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Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Possible trades to look for at the NHL Draft

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren got a head start on the trading at the NHL Draft, usually a very busy day of activity not only in the drafting, but in the player swapping. So before the GMs all gather on the same floor, here are some names that might have a different jersey by night's end.

Robyn Regehr: The Flames defenseman has reportedly been asked to waive his no-trade clause by the team, which is still awaiting word. That's because Calgary apparently has a deal in place to send Regehr to Buffalo, but some other suitors might be waiting in the wings, too. Regehr is a physical defenseman who brings plenty of grit and size (6'3, 225) to any blue line.

Kris Versteeg: Holmgren cleared enough room to sign Ilya Bryzgalov Thursday and is still under the cap to try and re-sign Ville Leino, Andreas Nodl and Darroll Powe. But just to help get everybody he wants on board, there might be another move or two to make, starting with Versteeg. Rumors begin swirling on Thursday that Versteeg had been traded to Florida, reunited with the GM that drafted him in Chicago, Dale Tallon. While those were false, there might still be some smoke to that fire. His contract calls for just over $3 million for next season before becoming a restricted free agent.

Ryan Smyth: The L.A. Kings veteran was rumored to be seeking a return to Edmonton, where he spent the majority of his career. The fit in Edmonton might not be ideal. But he could still be on his way out of town as Calgary continues to look more and more like the landing spot for Smyth, be it at the draft or after. Either way, it seems certain Smyth won't be back in Tinsel Town.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Burke is always one of the busiest GMs at the draft, and this year figures to be no exception. “I’m not reluctant to move those firsts, based on the depth we’ve added the past couple of years,” Burke told the Toronto Sun. “If we can trade those picks and get better now, we’re going to." The names of Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Dion Phaneuf have been thrown out as potential targets in the past, especially for JSG after the Leafs signed James Reimer to a new contract earlier this offseason.

Florida Panthers: While the Panthers are looking to keep adding through the draft and thus don't seem too interested in getting rid of draft picks, they have a long ways to go before even hitting the salary cap floor of $48 million. According to capgeek.com, the Cats are only at $18 million committed for next season, which means they have to add a ton of salary, which could be ideal for any teams looking to unload some higher salaries.

Expect there to be a lot of trade activity in the next two days with the free-agent class this year not being a very strong contingent. A lot of teams looking to add that missing player or two could find the trade market a lot more suiting to their needs.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:39 am
 

Daily Skate: Winnipeg name today? Flyers not done

PEGGING A NAME: True North CEO Jim Ludlow told the Winnipeg Sun that a name for the team has to be announced very soon. Then Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted early Friday that Winnipeg was expected to release the name just before making the seventh pick in tonight's NHL Draft. Now clearly the overwhelming crowd favorite has been to bring back the name and logo of the Jets. Other names that have been floated around include the Falcons, Moose, Ice Bears and my personal favorite from the Twittersphere, the Phoenix. The question is which name would be best?

TAKING OFF: Philadelphia still has a lot to come after Thursday's flurry. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News says the Flyers would love to move even higher in tonight's draft (they're at No. 8 after trading Jeff Carter to Columbus) as they covet Swedish winger Gabriel Landeskog. Now he figures to go No. 2 or No. 3 overall, so Philly would have to make a move to get him. One potential could be a deal with Dale Tallon and Florida at No. 3, who have been in talks about moving up as well as down. Yesterday there was a lot of smoke building about reuniting Kris Versteeg and Tallon via trade, and Seravalli says it makes a lot of sense, especially when you swap the team's first picks. If the Flyers don't go that route ... or even if they do ... they might take a serious shot at pulling Steven Stamkos from Tampa Bay if a new deal isn't signed by July 1. Far-fetched, but a possibility.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: When the Flyers made their two trades yesterday, it didn't really enter GM Paul Holmgren's mind that he was shipping the team captain out of town. But one of myriad questions now for Philly is who wears the C next? CSN Philly says all signs point to Chris Pronger, who is no stranger to being captain, a position he held while playing in Anaheim and St. Louis. But Danny Briere (Buffalo) and Kimmo Timonen (Nashville) have also been captains at one point in the NHL and Timonen currently wears an A on his sweater.

SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN: For the first time in the franchise's history, the Ottawa Senators begin the process of rebuilding tonight. Since building up from an expansion franchise, the team hasn't been in a situation quite like this and the Sens have an arsenal of draft picks at their disposal, having 12 spread out over the seven rounds. That means there is little to no way the Senators don't leave the draft a) having stockpiled their organization with prospects or b) having made a tremendous impact on their roster and the draft by making some moves. Either way, silversevensens makes the argument this is the most important draft in Ottawa's history.

SOCAL HAS HART: In true Southern California style, Corey Perry took his two new trophies -- those would be the Hart and Rocket Richard -- to the Santa Monica pier for a photo op. Jeff Miller of the OC Register relayed a great story from the scenes where a little boy asked if they were celebrating a championship. When he was told no, that Perry was the MVP, the boy responded, "So he's like Kobe Bryant?" Kind of, kid, especially with that killer instinct he showed in the clutch this season.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:46 am
 

Morning Skate: Chicago makes push minus depth

At some point, the personnel departures had to catch up with the Chicago Blackhawks

Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Antti Niemi , John Madden, Brent Sopel and Dustin Byfuglien were either dealt or let go after the ‘Hawks won the Stanley Cup last season, mostly for salary cap reasons. Still, Chicago rallied midseason and were all the way up to fourth place in the Western Conference as recently as March 14.

The Blackhawks have played .500 hockey in the four games since -- including a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday -- and enter tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. 

The slip coincides with recent injuries to Patrick Sharp (knee) and Dave Bolland (concussion). 

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  • Minus the depth of a season ago, the Blackhawks could very well join the 2007 Carolina Hurricanes as the only teams in the last 72 years to miss the playoffs a season after hoisting the Stanley Cup. 

    The Blackhawks, however, are hardly focusing on who they don’t have in the lineup and are looking toward what they have to do to make it into the postseason, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports
    “Maybe we go .500 and maybe that's not good enough," winger Patrick Kane said. "That puts us at 96 and we don't get in. Hopefully, we'll be better than .500."

    So somewhere between four and eight victories would appear to get the Hawks a postseason berth. They have three games remaining against the Wings, and one each against the Bruins, Blue Jackets, Lightning, Canadiens and Blues.

    "It would be nice to win a lot of them," Kane said. "You don't want to put a number on it because you don't want to set any expectations for yourself that are too low. We have to worry about Detroit right now and try to get two points there. It's a tough schedule remaining. You can't look past anyone." 

    The Blackhawks have 88 points, a point ahead of the Calgary Flames and two points up on the Dallas Stars.  Chicago has the second-toughest strength of schedule (.597) -- calculated by points percentage of future opponents --  for the remainder of the season, according to the NHL. 

    Chicago coach Joel Quennville appears to be shuffling around the players he has at his disposal, Jess Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports

    Kane and Jonathan Toews were put with Troy Brouwer at practice on Sunday. Marcus Kruger centered a line with Bryan Bicklel and Marian Hossa. Michael Frolik centered the third line with Jack Dowell and Thomas Kopecky at the wings. Viktor Stalberg, who had been playing with the first line in place of Sharp, moved to the fourth line with Ryan Johnson and Fernando Pisani

    The changes come a day after the forward Corey Perry – part of the Ducks’ top line -- scored twice with Blackhawks’ No. 1 line on the ice. 

    The ‘Hawks could get Sharp, injured March 20 against the Phoenix Coyotes, fairly soon. Quennville said this weekend that Sharp was making “rapid progress.” But the same can’t said for Bolland, who took a hit to the head March 9 that led to a two-game suspension for Tampa’s Pavel Kubina, is apparently still suffering concussion-like symptoms and Quennville said there was no change in his status. 

    SUNDAY’S RESULTS
    Pittsburgh 2, Florida 1 (SO)
    Atlanta 5, Ottawa 4 (SO)
    Vancouver 4, Columbus 1
    Boston 2, Philadelphia 1

    -- A.J. Perez   

     
     
     
     
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