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Detroit Draft Picks Rounds 4-7

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Calgary/Carolina Trade

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added 1:49pm,


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added 2:12pm, Calgary and Carolina releases is below.

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  Tags: adam+fox, dougie+hamilton, elias+lindholm, micheal+ferland, noah+hanifin

The Latest On John Tavares

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via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Pat Brisson, agent for John Tavares, confirms that his client will use the UFA speaking period to chat with 5 teams

and I know this is obvious thing to say, but just like Steven Stamkos did two years ago, Tavares could still decide to re-sign with the Islanders after hearing out other teams. We'll see.

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Detroit’s Three Picks In The 3rd Round

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note: Regarding the next 4 rounds, I will recap those when the draft is over.


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Ilya Kovalchuk Will Sign With The Los Angeles Kings

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from the Los Angeles Kings,

The LA Kings and forward Ilya Kovalchuk have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

"We are excited to add Ilya to the LA Kings organization. He gives us an added element of skill and scoring along with a desire to win. We will withhold further comment until July 1," said Blake.

The 35-year-old Kovalchuk (born April 15, 1983) is a 6-3, 230-pound native of Tver, Russia who appeared in 53 regular-season games this past season with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), recording 63 points (31-32=63), 26 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating.



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Wings’ Two Selections Early In The 2nd Round Of The NHL Draft

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added 11:41am, Video highlights of both players are below....

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Open Post- Detroit Red Wings Rounds 2-7 2018 NHL Draft

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You can watch Day 2 of the NHL Draft today beginning at 11:00am on the NHL Network or Sportsnet.

Picks the Wings have today...

Round 2: #33 and 36

Round 3: #67, 81 and 84

Round 4: #98

Round 6: #159 and 160

Round 7: #191

added 11:03am, Live stream of Day 2 is below.

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Quinn Hughes A Great Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

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from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, not typically prone to displays of ebullience, could barely contain his glee.

"I’m so happy and so excited for our fans that he was there because he’s a dynamic skater and can run a power play," Benning said. "With all the skilled forwards we have coming and our young goalies, this is really exciting. He’s such a skilled, exciting, dynamic player.

"He’s going to fit perfectly with the style of game we want to play because he can get back, get the puck and beat the first forechecker with speed. He can transition the puck up ice either by skating or making a good play. And he plays fast.

"Some luck came our way this year. We had a good day today."

The Canucks need a skilled, fast, offensive defenceman like the polar ice cap needs a cold spell. Vancouver’s last elite power-play quarterback was Paul Reinhart, who retired in 1990.


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Winners And Losers From Round 1 Of The NHL Draft

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Winner: New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. Owning the No. 11 and No. 12 picks in the draft, Lamoriello landed the second-best pure goal scorer in Oliver Wahlstrom and one of the top three available defenseman in Noah Dobson.

Loser: Fans. Several trades were expected and only one was transacted. This was projected to be an exciting draft, but the trade market was all talk and no action.

“That was kind of a boring first day or first round,” Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said. “It’s not typical for this day.”

Winner: Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland: With the No. 6 pick, the Red Wings landed Zadina, one of the most exciting offensive players in the draft. With the No. 30 pick, they landed Joe Veleno, a hard-working, high-character center who was projected to go much earlier.

more winners and losers...

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Videos- Media Blitz

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Filip Zadina...



Below, the Red Wings select Joe Veleno who then answers questions from the media and Ken Holland after round 1...

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