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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“We’re definitely moving in a direction that is going to be different,” Gillis said yesterday.
On the draft, Gillis said that size doesn’t matter to him, and that he is just as likely to choose a smaller player with more competitiveness than one with ideal height and bulk. He said that Everett Silvertips forward Kyle Beach, considered one of the boom-or-bust prospects this weekend, has been unfairly portrayed as a bad boy and that the Canucks plan to interview him for a second time before Friday’s first round.
Gillis also hinted that players from Russia, who may be difficult to lure to North America, probably won’t figure into Vancouver’s plans.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
In a development overshadowed by European soccer and Blue Jays batting slumps, the NHL Players’ Association met this week for their annual meeting in Colorado Springs. A group of 80 veteran players spent the better part of three days at a resort in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains listening to the union’s various staffers explain the countless ways in which Bettman is full of it….
Bettman was the star of this show. NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly showed a May 30 Toronto Star article that explained how Canadian clubs account for 31 per cent of the league’s ticket receipts.
Then he showed an interview of Bettman by the CBC’s Ron MacLean during the Stanley Cup final. “In one instant, Bettman says he didn’t read the Star story, and in the next breath, he’s quoting directly from it,” says a player who was at the meeting. “It’s a joke.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
San Jose, Florida and the Carolina Hurricanes are considered to be among the most likely to make a significant trade.
Sharks captain Patrick Marleau is a name making the rounds this week along with his teammate Jonathan Cheechoo. The Marleau rumours always seem to surface, but sources say San Jose did have trade discussions last year with the Vancouver Canucks in a deal that was to include Canucks’ forward Ryan Kesler.
from the CP via TSN,
Junior hockey phenom John Tavares has found a new agent.
He’s signed on with Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency a little over a month after splitting ties with Bryan Deasley.
“John has a bright future,” said CAA agent Pat Brisson. “CAA Hockey is looking forward to working with him and his family and providing them with all of our resourses.”
Nick Kypreos was just on Fan590 in Toronto and stated Ryan Malone has been telling people that Columbus, along with Toronto is one of the teams he does not want to play for. Nick feels Columbus is just trying to show an effort to sign a player.
Take it as you wish….
added 9:29pm, As a KK reader pointed out in the comments,
Left wing Ryan Malone said Tuesday he plans to opt for free agency—a significant blow to the Penguins’ chances of trading him for a pick in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft.
“We will not talk to anyone until July 1,” said Malone, who will become an unrestricted free agent on that date.
more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via 680 News,
Trade talk. “There’s no doubt that a lot of teams are looking to do something,” interim Toronto Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher said Tuesday. “There will be a lot of dialogue.”
Some years the entry draft serves as a platform for several blockbuster moves. Other years, it’s quiet.
“We’ve certainly had discussions,” Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday. “(But) the state of our discussions is still pretty preliminary.
“There is a lot of chatter but that’s what it is right now - chatter.”
The annual meeting of the Selection Committee was held this past Tuesday to select this year’s inductees to the HHOF, in the Player, Builder and Referee/Linesman categories. “Players eligible are those that retired prior to the 2004-2005 season.”
via Legends of Hockey:
Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Ed Chynoweth was posthumously elected. In the Referee/Linesman Category, Ray Scapinello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
Update 4:47pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail has more on today’s inductees.
A note from the league—
NHL Network’s special Draft programming begins Friday, June 20, with the NHL Draft Preview Show live from Scotiabank Place at 6 p.m. ET. After all 30 first-round selections are made, NHL Network will be the place to be for the live NHL Draft First Round Recap Show. Fans can tune-in for instant analysis of how their favorite team fared as NHL Network breaks down all of the Round 1 action.
The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday will start at 7 p.m., ET. In Canada, NHL Network will simulcast TSN’s live coverage of Round 1, which begins at 7 p.m., ET. RDS in Canada also provides live coverage of Round 1. In the U.S., VERSUS will air TSN’s live feed of Round 1 in its entirety. NHL Radio’s live audio coverage of Round 1 can be heard on radio stations across North America, on XM 204 and on NHL.com.
Update 2:16pm ET: George Malik at Snapshots has rounded up a nice selection of online Draft coverage out there today.
From James Duthie at The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Here’s what happened: Chris Chelios was atop the bar, Coyote Ugly style, Cup in hand, with the packed crowd cheering madly. At some point there was an attempted handoff to Brett Lebda. Whether it was the chaos of the crowd, or the…umm…content of the blood, balance was lost. Down went Lebda. Down went Stanley.
And no, the dent wasn’t “slight”.
In fact, it needed emergency service. Mike Bolt, the Keeper of the Cup, was taken to Joe Louis Arena, where Stan, like a forward who took a puck in the eye, was placed gently on the trainer’s table in the Red Wings dressing room, and operated on.
In preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, I threw together a short Q&A for both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who are covering the event for Kukla’s Korner.
First, meet Erin Nicks. (Even Gary Bettman has learned to stay out of her way…)
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