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Amazing Speed

Last night during the Draft, I spent the majority of my time with the writers from NHL.com.  We all dream of doing what they do, but let me tell, you this, I don’t know if we could handle it.
First off, these guys are true professionals, they know what they are doing and do it with such amazing speed.
One thing stands out in my mind from last night- Watching Shawn P. Roarke type- with the two finger method.  I was going to film it but I don’t think my fps (frames per second) were fast enough to capture his hunt and peck prowess.  Simply amazing and I am thinking about them now.  During the 1st round, they had about 5 mintures between picks, now they are coming in much quicker.
Those boys deserve a nice steak dinner, perhaps at Morton’s when they are done for the day!

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RBK Jerseys

See how the new jerseys look in NHL08…  Only a few teams, those who have released their new design.

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Ducks Re-Sign Defensemen O’Donnell and Huskins

From the CP via TSN,

The Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim Ducks re-signed defencemen Sean O’Donnell and Kent Huskins to two-year contract extensions Saturday.
O’Donnell will received US$1.25 million per season while Huskins’ deal covers $1.25 million ($600,000 next year and $650,000 in 2008-‘09).


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All The Talk

Walking around the media area of the Draft yesterday, I saw an awful amount of folks tuned into Spector’s Rumor site.  Lyle I am sure is working his tail off right about now.
I can add a little Detroit talk too, Bertuzzi is looking for a longer contract and may get it from a few teams, one probably NOT being the Wings.  Hasek $$$ keeps getting tweaked and Wings are hoping Schneider will take a home team discount.

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Back Home

I left Columbus about 7:30am this morning, and now typing from my desktop at the Kompound.
Just a quick update now, the salary cap talk last night was it should be right around $50.5M. 
Some of the GMs are hoping for a home team discount to sign some of their own UFAs.

The NHL Draft was like a huge conference.  Numerous break out sessions for different team departments.  People gathered here and their, chatting in private and I must have seen Lou Lamoriello in about five of those different chats.

More on my experience at the Draft in a bit.

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11 Americans Drafted 1st Round?

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

The NHL reported that there were 10 Americans drafted in the first round, tying a record set in 2006, but Brandon Sutter - who is listed as having been born in Red Deer, Alberta, said in his interview scrum that he was actually born in New York, when his dad played for the Islanders. That would actually make it a record 11 American first-rounders on a nice night for American hockey, which began when Patrick Kane and James vanRiemsdyk were chosen first and second overall.

more… (plus more odds and ends from day 1)

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Raycroft Welcomes the Competition

From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,

For the record, Andrew Raycroft did not spend yesterday afternoon chucking blue-and-white darts at a photo of Vesa Toskala.
Nor did he retreat into the woods near his native Belleville and start burning the official flag of Finland, the country Toskala calls home.
On the day the Maple Leafs made a candid statement about the state of their goaltending situation by acquiring Toskala from the San Jose Sharks, most observers figured Raycroft would be oozing with bitterness.
But Raycroft wasn’t about to give his critics the satisfaction of hearing him whine. That wasn’t about to happen.


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Alexei Yashin Free Agency Speculation

From Michael Russo at the Post-Bulletin,

With moderately priced, top two-line centers at a premium this summer and the Wild in the market for one, don’t be surprised if the team investigates signing the enigmatic Alexei Yashin when free agency begins July 1.
Yashin, who has alternated between superstar and sleepwalker throughout his 11-year NHL career, had the final four years of his contract bought out by the New York Islanders this month.
The buyout was finalized this week, meaning teams are free to talk to his representatives but can’t sign him until July 1.
Although the Wild has not yet called his agent, the Wild likely would be interested in Yashin if it could sign him to a one-year deal in the $2 million range.


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Draft Order Rounds 2-7

Draft order below is subject to changes (for instance, Florida just exercised its option to take Tampa’s #47 pick).  The 2nd-7th rounds of the Draft start at 10am EDT and can be watched on the NHL Network (Canada) or on NHL.com’s live stream online.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Saturday’s Draft Order
31. Buffalo (from PHI)
32. Phoenix
33. Vancouver (from L.A.)


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Panthers: From Luongo to Vokoun

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

What a difference a year makes.
At last year’s NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers traded franchise goalie Roberto Luongo. On Friday afternoon, hours before the 2007 draft kicked off, the Panthers got another in return.
The Panthers, kings of draft-time blockbuster trades, pulled off another by sending three picks to the Nashville Predators for goalie Tomas Vokoun.


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