Draft day News and Rumor update – Evening edition

Minnesota – San Jose trade

New York Rangers favorites to land Brad Richards, plan to go all-out to get All-Star center: sources

Oilers re-acquire Smyth from Kings: report

Winnipeg Jets name returns


Minnesota – San Jose trade

The San Jose Sharks acquired the topflight defenceman they had been seeking, sending a package headlined by forward Devin Setoguchi to the Minnesota Wild for all-star Brent Burns.

The Sharks paid a steep price to acquire the 26-year-old Burns, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

They sent a former 30-goal scorer who hasn’t even reached his prime in the 24-year-old Setoguchi, last year’s first-round pick Charlie Coyle and the 28th overall pick in this year’s draft for Burns and a 2012 second-round selection.

Burns is one of the top offensive defencemen in the league, with his 17 goals last season ranking third among all blue-liners. He also had 29 assists, giving the Sharks another proven puck-moving defenceman to go along with veteran all-star Dan Boyle.


New York Rangers favorites to land Brad Richards, plan to go all-out to get All-Star center: sources

The NHL draft begins Friday night in St. Paul, but the Rangers are focused just as heavily on their immediate future as they are on which prospect they might add with the No. 15 pick.

The Blueshirts are emerging as the favorite to land the top unrestricted free agent in this summer’s class, All-Star center Brad Richards. The center, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs for the John Tortorella-coached 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, has been the Rangers’ top summer target for months, and they can sign him as soon as next Friday.

Sources have told the Daily News that the Rangers plan to go all-out to get their man, who had 28 goals and 49 assists for the Dallas Stars in the final season of a five-year, $39 million contract. Nobody seems to know what Plan B is for the Rangers, and one source indicated that the reason is that they are so confident they will land Richards, they don’t need a fall-back option.

The Canadian network TSN reported Thursday night that Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk asked Richards to waive his no-movement clause to allow Dallas to get something back for the exclusive rights to negotiate with Richards until he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 – a request that was then rejected. It is believed that the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers’ chief rival in the Richards sweepstakes, were the team that struck a deal with the Stars, but Richards’ agent, Pat Morris, told The News earlier this month that the 31-year-old had no intention of agreeing to a deal before reaching free agency.

Los Angeles also was expected to pursue Richards, but the Kings’ interest ended Thursday when they traded for Flyers center Mike Richards. It was a busy day Thursday for Philadelphia, which also signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year deal and traded Jeff Carter to Columbus. That led the Canadian network Sportsnet to report that the Flyers would look to bid against the Rangers for Brad Richards. The problem for Philadelphia would be fitting Richards under the salary cap, set Thursday at $64.3 million for next season – the Flyers are expected to have less than $4 million in free space, barring a further facelift for the franchise.


Oilers re-acquire Smyth from Kings: report

Captain Canada is back in Edmonton again.

On Friday, Ryan Smyth’s agent Don Meehan confirmed that the Edmonton Oilers reacquired their former longtime leader from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Gilbert Brule and a fourth-round draft pick.

Neither team has officially confirmed the trade, but Smyth had to waive his no-trade clause to OK the move.

Smyth spent just over 10 seasons with the Oilers franchise (1995-96 to 2006-07), leading them to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2006 when they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes.

He was dealt the following year to the New York Islanders for Robert Nilsson, Ryan O’Marra and a first-round pick.


Winnipeg Jets name returns

Winnipeg’s NHL team will be called the Winnipeg Jets.

The news, confirmed by CBC Sports earlier in the day, was officially announced by True North chairman Mark Chipman ahead of the team’s first selection at the NHL entry draft on Friday night in Minnesota — seventh overall.

Executive vice-president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff then stepped up to the podium and used the pick to take Barrie Colts centre Mark Scheifele. Scheifele, who led all Team Canada scorers at the Under-18 World Championships with six goals, recorded 22 goals and an OHL rookie-leading 53 assists in 66 games for the Colts last season.

The Kitchener, Ont. native put on a sweater bearing the black and grey colours of the NHL’s logo as he stood on the stage, meaning the team has not yet officially unveiled their new jersey.

The Canadian Press reported that the team is expected to go with a logo different from the one used by the previous incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets until the franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996.



