUF. Not sure of return yet.
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Blackhawks needed a player like him, a player with heart.
But it's not like he has an abundance of talent. From a skill standpoint, frankly, there's nothing he does all that well.
His best attribute might be that he's willing to fight for space in front of the net and can tip pucks past goaltenders with virtually any part of his anatomy.
The truth, however, is that Shaw is a mediocre talent and the Hawks couldn't afford his asking price.
He was a fan favorite on a small, soft team that had few gritty players, and Shaw -- despite being only 5-foot-11, 180 pounds -- played like one of the Hawks' biggest players.
And Hawks fans will miss him.
GM Stan Bowman tried to sign him, but Shaw thought he was worth more than the Hawks were willing to pay, and that's why he's in Montreal today, in part because he was a victim of the salary cap, but also because he put too high a price on his limited ability.
Joel Quenneville will not be happy that Bowman could not retain one of the coach's favorite players, though they did trade Teuvo Teravainen in hopes of having enough cap space going forward to keep Shaw around, and they did about all they could to keep Shaw in Chicago.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers made like the person on line at the deli counter of a supermarket whose ticket is numbered 81 while Ticket No. 1 was being served. Which is to say, the Blueshirts waited … and waited … and waited through a night largely devoid of drama that began with Toronto’s first-overall selection of Auston Matthews.
The Blueshirts did not move Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Kevin Klein (Klein surfaced Friday as possible trade bait). The Blueshirts are not offering their assets at a discount. And while Kevin Shattenkirk remains in St. Louis after a deal with Edmonton collapsed, the Rangers are not pursuing the right defenseman with only one year remaining on his contract prior to potential free agency.
But it is not as if the carriage turned into a pumpkin at midnight. This was not the trade deadline. Gorton, whose team has selections 81, 98, 141, 171, 174 and 201 as the draft concludes with rounds two through seven on Saturday, will continue to work on deals in advance of July 1 free agency.
The Rangers have $56 million in cap space committed to a shadow roster of 15 players (two goaltenders, five defensemen and eight forwards), thus leaving $17 million to complete the 21- or 22-man roster. That $17 million would include the approximately $9 million to $10 million it likely would take to re-sign impending restricted free agents Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath (if not traded).
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he would take the best player available, regardless of position. Then, he turned his back on the best player available and everyone at First Niagara Center knew it. The media on the risers raised their eyebrows and a vocal crowd keened.
What was this man doing?
Kekalainen was in discussions all afternoon with his counterpart from Calgary. If he wanted to move Sergei Bobrovsky’s fat contract and gain some cap relief, Calgary was a good partner. If he wanted to trade down in the process, Calgary was a good partner, and so was Edmonton.
There was a deal to be done. Toronto was not trading out of the No. 1 hole; the Leafs wanted Auston Matthews. Winnipeg was not trading out of the No. 2 hole; the Jets wanted Patrik Laine. That left Kekalainen with the prime trading asset in the draft, the No. 3 pick. He talked all afternoon. He did nothing.
The Finnish GM sent his Finnish scout to the microphone to announce that the Blue Jackets had selected Pierre-Luc Dubois of Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Where was the other Finn?
Nothing against Dubois, who won the QMJHL’s Best Professional Prospect award. He is a versatile center who fills an area of need. He might be a terrific player in a year or two or three. The point is this: Every scout in the world rated three players at this draft as NHL-ready. The third was Jesse Puljujarvi. After him, there was a cliff.
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