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Talking Sedin Contracts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis met with Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent, JP Barry late Friday night following round one of the NHL Entry Draft.

The Canucks did not table a counter proposal to the Sedin’s recent, 12-year, $63 million dollar pitch, and sources say Gillis gave no indication a counter offer is coming.

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KK Live At The Draft

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Both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK today.  Their observations will be posted below as the day progresses and SENShobo is at the draft too, using Cover It Live.

added 1:54pm, from Erin,

A lot of speculation, but not many surprises were the order of the day for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  Whether we’ll experience a true first-round bust or sixth-round gem remains to be seen.  Obviously we all put an enormous amount of research and stock into the picks and where they fall, but at the end of the day, it’s still very much a crapshoot.

We’ve had a lot of fun here—much thanks to Kukla’s Korner and to all of the readers.  Hope to see you next year!

added 1:48pm, from Patrick,

Fittingly, Montreal picked up the 211th and final pick of the Draft from Pittsburgh. With the pick, the Canadiens took Finnish junior goalie Petteri Simila.

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Wings Select Landon Ferraro

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The son of Ray.

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Bouwmeester Traded To Calgary

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Panthers get Jordan Leopold (ufa July 1st) and a 3rd round pick.

added 10:29am, via Flames Insider,

So Sutter has a week to convince Bouwmeester to join the Flames.

It also means that the Flames must lose some salary somewhere.

In other words, it’s just starting.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester, jordan+leopold

Talking Hossa

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Holland met with Ritch Winter, agent for Hossa, the last two days in Montreal.

The two discussed possible deals, but probably not as high as Winter would hope.

“I think he (Winter) was hoping for something higher,” Holland said. “I told him this was as high as I could go before I had to start dismantling (the roster).”

Holland and Winter are expected to continue discussions throughout the weekend in Montreal, where the draft concludes today.

The Wings are offering Hossa a lengthy contract, maybe as much as eight to 10 years, at an average of $4 million to $5 million.


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Rounds 2-7 Today

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Want to know who was taken in the NHL Entry Draft today?  May I point you to the TSN Draft Tracker and The Hockey News pick-by-pick tracker.  Draft starts at 10:00am ET today and can be seen on the NHL Network.

If stories come out of the draft, I will be around all day and of course, informing KK readers about all the talk.

added 10:04am, Watch NHL Network streamed below…

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Flyers Get Their Hammer

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from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

“I made it sort of clear [and the end of the season] I would like to get a hammer, a guy who makes life miserable for the other team. This is one of those guys,” said the general manager. “I think we’ve made some strides in terms of revamping our defense over the last few years. You put Chris in our mix, and it makes our defense a good group.”

Pronger, who admitted he was not shocked at the trade, also thinks he will fit in perfectly with his new team.

“The style of the play that the Flyers have been known to play certainly fits my game,” he said via conference call. “They’ve got some great young talent and I hope to help not only develop the team into being one of the top teams in the league, but winning a Stanley Cup. I think that’s why we all play the game, is to win, and certainly the Stanley Cup is the pinnacle for our sport.”


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You Have To Wonder

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears the Devils might have received some compensation for Brent Sutter anyway.

The Devils made a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up three spots and select Swedish center Jacob Josefson with the 20th pick overall in the NHL Entry Draft tonight in Montreal….

The Devils were not entitled to compensation from the Flames for signing Sutter, who still had one year left on his contract when he resigned on June 9. So, was it just a coicidence that the Devils made the trade with Calgary only three days after the Flames hired Sutter?

“Total coincidence,” Lamoriello said.

more on the draft pick…

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A Lot Of Talk, Not Much Action

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from Spector’s Hockey,

After weeks of speculation leading up to the first round of the NHL entry draft there were almost no trades of note other than the Pronger to Philadelphia deal. So what happened? Could there be more trades during Day Two of the draft?...

Larry Brooks also reports the Senators asking price was “delusional”, noting the Rangers won’t part with Staal. Brooks also reported contrary to reports out of Toronto the Rangers and Maple Leafs didn’t discuss Wade Redden. The Maple Leafs are among eight teams on Redden’s “no-trade” list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There are 4 million reasons why the Senators won’t trade Heatley prior to July 1st and that’s the bonus he’s due on that date.

Pat Hickey reports Canadiens GM Bob Gainey is preaching patience to Habs fans as he continues his search for a big first line center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Lecavalier isn’t dealt to Montreal, or elsewhere, by the end of this weekend, he won’t be dealt at all in my opinion.


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Chicago Had Interest In Pronger

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from Tim Sassone of Between

The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, “We talked and the price was a little too stiff for us to pay,” Tallon said. “It would have been some good prospects and some players off our roster. We weren’t willing to overpay for him. We like him and he’s a great player, but we want to make a commitment to our core players.”

That’s fine, but then Tallon said, “Philadelphia obviously feels they’re close.”

Wait a second. Aren’t the Hawks close too? The rebuilding is over. This is a 104-point team that went to the West finals and the goal should be winning a Stanley Cup next season because nobody knows what the shelf life of this group will be. Even if it might have cost two No. 1 picks and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson and another prospect, missing out on Pronger was not a good start to the off-season.


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  Tags: chris+pronger

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