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Philadelphia/Buffalo Trade

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via the Philadelphia Fyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the club's first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Flyers' own second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hagg, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.

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30 Trade Targets

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from Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff,

Happy NHL Draft Day 2021. There’s plenty on the move, so hurry up and dive in to read about the 30 Trade Targets in play before everything changes.

1. Jack Eichel
Center, Buffalo Sabres
Age: 24
Contract: 5 years remaining at $10 million AAV
Scoop: The asking price for Eichel seems to be “fantastical” by all accounts. Teams are on high alert in the hours leading up to the first round of the NHL Draft. The Rangers, for one, were calling around to teams inquiring about a pick inside the Top 10 – believed to be part of the ask from Buffalo to get into the Eichel ballpark. Buffalo wants a futures-type transaction with multiple picks and prospects. It’s still difficult to imagine a scenario in which Eichel returns to the Sabres next season, but this weekend should be a strong indicator of the odds on that.

2. Seth Jones
Right Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets
Age: 26
Contract: 1 year remaining at $5.4 million AAV
Scoop: There is no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks are working hard to pry Jones loose from Columbus. The belief is Chicago is not willing to part with either Alex DeBrincat or Kirby Dach in a deal. The leverage Chicago has is there are few markets where Jones is willing to sign long-term – and that have the ability or interest in trading for him. Chicago is one of them. The difficulty for Columbus is teams do not want to pay twice, both the acquisition cost to get him, then the cost to sign him.


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On Waivers Today For Buyout Purposes

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Videos- Alex Nedeljkovic And Michael Rasmussen Meet With The Media

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Nedeljkovic first, 18 1/2 minutes.  Rasmussen is below.


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Videos- Nedeljkovic Saves And Larkin Questions

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Four minutes to watch the saves from Alex Nedeljkovic in 2021.

Below, a few questions for Dylan Larkin.


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What Will The Wings Do With Their Two First Round Picks Tonight? What Do You Want Them To Do?

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Detroit has the 6th and 22nd pick in the 1st round of the NHL Draft tonight, 8pm ET on ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, and TVAS.

So this is a two part question, feel free to answer one, both or none.

What will the Wings do with their first round picks tonight and/or what do you want them to do?

No rules to this, have some fun and let's drop the puck (in 83 days).

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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

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The Rangers have made a considerable financial commitment to Goodrow. That was the easy part. Now management must make the commitment to build a unit around the new man and put him in a position in which he can make the most impact. If not, if the idea is to just throw him onto a line with, say, Kreider and Filip Chytil, the Rangers might just as well have given the money to me.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the Rangers.

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Why The Carolina Hurricanes Moved Alex Nedeljkovic

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from Sara Civian of The Athletic,

Nedeljkovic was in a unique situation as a 25-year-old pending RFA goalie with only so many NHL games under his belt. The way he swooped in during Petr Mrazek’s injury and excelled had potentially earned him a big payday. He was arbitration-eligible and asking for a contract with a $3.5 million average annual value. That was already high from the Hurricanes’ perspective, and if they went to arbitration, there was some risk of the salary being set even higher.

The lack of comparables to point to — goaltenders who had made it to the NHL on similar paths — made it hard to predict the outcome.

“We tried to get a contract done with Ned, and we couldn’t get one done. The agent was playing very hard,” Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said in an exclusive interview with The Athletic on Thursday. “He’s got an arbitration case that (could have paid him) somewhere around $3, $4, $5 million....

But why couldn’t the Hurricanes have avoided arbitration by just paying the $3.5 million he was seeking?

While Nedeljkovic has tons of potential and is coming off a great season, the Canes weren’t ready to take a big-money chance on a player with a relatively small sample of success.

Let’s remember that Nedeljkovic has only played 29 regular-season NHL games. Yes, he has a .928 save percentage over that span and was in the top five in goals saved above expectation this past season, but he also has a .904 save percentage across a concerning larger sample: 154 games in the AHL. And in his only NHL season with more than one game played before 2020-21, he had an .887 save percentage and 3.05 GAA.

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Video- How Would Zach Hyman Do In Edmonton?

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The Draft And The New Goalie In Town

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It's going to be an interesting day and an interesting weekend," general manager Steve Yzerman said Thursday....

"In some cases you're talking about players that didn't play this year," Yzerman said. "For our scouting staff, it was a challenge for them to see some of the players and travel to get to certain locations was challenging, interesting.

"But Kris (Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting) and his staff have been very diligent and thorough and done the best they could. Ultimately, this draft class, moving forward, is the most unpredictable, generally, of a very unpredictable process."...

The Wings have been linked with Swedish forward William Eklund, Michigan forward Kent Johnson, junior forward Mason McTavish, or defensemen such as Luke Hughes (United States National Team Development Team) or Simon Edvinsson (Sweden).

And the pool of players who could go to the Wings at 22 is even wider and deeper.

Yzerman and his scouting staff are ready.

"I don't want to say we have no clue (of how things will shake out), we have somewhat of a clue, but that remains to be seen," Yzerman said. "It's going to be very unpredictable. I don't know what other teams, what their lists, are (like)."

With the Wings still in the midst of a rebuild, expect them to go after the best player available, and not for need at a particular position.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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