Defenceman Brian Campbell has agreed to waive his no-trade clause in order to go to the Florida Panthers.

The Chicago Blackhawks sent Campbell to the Panthers in exchange for forward Rostislav Olesz.

Campbell still has five years left in his current contract at $7.1 million per year.

The 32-year-old defenceman had 27 points and was a plus-28 last year for the Blackhawks. The former sixth-round draft pick has 312 points in 11 seasons in the league.


28 Responses to Draft day News and Rumor update – Evening edition

  1. blaze says:

    Ok so the Leafs have a good day and make solid moves, but what now? It looks like Richards is NY bound. They used up assets needed to make a move for a top center, so unless Schenn is leaving I don't see any big trades comming.

    Burke had said they where looking to move the Philly pick after selecting Biggs for a player. I wonder who he was targeting but came short, Wiess maybe?

    The Leafs are desperate for help at center. If Bozak is a top center again the Leafs are going to have a hard time making the playoffs. So who is left to target?

    Tim Conolly, a band-aid option for a year. Go with a high cap hit to land the one year deal. For whatever amount of healthy time he plays could really be a boost to the Kessel line.

    Brooks Laich, if he could come in for something reasonable.  Not an ideal top line center but could add some size, grit and work ethic to wimpy Kessels line. Offers lots of versatilty he can play on the wing, and help the PK. Gives another option on the PP as we have few options for big guys in front on the net.

    Other than those two I'm not sure what else is realistic possible to help up the middle. Not all that interested in FA wingers the wings look alright.

    So if no one is picked up Grabos line is tops and you try a rotating cycle of Bozak-Colborne-Kadri in between Lupul and Kessel. Not a great way to insulate your sophomore goalie with scoring support.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    Maybe Jordan Staal.  If you ask people on the Pens NHL Forum, he is useless and sucks and is a loser and has no passion and no hands and has aids and etc, etc.

  3. albertateams says:

    Mixed feelings on Regehr agreeing to waive NMC. Buffalo is getting a great shut down D man and a guy (and his family) that does a ton in the community. He will be missed in Calgary for sure.

    Getting Butler, Byron and 2nd (2012) isn't a fantastic return but the flames are taking on no or very little NHL salary and they dump Kotalik. So 7 million out the door less than 1.5 coming back (of which less than a 1 million will be nhl salary).
    Even excluding Kotalik's salary that was buried in the minors most of last year. They are saving 3+ million. So is 3.15 million in cap space + Butler, +Byron +2nd 2012 worth Regehr.  I think its pretty solid.
  4. albertateams says:

    Forgot one thing please don't waste the cap space on Smyth or another inflated contract.

  5. 93killer93 says:

    The trade is actually

    Byron, Butler
    Regehr, Kotalik, 2nd 2012
  6. 93killer93 says:

    Ottawa trades their 3rd rounder(66th) to Columbus for Nikita Filatov. 

  7. albertateams says:

    Yeah just seen they switched who got the 2nd rounder Bob mac had it going to Calgary originally. 

    Not a fan of that deal at all.
    Don't like the term on Tangauy's new deal. 3.5 is fine but 5 years is too long should have been 3.
  8. blaze says:

    Good low risk, high reward move for the Sens.

  9. 93killer93 says:

    I think Calgary should have just kept Regehr. I don't like that return at all. 

  10. albertateams says:

    I agree. I hate it giving up a 2nd is just a bad move.

  11. blaze says:

    Staal would have been a great pickup. Again not an ideal top line center but a very talented versatile guy that would bring a lot to the table.

    Gotta wonder what Burke would offer for Staal as a late first is obviously not enough. Kadri and a 1st? Not suprisingly Staal is still a Penguin, hopefully aids free.

  12. blaze says:

    I agree, moving Kotalik is a win though. The worst thing out of all this is Buffalo just got that much tougher to play against, damn you Buffalo. Making the playoffs are going to be tough for the Leafs.

  13. albertateams says:

    Kotalik could have just been sent to the AHL again he only has one year left. Its just an awful deal for the Flames.

  14. blaze says:

    maybe ownership didn't wanna pay that AHL salary again this year?

