What if the Rangers rather than the Flyers had won the shootout in Game 82?
(What if the Rangers had selected Giroux 21st overall in the 2006 Entry Draft, one slot ahead of Philadelphia, instead of taking Bobby Sanguinetti? We digress.)
The men who spend their hockey seasons trying to figure out which 17-year-olds have the promise and potential to become 24-year-old NHL players met this week at the RBC Center, sketching out the draft-day priorities for the Carolina Hurricanes.
You didn’t have to be in the room to know who was 1-2 on that list: center Tyler Seguin , who plays for Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos’ junior team, the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League; and Taylor Hall, a left wing who plays just across the border for the Windsor Spitfires.
It’s probably the smart thing to do, the more sensible path, the safest course. But, I don’t know, I’d still have a hard time passing on some of the NHL free agents who might be available in less than a month if I was the Avalanche general manager. Passing on making a bid for Ilya Kovalchuk , for me, would be akin to Carrie Bradshaw passing on a new pair of Manolo Blahnik pink suede strappy sandals in the store window.
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