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I was expecting Jim Nance to appear with Daryl Katz to help put the Green Jacket on McDavid.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi's big moment came away from the draft floor with the Lucic trade.
"I do think every player on our team just grew three inches and put on 10 pounds of muscle," Lombardi said Friday on a conference call. "So that don't hurt."
The Bruins also will pick up $2.75 million of Lucic's $6-million salary for next season, no small issue in a world constrained by salary caps. Boston drafted Lucic, and he won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 but realized his days with the rebuilding organization were numbered when he started hearing trade rumors.
"I had a lot of mixed emotions in the last 48 hours," Lucic said in a telephone call from Kelowna, British Columbia. "I kind of had that nervous, anxious, excited, sad, all-in-one feeling, going on in my stomach this morning. Like something big was going to happen."
Lombardi, whose team missed the playoffs this past season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2014, looked at his organizational charts and boxes and seized the chance to check the power-forward/left wing box.
"It's the Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy-type trio that most people think is the ultimate-type line," Lombardi said of the Islanders icons. "We also wondered whether Gabby [Marian Gaborik] was better on the right [wing].
"To get a player like Clark Gillies, there's not many like this in the league, that can play with top players and bring that element."
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Winner: Buffalo Sabres. They ended up with Jack Eichel, who might be the best American prospect since the 1980s, plus a new starting goalie in Robin Lehner, veteran center Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn. They gave up Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov and prospect J.T. Compher.
Loser: Boston Bruins. It's hard to find anyone around the hockey world that believes the Bruins received enough compensation for Dougie Hamilton. They also traded Milan Lucic. The team ended up with two extra first-round picks, but three first-round players are not going to help immediately. These trades won't make the Bruins better next season. It's worth noting how salary-cap stress played a role in the Bruins' decisions.
What didn't happen: The Chicago Blackhawks didn't start trading veterans to ease their salary-cap pressure. GM Stan Bowman said Friday was about concentrating on the draft. The Blackhawks are looking to trade Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg. The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't trade anyone off their roster.
via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Hextall is trying to trade Vinny Lecavalier to gain an immediate $4.5 million in salary cap money. He's also believed to be shopping both Nicklas Grossmann and Luke Schenn, which gain him a combined $7.1 million and give him a legit chance to make a major move in free agency next week.
Hextall admitted the focus Friday was more about the draft and there was so much “stress” that he felt handling the roster might be suited to tackle Saturday morning.
In fact, Hextall thinks something could go down Saturday that offers the Flyers some much needed cap relief.
"We've talked, people have called us and they know we have a lot of defensemen," Hextall said. "I don't know how it's going to shake out or whether something happens (Saturday) or after July 1.
"I'm confident something will happen."
These type of things are best left for Day 2 of the NHL draft, Hextall said.
"The second day is a little more relaxed," he said. "I think it's easier."
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
... even with Sweeney shipping out two of the Bruins’ top players, the newbie GM insisted he is not rebuilding a team that is just one season removed from a President’s Trophy and two removed from going to the Stanley Cup Final.
“Our expectations are to make the playoffs, absolutely,” Sweeney said Friday night. “With our goaltending, with the core group of our guys, our strength up the middle of the ice — we had players that didn’t score to the level they were supposed to last year. Are we going to continue to look to improve our club? Absolutely.”
The Bruins, though, were not improved on Friday, at least not in the near future. They traded two major talents under the looming threat of free agency and salary-cap constraints. With the re-signing of defenseman Adam McQuaid, the Bruins have $59,341,667 committed to 15 players for the 2015-16 season.
Although the Lucic trade was not a stunner, the Hamilton trade was a surprise. Sweeney met with Hamilton’s agent, J.P. Barry, Wednesday night in Florida, and had made what the general manager termed a “very significant contract offer” to Hamilton, one he believed was in line with comparable players. The Hamilton camp countered with a number that was not in the same region.
