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from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
Unfortunately, it’s not as if the Panthers get a massive upgrade. Boynton, once a potentially good defensemen, now lays on the second-pair plateau and has missed significant time two of the past three two seasons because of injury. Ballard’s only 25, young for a defenseman, yet don’t expect him to blossom into Scott Niedermayer.
Boynton and Ballard join defenseman Bryan Allen, whom the Panthers got when they traded goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver; center prospect Shawn Matthias, whom they got from Detroit for Todd Bertuzzi, the big piece in the Luongo deal from Vancouver who played only eight games for the Panthers; and Vokoun, who came to the Panthers for a package that included the conditional pick the Panthers got from Detroit for Bertuzzi.
That’s what the Panthers have from their Steal to Start the Century.
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft kicked off in Ottawa with a flurry of big trades on Friday night, and the Calgary Flames led the way early with two major deals.
The first move saw general manager Darryl Sutter acquire forward Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in a three-team deal that also involved the Anaheim Ducks. Calgary sent its 17th overall pick to the Kings for Cammalleri, and the Kings then shipped that pick and the 28th overall selection to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the Ducks’ 12th overall draft pick.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In some ways, Gainey shares many of the same qualities as Sundin. They are both soft-spoken, resolute and like to do things in orderly fashion.
Accordingly, the first order of business for Sundin is to determine if he’s going to play at all next year. Thus far, he has not provided his agent, J.P. Barry, with any guidance along those lines. Until he does, all the other talk is just a lot of white noise.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
We received permission to talk with him late yesterday and it was even later in Sweden,” said Gainey. “We didn’t talk numbers. We wanted to introduce ourselves and we got to know a little bit about each other and we’ll get to know each other better.”
Gainey said he planned to have additional talks with Sundin tomorrow or Monday.
Sundin would give the Canadiens the impact centre they have been seeking. He’s 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds and has been one of the NHL’s elite players since he arrived from Sweden to join the Quebec Nordiques in 1990. He’s 37 but he’s coming off a 76-point season and has had at least 72 points in each of the past 12 seasons.
We are updating the NHL Draft Live Blog on KK on a very regular basis. All the news coming from the draft will be in that post until it completes tonight.
Also, there seems to be a wifi issue in Ottawa tonight. I am sure it is being worked on and hopefully the writers there will soon be able to update.
Guest writers Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend. This post will be updated with random news through the evening. Original post-time is 5:26pm. All times EST. Updates will be time-stamped and added below.
5:26pm—Erin: Zach Bogosian, on his travels to Ottawa and the surrounding areas to train…
“I’ve been coming up here 4-5 days a week – it’s pretty bad on gas, but it’s worked for me for the past couple of years. Obviously (fitness guru) Lorne Goldenberg has trained some great players like Gary Roberts and Cory Stillman – he helps me out a lot. That’s one of the main reasons why I’ve succeeded over the past few years – he made my body ready for the rigours of the NHL.”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Just days before Henrik Zetterberg skated with both the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy, I was talking with a scout about Detroit’s uncanny ability to pluck gems like the stylish Swede from the depths of the draft.
“How do their bloodhounds sniff ‘em out better than anyone else?,” I wondered.
“They don’t,” he said. “They’ve just stumbled across a couple while feeling around in the dark. It’s all dumb luck.”
Sour grapes from a rival? Hardly.
continued with some prospects who may drop down in the draft…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to encourage Mats Sundin to decide his playing future before July 1.
In the past 24 hours the Montreal Canadiens were granted persmission by the Maple Leafs to speak to Sundin’s agent about the possibility of the 37-year-old signing in Montreal.
Update 3:45pm ET (alanah): For a blast from the past, below is a video of Sundin when he was selected in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. I don’t think I would’ve even recognized him…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
However, Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, said he’d had no direct offers from any team in Russia and it wouldn’t matter anyway because Malkin is not interested in going home to play.
“He’s been focused, since Day 1, on doing an extension with the Penguins,” said Barry. “We’ve had discussions with them, since the end of the playoffs, on a framework and expect to have something done with the team early in July.”
They also suggested that Malkin doesn’t want to play anywhere other than Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future — and has no plans to return to Russia,...
more on Malkin…
From John Kreiser on Canucks.com,
A look at the best picks in the history of the NHL Entry Draft, by where they were selected in the first round. (Up and coming includes players from 2003-07)
No. 1 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh, 1984)—If the Penguins had not drafted Lemieux in 1984, the franchise likely would have left Pittsburgh two decades ago. Lemieux was brilliant from the day he arrived, and eventually the Penguins built a supporting cast that helped him lead the franchise to back-to-back Stanley Cups. Had he stayed healthy, it would have been interesting to see whether he could have broken some of Wayne Gretzky’s scoring records. Perhaps the most physically talented player in NHL history.
After the mixed information yesterday, the Thrashers have now confirmed their choice of head coach, John Anderson. From the Globe & Mail:
“John has an impressive record of success as a head coach and we are excited to be adding him to our organization,” said [GM Don] Waddell. “He’s a proven winner whose leadership and experience behind the bench will play a vital role in the resurgence of our hockey club.”
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