The Florida Panthers have traded their 2003 first overall selection to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Mikael Samuelsson and the third overall pick in the 2003 draft, TSN has learned.
Today is the day most have been waiting for. Draft time, but this draft seems to be the biggest of them all….. With a great order of kids going deep into the draft.
But the kids aren’t the only news, it’s the trades that are rumored to go down at 1:00pm Eastern. This should be one of the best drafts to watch…. You just know somthing big is going to happen. So let’s get ready.
The Boston Bruins have traded center Jozef Stumpel and a 2003 7th round pick to the Los Angeles Kings in return for a 2003 4th round pick and a 2004 2nd round pick.
In todays Newsday, Alahn Hahn reports that the St. Louis BLues are dangling All-Star Pavol Demitra and seem very interested in defenceman Roman Hamrlik. Could Demitra be heading to the island. Let me hear your thoughts.
Do the New York people know something that the Dallas people don’t about the Dallas Stars?
According to Sportsnet.ca, step 1 between the Rangers and Robinson is completed and it may be successfully completed.
If one took a casual look at Hockeytown, they’d be forced to draw the conclusion that the wheels were falling off.
Canes won’t try for No. 1 draft pick
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CP) – Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford insisted Thursday the frenzied trade talks involving Florida and the No. 1 draft pick will not affect Carolina’s game plan.
Whether or not Rutherford was wearing his best poker face, he said the Hurricanes are just fine with the second overall selection in Saturday’s NHL entry draft (TSN, 1 p.m. EDT) at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
“We sit in a good spot because we have three players that we like and by picking second we will get one of those players,” Rutherford said Thursday at a hotel. “The Florida Panthers obviously control things by picking first but we don’t mind our position.
From TSN: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=44845
Blues place Val Bure on waivers and more
I know this is “Hockey Trade Rumors”, but all this verbatim reporting of musings that can be found elsewhere are, frankly, boring the teats off of me. It’s not even worth the effort for me to torment anyone…..
By BRUCE GARRIOCH — Ottawa Sun
Discussions have reached the critical stage between the Senators and unrestricted free-agent centre Bryan Smolinski.
Trade rumours surrounding the future of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin are starting to heat up again.
General Managers always try to make the best decision for their hockey team right???? Well here are some of the biggest WRONG decisions when it comes to the first overall pick and who the general managers decided to draft!!!!
BOSTON (CP) — Defenceman Don Sweeney, who has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Bruins, is not being offered a new playing contract by the team, says agent Mark Witkin.
By Al Morganti
Special to ESPN.com
The Summer of 2003 is going to be one of the most challenging for National Hockey League executives. Unsure of what looms on the labor front after next season, the people who count the money in the team offices are going to have to trust their instincts.
This is not in my words but written by Darren Ford of Winnipeg. You can find all of this information on his website at http://jetsowner.com
Mr. Ford is trying desparately to get an NHL team back in Winnipeg. Being from Winnipeg, I sincerely hope that he succeeds.
Straight from Palm Beach Post :
Rick Dudley’s record is perfect, and chances are it will stay that way.
Twice the Panthers’ general manager has had the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, and twice he has traded it. And by the time Commissioner Gary Bettman steps to the podium at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville on Saturday, it’s a good bet Dudley will have gone 3-for-3.
Ok, here’s the deal. Over the summer, there is going to be a great tournament. A grudge match, if you will, between the best teams of the 1980′s and the best teams of the 1990′s (a time machine will make this possible, work with me ppl).
Of course this is just a rumor, but the word around the Sabres is they very interested in signing local boy Todd Marchant. Todd Marchant mentioned Buffalo as one place he would like to go as a free agent over the summer. He’s always played well against the Sabres, and it’s been a dream of his to play as a Sabre. Marchant would provide great depth and leadership skills in a mostly young locker room. He is a possible candidate for team captain as well. Just the news of his signing with the team would sell tickets simply because he’s from Buffalo, his production would also sell alot of tickets. His role as a defensive centerman would free up Curtis Brown from his defensive role and allow him to concentrate more on offense. Marchant is also an excellent penalty killer and good faceoff man. He could garner offers up to 3 million over the summer. I would expect the Sabres to offer him a figure around that.