Sorry to break all the excitement involved with the second draft day and all but something about yesterday’s first round caught mine and probably everybody else’s attention… wow how bout those “new” Columbus jersey’s? Just kidding. How on earth did Alexei Cherepanov drop to 17th!!
After all wasn’t he projected to go by 5th pick if not in the top 3? Many point to lack of a NHL-Russian international league agreement, however I don’t quite agree with that.
The Montreal Canadiens trade Michale Leighton to Carolina For A 7th Round pick in 2007 draft. This is the 5th club in 2 years for the netminder.
TSN has confirmed that the Canucks have acquired Ryan Shannon from the Anaheim ducks. In exchange the Canucks sent Jason king, with whom they could not get a deal done and has been playing in Sweden for the last season. Additionally, a conditional 2009 draft choice from the Canucks thrown in.
Ok, Draft day has come and gone and as everyone now knows, Patrick Kane is a Blackhawk. But, what did Montreal do? Well, for what seems like a long run of “terrible” drafting, the Habs, yet again, took a defencemen in the first round.
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer provides some interesting speculation regarding the Edmonton Oilers.
The Boston Herald provides a interesting rumor regarding a potential deal between the Wild and Bruins.
Various media outlets including the Buffalo News are speculating that Chris Drury may be on his way to San Jose next week. The indications are that the Sharks are looking for ways to clear up salary in order to take a run at the UFA.
Ok, so, the Leafs have traded a 3 picks for Toskala and M. Bell.
Many will say that this has cemented the Leafs, and that with this added salary, they cannot do much, but I disagree. There was a report, after the Leafs made this trade, that they had a deal done for Vokoun as well. Now, we must think, why did they go with the unproven guy over a much more experienced, and better, goalie? The answer: cap hit.
According to ottawasenators.com, the Sens have re-signed Dean McAmmond to a multi-year contract, with exact number of years or salary yet to be disclosed.
TFP reports that The Nashville Predators have traded G Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers for draft picks.
TSN.ca reports a 1st rounder and two second rounders.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi. Roberts maintains the same salary he has held in the past two seasons at $2.5M and Recchi signed for $2M.
For the past two years, Toronto’s 1st line wingers have been Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarskey, who have been playing with Mats Sundin. Antropov who continues to miss large portions of each season with nagging injuries and after over six years in the Leafs organization he has not scored more then 20 goals. Nik is not a first line player. Same can be said about Alexei, who has been able to stay healthy for the most part of the season, has not being able to be constintent with his point production. Alexei is also not a first line winger.
According to the Globe and Mail, it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs may trade their first round selection in this draft (13th overall) to the San Jose Sharks for the rights to goaltender Vesa Toskala. It mentions in the article that the first rounder would be on a condition the team could agree to an extension with Toskala.