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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Anton Khudobin.
“James is a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively,” said Francis. “He has a big, right-handed shot, and he will be an important part of our blueline and power play moving forward.”
Wisniewski, 31, completed his 10th NHL season in 2014-15, totaling eight goals and 26 assists (34 points) in 69 games with Columbus and Anaheim. The Canton, MI, native ranked tied for third among NHL defensemen in power-play goals (7). He played 56 games for the Blue Jackets before being acquired by Anaheim at the trade deadline in exchange for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
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2015 NHL DRAFT WRAPS UP ON NHL NETWORK, TVA SPORTS
The 2015 NHL Draft wraps up today at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., with Rounds 2-7 beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET (NHL Network-U.S., NHL Network-Canada, TVA Sports).
OILERS SELECT MCDAVID FIRST OVERALL . . .
The Oilers selected Connor McDavid from the Erie Otters (OHL) with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, marking the fourth time in the past six years that the club made the top selection. The others: Taylor Hall in 2010 (Windsor Spitfires, OHL), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011 (Red Deer Rebels, WHL) and Nail Yakupov in 2012 (Sarnia Sting, OHL).
McDavid became the seventh OHL player drafted with the No. 1 overall selection in the past nine years, following Patrick Kane in 2007 (London Knights), Steven Stamkos in 2008 (Sarnia Sting), John Tavares in 2009 (London Knights), Taylor Hall in 2010 (Windsor Spitfires), Nail Yakupov in 2012 (Sarnia Sting) and Aaron Ekblad in 2014 (Barrie Colts).
“I think it was even better than I expected,” McDavid said. “I didn’t know how it would feel. I wasn’t too nervous; I was just anxious. Just so excited to hear your name called and go through all that.”
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a second-round selection (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft from New Jersey in exchange for right wing Kyle Palmieri.
Palmieri, 24 (2/1/91), appeared in 198 career NHL games for Anaheim, collecting 43-46=89 points with a +11 rating and 90 penalty minutes (PIM). He also played 17 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, earning 6-2=8 points with 18 PIM. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (26th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Palmieri ranked tied for second among team leaders in power-play goals (5) and tied for third in power-play points (11) last season.
“I think you’ve got to give Donnie [Sweeney] a lot of credit. He just stepped into this role with a lot on his plate. There was a lot going on, and some tough decisions to be made. Personally I’m pretty impressed with how he handled it.
“That’s not to say I’m happy that Doug Hamilton and Milan Lucic are gone. We just lost two pretty good players, but those were moves that probably had to be made with the situation we were in, and the cap and everything else. They decided to make some decisions regarding the future of the Bruins, and they had to make those decisions. I’m a coach that likes to have the support of upper management, so I’m going to support upper management on that.”
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
via Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Eddie Lack is on his way to Carolina as part of a shakeup in the Hurricanes crease.
The Vancouver Canucks are sending the 27-year-old goaltender to the Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick in Saturday’s draft and a seventh-rounder next year, according to two sources.
The Hurricanes currently have Cam Ward ($6.8-million) and Anton Khudobin ($2.5-million) under contract for 2015-16.
The Swede is a cheaper option — he’s owed $1.3-million in the final year of his deal — and could prompt a subsequent move for the Hurricanes.
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I was expecting Jim Nance to appear with Daryl Katz to help put the Green Jacket on McDavid.
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