  15. blaze says:

    5 years is way too risky, what did he do to deserve 5 years? I'd rather a 4mil cap hit or higher for 3 years, much safer.

  16. albertateams says:

    Could be, trade still sucks big time from a hockey stand point.

  17. albertateams says:
    I'd even rather a 2 year deal at 4.5 so it expires at the same time Iggy's. 5 years way to long Tanguay will be 36.

    I almost hate to ask but have you seen if there is a NMC attached to his deal? 

  18. i_know_hockey says:

    As a Buffalo follower Butler was a bottom-end top 4 guy for the team last year that struggled to stay in the line up, but got a bit better throughout the season and became more consistent.  As for Byron, the guy was an animal in juniors, but is def very small.  Last season he played a handful of games with the big club and surprisingly was one of the more feisty players as he used his speed well and played with an edge.  If he can translate his current AHL production he will be a solid NHLer.

    As for Kotalik this guy is dead weight.  He has lead for feet, but has a cannon of a shot.  He is prob one of the top 5 shootout players in the league, but for 3 mil that's a high cap to eat.

  19. albertateams says:

    The only change I've seen in the flames drafting is they are going with small skilled forwards, which isn't bad given we have been drafting tough big bottom nine forwards the past few years. 

    Although the stick boy might be bigger than John Gaudreau 5'6 137 lbs. I think I was that big when I was 12 or 13.
  20. cam7777 says:

    Not sure how the Rangers are the favorites.  Richard's agent just told the media he expects to meet in person with Brian Burke on July 1st, and believes Toronto is likely the best fit for his client.  Said he hopes Toronto is interested, lol.  Yea, I think they're interested.  The twist is that he wants 8 or 9 years.  Burke will have to talk him down to 6 or 7.

  21. MystifoLeafs says:

    Well at this point that seems to be Burke's angle to target a UFA or RFA for center, At this point I sure hope he leaves enough Salary to try and lock up MacArthur, although I am sure we can find a replacement he was just a great pickup last year and would love to see him again.

  22. cam7777 says:

    We have more cap space than we could realistically spend.  I wish people would stop worrying about it. 

  23. blaze says:

    No idea, but if he did than you've really got to question Feaster. What I want to know is where is this team going, what's the plan?

    The Flames sure does look like the Leafs at the end of the Sundin era. An aging star with a mediocre lineup that may or may not make the playoffs. Dumping a guy like Regehr doesn't help your playoff chances. A core built around Iginla, Tanguay, Bourque and Stajan isn't going to get a Cup.

    If I were a Flames either go for broke and give Iggy one last chance at a Cup in Calgary or blow the whole thing up and start over. These kind of almost sideways moves have to be questioned to a degree.

  24. blaze says:

    got a link to that?

  25. MystifoLeafs says:

    cam yes we have plenty right now but I don't want us to spend to the cap just because we can, no need to lock ourselves in with useless contracts right now.

  26. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Exactly ML.

    It's not always the here and now, it's next year, and the year after that, and the year after that …..

    Spending to the cap cause you can, sometimes prevents other moves you would like to make. Things don't always work out and having the ability to make moves is just as important.

    I am not worried about us spending to the cap, if we have managed it well. I know some say "spend, spend, spend. You have to spend to get the guy you want." I agree to a point.

    Point in case of over spending too much…look at what Philly has done just to get a goalie.

  27. frankinboltonleafs says:

    The Rangers are the favourites because they are prone to handing out ridiculous contracts. He didn't waive his NMC/NTC because that would kill the 7/1 bidding war. The agent knows that's his clients best shot and since the agents cut is a percentage…well…I'm just guessing here. Here's a question as I can't remember the timeline. How close was Burke's firing in Vancouver in relation to Luongo's signing? I really can't remember…was it Nonis or Gillis?

  28. DannyLeafs says:

    Burke was long gone before the signing of Luongo, also he wasn't fired, he was just not signed back as GM after his contract expired. There's not much difference, as either way you look at it, Vancouver decided they didn't want him any longer, but it was more of a we need to try something new, than you've done a terrible job. Burke brought them to a point, and they decided they needed someone else to bring them that extra step.

    Gillis signed Luongo to his 12 year contract that he has now.

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