Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:29 pm
By: Adam Gretz
MINNESOTA SENDS SHEPPARD TO SAN JOSE For the third time this summer the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks completed a trade, with the latest one being a relatively minor transaction. On Saturday night the Wild sent forward James Sheppard to the the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2013. Sheppard was the ninth overall pick in 2006 and has been a disappointment thus far, having scored 11 goals in 224 NHL games.
DID THE FURRIES BREAK SOME NHL NEWS REGARDING THE 2012 DRAFT? Word has quickly spread over the past couple of weeks that the 2012 NHL Entry Draft could be held in Pittsburgh, and this past week the rumors managed to take a turn for the absurd. Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News points out that the rescheduling of a Furry convention (you know, the people that dress up like animals), which was supposed to take place in Pittsburgh the same weekend as the NHL Draft, could be a sign that the draft is returning to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1997. The city asked the Furries to reschedule due to an opportunity to host a rare event its wanted to host for several years, which is assumed to be the NHL Draft. IceBurgh would approve.
LEBDA HITS THE WAIVER WIRE According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Nashville Predators placed defenseman Brett Lebda on unconditional waivers on Saturday, perhaps so they can buy him out. Lebda spent last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he scored one goal in 41 games, and was traded to the Predators, along with forward Robert Slaney, this summer in a deal that sent Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson to Toronto.
WHEN GLOBAL ECONOMICS AND HOCKEY COLLIDE In case you were wondering how the S&P's downgrade on US debt could impact the NHL (don't be afraid to admit it, you know you were asking), Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck has some possible answers. Interesting read.
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Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 8:59 pm
Skille, acquired from the Blackhawks in a trade for Michael Frolik and goalie Alexander Salak -- who also just got a deal from his new team in Chicago -- didn't do much in his limited time with the Panthers last season. He played in just 12 games, sitting 13 because of a high ankle sprain. In those 13 games, he scored just one goal and added one assist.
But Panthers GM Dale Tallon clearly still believes in Skille. It was Tallon, of course, who drafted Skille in Chicago with the seventh overall pick back in 2005. He might fit into what Tallon wants the 'Cats to become as Skille brings a physical presence and a tendency to crash the net, two things Florida has been lacking in recent years.
"We are pleased to have Jack return for the next several seasons," Tallon said Tuesday. "He is a high energy and hard working player who made the most out of his opportunity with our team, despite missing 12 games due to injury. We look forward to Jack’s continued contributions to our organization both on and off the ice."
Tallon is just getting warmed up.
The only other move he's made so far this offseason was re-signing young defenseman Keaton Ellerby and, according to the Miami Herald, is working on a new deal for Mike Santorelli -- who was the surprise of the team last season with his 20 goals and 21 assists.Tallon did, however, take care of another item on the agenda on Tuesday, making a coaching hire to be officially announced on Wednesday. Reports suggest it's former NHLer Kevin Dineen.
But where Tallon really made his name is in the draft, and the Panthers, much like last season, will be very active. Tallon doesn't have quite the arsenal of picks he had last year -- 13 in total -- but he plans on getting them.
"If we can achieve that and get a couple more picks this year, that would give us 24, 25 picks in a year -- that's like four drafts," he told nhl.com. "That really can set us up or the future and give us a strong foundation. That's what we're doing."
In addition to the plethora of draft picks Tallon will have, starting with third overall, he will have plenty of space under the cap to be active in free agency if he so chooses. More money might be available, too, depending how the rest of their free agents play out. The team's highest-paid player last season, Tomas Vokoun, is weeks away from becoming a free agent and the team is yet to decide if they will bring him back. Point being, Tallon will be an active part of the free-agent scene this year.
But his stated goal is to build through the draft, so while the Panthers might try and haul in some players from the market, don't hold your breath.
-- Brian Stubits
-- Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:34 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:43 pm
The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery Tuesday, allowing them to select first for the second consecutive year.
Only the five worst finishing teams this season --- Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders --- were eligible for the for the top pick. The Oilers, who selected forward Taylor Hall with the first overall pick last year, had the best odds (48.2 percent) to get the prized No. 1 selection.
“Winning this first overall pick is an important moment for the organization and it’s an integral part of the process moving forward,” Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said in a statement. “This is a very exciting time for our organization and our fans as this just adds to the already bright future of our team.”
The Colorado Avalanche will select second followed by the Panthers, the New Jersey Devils and the Islanders. The draft will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul from June 24-25.
Teams finishing seventh through 14th overall --- including Colorado which has a conditional pick from St. Louis --- also had a chance to move up the board and the Devils advanced the furthest, moving up four spots.
