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From Donna Spencer of CP,
To be the first player taken in the NHL draft is prestigious, but it’s no guarantee of future stardom in the NHL.
Yes, Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur were chosen No. 1 in their respective draft classes. But so were Alexandre Daigle and Patrik Stefan.
The chances are good that a team will at least get a solid NHL player at No. 1 and will get productive years from him. Ottawa defenceman Chris Phillips is an example of that.
But even the top pick is a risk. Why? Scouting 17-year-old hockey players is an inexact science, says the director of NHL Central Scouting.
The Nashville Predators have traded goaltender Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers for a first-round pick and two second-round picks.
Vokoun, 30, was 27-12-4 with a 2.40 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 44 games with the Predators last season. He missed time in the middle of the season with a thumb injury, and backup Chris Mason ended up putting up even better numbers (24-11-4, 2.38, .925).
From Market Wire,
The Ottawa Senators today re-signed veteran centre Dean McAmmond to a multi-year agreement.
McAmmond, 34, joined the Senators for the 2006-07 season as a free agent on Aug. 2. He recorded 14 goals, 15 assists and 28 penalty minutes over 81 games. McAmmond also contributed eight points (5 goals; three assists) and 11 penalty minutes in 18 post-season games.
In 14 NHL seasons, McAmmond has collected 393 points (164 goals, 229 assists) and 414 penalty minutes in 804 career games. He also has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 37 post-season appearances.
All the speculation going on about the new NHL jerseys, I thought this seemed timely…
The study focused on America’s National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) and found teams wearing black uniforms were more likely to be penalised than those wearing a lighter colour.
It also found teams wearing black uniforms were ranked near the top of their respective leagues in penalties.
Gilovich says there are two reasons why black uniforms tend to attract more whistle blowing.
“Firstly, it is because of the association between black and evil. What I’ve found is borderline infringements by members of black-uniformed teams look more aggressive and thus elicit more penalty calls,” he says. [...]
“Secondly, the association with black leads to a feeling of power, forcefulness, and aggression on the part of players wearing black uniforms.
“Wearers of black uniforms tend to play more aggressively, which increases the chance of them getting penalised.”
The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Tyler Arnason to a two-year contract through the 2008-09 season.
Arnason, 28, finished sixth on the Avalanche in scoring last season with 49 points in 82 games. Arnason, who was one of only five Avalanche players to appear in every game last year, has now played all 82 games in three of the past four seasons.
“Tyler had a good season for us last year and we look forward to him building upon that success,” said Avalanche Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere.
Note: More on Colorado’s current draft pickings, etc, can be read in the Denver Post today.
From Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star,
Many questions will be answered tonight when the first round of the NHL Entry Draft gets under way. Will Patrick Kane or Kyle Turris go first overall? Will Chicago trade the first pick?
But there are many more intriguing plots for draft watchers to follow. Here’s a sampling:
The Malkin Factor: Russia’s Alexei Cherepanov, on talent alone, deserves to be among the top four picks. But the NHL lacks a transfer agreement with the Russian hockey federation. A team that drafts him risks lengthy legal battles — a la Malkin — to get him in North America. He may drop as a result.
From Adam Proteau of The Hockey News via Toronto Star,
In dealing for Vesa Toskala Friday, Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson admitted that Andrew Raycroft, his draft-day acquisition at the 2006 entry draft, hasn’t panned out as he had hoped. A natural-born pessimist might fault Ferguson for that, while an optimist might at least give him credit for not stubbornly sticking by his alleged No. 1.
But Ferguson’s insistence on signing Toskala to a contract extension makes no sense whatsoever.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Veteran forwards Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Penguins, sources tell TSN.
Both players were scheduled to become free agents on July 1.
Amid reports that both the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs would pursue Roberts heavily, Roberts agreed to a deal worth $2.5 million.
Recchi’s deal is worth $2 million against the salary cap and includes bonus provisions to get to that amount.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Chicago defenceman Adrian Aucoin has agreed to waive his no trade clause to permit a deal to the Calgary Flames along with a seventh-round pick in 2007.
In exchange, the Flames will send defenseman Andrei Zyuzin and prospect Steve Marr to the Blackhawks.
Or, for something to break up all this non-stop Draft talk, how about just a few NHL Bloopers…
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