Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson nearly two months into a coaching search that has dominated the first part of a crucial off-season expects his exhaustive search to be finished in seven to 10 days.
With the Combine finishing and the order for the draft now all but determined here is what I think will happen on June 25th. I will include trades in this as well. There will undoubtedly be more trades than the ones I list, but I’m just going to put in ones that seem logical.
TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs do not have a first- or second-round pick at next month’s NHL draft, but that has not stopped the team from trying to land top-ranked prospects Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin .
Columbus holds the fourth pick in the NHL draft and there is all kinds of speculation around the Stanley Cup final that the Blue Jackets are under pressure to make the playoffs and may not have the time or inclination to wait for yet another player to develop. Don’t be surprised if Brian Burke makes an attempt to deal Tomas Kaberle and more to Columbus to try and get an early pick … I guess size matters: The Maple Leafs don’t lead the NHL in any category other than size of front office …
The draft itself comes smack dab in the middle of the NHL’s two-week buyout window leading up to July 1 free agency. During Chiarelli’s four years on Causeway St., he has bought out the likes of Peter Schaefer , Glen Murray , and Patrick Eaves (a procedure crafted around the Aaron Ward trade to Carolina and the UFA acquisition of Derek Morris ).