“It didn’t lead us to where we thought we’d be able to [sign him] with him being comfortable being part of our group long term, so that sort of changed the course a little bit,” Sweeney said.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
A year into his tenure, Treliving arrived at this draft armed with a whack of of draft-pick chips to ante and sizeable cap space to play with.
As it turns out, he exploited those assets to full advantage.
“There was a little wrestling back and forth (with Boston GM Don Sweeney),” Treliving said in Florida. “(Draft picks) are important assets. But I look at this as part of our plan going into the deadline — to get additional picks. To me, just looking at the landscape with the cap the way we figured it could be, we thought there might be opportunities and second-round picks would be good capital as you get closer to the draft.
“I’d like to have another one of those second(-round picks) back, but Donnie pushed hard on the deal. At the end of the day, we think it’s fair. We’re excited to get the player.”
Now, folks, understand: This is a 22-year-old Dougie Hamilton, not a 22-year-old Doug(ie) Harvey. Still, he’s a Top 4 NHL defenceman, in his early 20s, whose potential for improvement, particularly inside the sort of incubation environment head coach Bob Hartley has managed to cultivate here, is positively lip-smacking.
With man-mountain Zdeno Chara now 38 and Johnny Boychuk dealt away, Hamilton had been tentatively pencilled in as the B’s next linchpin defenceman, fully worthy of his ninth overall selection in the 2011 draft. He’d posted up a blueline-high 42 points in 72 games for the Bruins last season.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So, Glen Sather was unable to parlay the interest in Cam Talbot into a first-round selection in the NHL draft that commenced with round one on Friday night.
But that does not mean the Blueshirts’ general manager, whose backup netminder had drawn serious interest from six teams — the Flames, Oilers, Sabres, Stars, Sharks and Panthers — as the day began, necessarily overplayed his hand.
Nor does it mean Talbot will remain a Ranger by the end of Saturday, when rounds two through seven will be conducted.
Indeed, The Post has learned the Flames, who sent the 15th, 45th and 52nd overall selections to the Bruins for Dougie Hamilton in the afternoon, intend to go back at it and submit a bid for the Blueshirts’ incumbent understudy to Henrik Lundqvist.
Additionally, The Post has learned the Panthers have offered 25-year-old center Jimmy Hayes, older brother of the Rangers’ Kevin Hayes, to the Blueshirts as part of a package for Talbot, who would then become Roberto Luongo’s backup, at least for the short-term.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Murray talked with O’Reilly’s agent after the trade.
“I walked over and introduced myself around the fifth pick or sixth pick,” Murray said in BB&T Center. “They got him on the phone and I spoke to him. I told them that I hoped we could start talking contract extension whenever we’re able to, and that’s July 1.”
The Denver Post reported Friday night that O’Reilly asked the Avs for an eight-year, $64 million extension.
“You know going in when you make a trade like this that negotiations are going to be starting a high number,” Murray said. “We’re fully prepared for that.”
The 6-foot, 210-pounder joins a center corps that includes Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart. O’Reilly won 53.4 percent of his faceoffs last season and will give a boost to the Sabres, who finished last in the category at 44.9 percent.
“His hockey sense is off the charts,” Murray said. “I think he makes everybody around him better. I love his work ethic on and off the ice. I love his compete level. There’s nothing I don’t like about him.
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
- The Pittsburgh Penguins were rumored to be interested in Kessel and yes that’s true, but I think veteran general manager Jim Rutherford is going to slow play it and make the deal come to him and not the other way around. If at all. He wants a top-six winger for sure, whether that’s Kessel or Patrick Sharp or Jeff Skinner, there are lots of possibilities out there. But Rutherfrod is not going to be in a rush and force a deal.
- It seemed like a foregone conclusion Thursday morning that the Vancouver Canucks would deal Kevin Bieksa to the San Jose Sharks.
But the trade ultimately never got done. At least not yet.
There seemed to be disagreement over the year of the second-round pick involved, a source said; the Sharks wanted to send a second-rounder from 2016 and the Canucks wanted a second-rounder for 2015.
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