Ottawa, conversely, was knocked out of the top-5 and will pick sixth
Here’s a breakdown of the top-5, according to NHL Central Scouting:
1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, center, Red Deer (WHL). The Burnaby, B.C., native finished fourth overall in the WHL (106 points) and was an Eastern Conference starter in the league’s All-Star game. He was an assistant captain on Canada’s Under-18 team at last year’s 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and helped lead his country to gold.
2. Gabriel Landeskog, left wing, Kitchener (OHL). Born in Stockholm, Landeskog has joined the wave of foreign-born players heading to play juniors in Canada. He had an ankle injury that limited him to 53 games, but he compiled 36 goals and was a plus-27. He played in the Swedish Elite league at age 16.
3. Jonathan Huberdeau, center, Saint John (QMJHL). Huberdeau, who calls Laval, Quebec, home, was third in the QMJHL this season with 105 points, new club highs for points and assists (62). He was also a plus-59 on a team that tied the QMJHL record for most wins in a season.
4. Dougie Hamilton, defenseman, Niagara (OHL). The 6-foot-4 blueliner born in Toronto finished fourth in the OHL in scoring by a defenseman (58 points). His father won bronze in rowing at the 1984 Olympics as part of Team Canada and his mother competed on Canada’s women’s basketball team at the same Olympiad.
5. Nathan, Beaulieu, defenseman, Saint John (QMJHL). A native of Strathroy, Ontario, he is the second of seven Saint John players to make the Central Scouting rankings. He leads all defenseman in playoff scoring through the first round (eight points) and had a plus-44 rating during the regular season.
Top European player:
Adam Larsson, defenseman, Skelleftea (Swedish Elite League), He's in his second season with Skelleftea and also represented Sweden in the last two World Junior Championships.
-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:23 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 3:38 am
The unbridled fervor that was the 2011 trading deadline -- maybe we’re overstating that a bit -- is over. There were 35 players moved via 16 trades on Monday, sort of a letdown that some of us saw coming since so much movement occurred several days earlier. As our CBSSpors.com hockey writer Wes Goldstein points out, there were 21 deals involving 43 players and 17 draft picks in the first 27 days of February -- the most active month since the lockout.
But here’s a rundown of Monday’s transactions.
PENNER BACK TO SOCAL: The major deal of the day saw Dustin Penner, who came up the ranks with the Anaheim Ducks and helped lead them to a title in 2007, move from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers, in turn, received minor league defenseman Colten Teubert, a first-round pick this summer and a conditional third-round pick in 2012, which could become a second-round selection if the Kings break through and win their first Stanley Cup in team history. As Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports, the deal came to pass after the Kings were told Dallas Stars center Brad Richards was not available. The upside on Penner is that he has a year left on his deal, meaning he’s not your average rental.
CAPS MAKES MOVES, BUT NOT IN NET: The Washington Capitals made two separate trades before the deadline, dealing for defenseman Dennis Wideman (Florida Panthers) and center Jason Arnott (New Jeresey Devils.) But GM George McPhee didn’t add a veteran goalie. It was another indication that the club is happy to go with their oft-injured young duo Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth. This stance didn’t sit too well with columnist/author John Feinstein in December and while Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are each plodding through a horrid season in the scoring column, goaltending tends to be the Achilles for so many teams come playoff time. (Including controversies in net for the Caps the last two postseasons.) McPhee also told reporters that defenseman Mike Green would be out “a couple of weeks and maybe a little longer.”
FOX, TURNER IN FRAY: FOX and Turner are apparently checking out the possibility of bidding for the NHL television rights package, The Sports Business Journal reports this week. (Second item here.) That would make four networks -- including current rightsholder Comcast (NBC/Versus) and ESPN -- in the hunt for the league’s domestic TV rights, which are set to expire at season’s end. FOX could potentially put the NHL on its FX cable channel, while Turner may bring games to truTV, the channel formerly known as Court TV.
OH YEAH, THERE WERE GAMES: The Chicago Blackhawks, looking to avoid becoming only the second team over the last 70 years to win the Stanley Cup only to miss the playoff the following season, won their fifth consecutive game with a 4-2 decision over the Minnesota Wild on Monday. The win moves the ‘Hawks up to fifth place in the tight Western Conference standings, where fourth-place (Phoenix Coyotes) and 11th-place (Anaheim Ducks) are separated by just five points entering play Tuesday. Monday’s action also featured goalie Jimmy Howard, who signed a two-year extension with Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The first four goals scored in the game went into his net, but Drew Miller scored twice as the Wings tallied seven unanswered goals for a 7-4 win. Penner didn't make it in time for the game, but is expected to join the team in L.A. on Tuesday.
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