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The Los Angeles Kings Trade Nick Ebert To Dallas For Jack Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Jack Campbell from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Campbell, 24 (born Jan. 9, 1992), appeared in 19 regular-season games with the Texas Stars (AHL) last season, posting a 7-7-5 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .884 SV%. He played in three playoff games with Texas, registering a 1-2 record, a 4.45 GAA and a .880 SV%. Campbell appeared in 20 regular-season games last year with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) as well, posting a 14-5-1 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV%.

The 6-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Mich., Campbell made his NHL debut (only NHL appearance) in the 2013-14 season making 41 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has appeared in 122 regular-season games with Texas, posting a 56-43-10 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .908 SV% and nine shutouts. He was also a member of the 2013-14 Calder Cup Championship team. Campbell has made multiple appearances for Team USA, highlighted by two Gold Medals at the U18 World Junior Championships (2008-09 and 2009-10), a Gold Medal and a Bronze Medal at the U20 World Junior Championships (2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively) and a Bronze Medal at the 2014-15 World Championships.

Ebert, 22, has appeared in 89 regular-season AHL games (with Ontario and Manchester) posting 26 points (10-16=26), a plus-15 rating and 46 penalty minutes. He was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Kings in 2012 NHL Draft.

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Red Wings select Filip Hronek 53rd overall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 11:55 AM: The Red Wings have selected defenseman Filip Hronek with the 53rd overall pick:

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Red Wings select Givani Smith 46th overall

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Updated 4x at 12:05 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have selected Givani Smith with the 46th overall pick.

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Open Post- Day 2 Of The NHL Draft

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Dmitry Kulikov Headed To Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Just saw BUF and FLA reps at Central Registry table. I think this might be Kulikov

Hearing Kulikov to BUF. Not sure of return yet.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Datsyuk’s agent on the contractual trade to Arizona

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sovetsky Sport's Elena Korsun quotes the TASS News Agency, which spoke with Pavel Datsyuk's agent regarding the Wings' trading of Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes:

"Before leaving, Pavel signed the document in his contract [approving] a trade to another team. He always wanted to help Detroit," said [agent Dan Milstein] to TASS. "He also signed his retirement papers before his departure, and tomorrow we'll send those out to Arizona, and after tomorrow he can sign a contract with a KHL team."

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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Miss Andrew Shaw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Blackhawks needed a player like him, a player with heart.

But it's not like he has an abundance of talent. From a skill standpoint, frankly, there's nothing he does all that well.

His best attribute might be that he's willing to fight for space in front of the net and can tip pucks past goaltenders with virtually any part of his anatomy.

The truth, however, is that Shaw is a mediocre talent and the Hawks couldn't afford his asking price.

He was a fan favorite on a small, soft team that had few gritty players, and Shaw -- despite being only 5-foot-11, 180 pounds -- played like one of the Hawks' biggest players.

And Hawks fans will miss him.

GM Stan Bowman tried to sign him, but Shaw thought he was worth more than the Hawks were willing to pay, and that's why he's in Montreal today, in part because he was a victim of the salary cap, but also because he put too high a price on his limited ability.

Joel Quenneville will not be happy that Bowman could not retain one of the coach's favorite players, though they did trade Teuvo Teravainen in hopes of having enough cap space going forward to keep Shaw around, and they did about all they could to keep Shaw in Chicago.

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Nothing Yet From The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers made like the person on line at the deli counter of a supermarket whose ticket is numbered 81 while Ticket No. 1 was being served. Which is to say, the Blueshirts waited … and waited … and waited through a night largely devoid of drama that began with Toronto’s first-overall selection of Auston Matthews.

The Blueshirts did not move Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Kevin Klein (Klein surfaced Friday as possible trade bait). The Blueshirts are not offering their assets at a discount. And while Kevin Shattenkirk remains in St. Louis after a deal with Edmonton collapsed, the Rangers are not pursuing the right defenseman with only one year remaining on his contract prior to potential free agency.

But it is not as if the carriage turned into a pumpkin at midnight. This was not the trade deadline. Gorton, whose team has selections 81, 98, 141, 171, 174 and 201 as the draft concludes with rounds two through seven on Saturday, will continue to work on deals in advance of July 1 free agency.

The Rangers have $56 million in cap space committed to a shadow roster of 15 players (two goaltenders, five defensemen and eight forwards), thus leaving $17 million to complete the 21- or 22-man roster. That $17 million would include the approximately $9 million to $10 million it likely would take to re-sign impending restricted free agents Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath (if not traded).


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What Did Columbus Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he would take the best player available, regardless of position. Then, he turned his back on the best player available and everyone at First Niagara Center knew it. The media on the risers raised their eyebrows and a vocal crowd keened.

What was this man doing?

Kekalainen was in discussions all afternoon with his counterpart from Calgary. If he wanted to move Sergei Bobrovsky’s fat contract and gain some cap relief, Calgary was a good partner. If he wanted to trade down in the process, Calgary was a good partner, and so was Edmonton.

There was a deal to be done. Toronto was not trading out of the No. 1 hole; the Leafs wanted Auston Matthews. Winnipeg was not trading out of the No. 2 hole; the Jets wanted Patrik Laine. That left Kekalainen with the prime trading asset in the draft, the No. 3 pick. He talked all afternoon. He did nothing.

The Finnish GM sent his Finnish scout to the microphone to announce that the Blue Jackets had selected Pierre-Luc Dubois of Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Say what?

Where was the other Finn?

Nothing against Dubois, who won the QMJHL’s Best Professional Prospect award. He is a versatile center who fills an area of need. He might be a terrific player in a year or two or three. The point is this: Every scout in the world rated three players at this draft as NHL-ready. The third was Jesse Puljujarvi. After him, there was a cliff.

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The Leafs Have Their Center

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Now he becomes the most important player to pull on a Leafs sweater in more than three decades.

The team will be mindful not to bill him as such, but after essentially punting on the 2015-16 season to set itself up for the chance to pick No. 1, it’s tough to conclude otherwise. Matthews is the organization’s first top draft choice since Wendel Clark in 1985 and stands to become the cornerstone piece of a long-overdue rebuild.

Scouts project him out as a high-end No. 1 centre – the Leafs haven’t had one of those since Mats Sundin – and some compared him to Joe Sakic during a draft year where he dominated the Swiss League while playing for the Zurich Lions.

That Matthews will enter the NHL as a player of high interest during its centennial season is only fitting. Roughly 25 years have passed since the league embarked on a sunbelt expansion strategy designed to attract new fans and players to the sport.

He instantly becomes a poster child for that movement.


from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

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