NHL Entry Draft Postmortem
The weekend was a busy weekend in the NHL offseason with the entry draft and a number of trades. Coach Brouwer broke down who we think were some of the winners in Saturdays Press Box. Derek Neumeier at Hockey Writers breaks down who was Left Behind: Notable Players That Went Undrafted in 2012
Jordan Staal trade
The Carolina Hurricanes paid a steep price to acquire their second Staal. That leads me to believe they are not worried about Staals comments about not being willing to sign a contract extension. If Staal's agenda was to cash in as an unrestricted free agent next July first I hope Carolina would not have paid as much as they did.
A good sign they will quickly have Jordan signed, a Tweet from Jordan Staal
Jordan Staal @jordan_staal11
"Looking forward to carolina this season !! 2 staals on the ice what could be better?!"
Have to give credit to Hockey Writers Andrew Hirsh who a few months ago penned this article; Jordan Staal trade makes sense for Hurricanes suggesting the return would be Brandon Sutter. Hat tip to you sir!
Aaron Portzline @Aportzline is Tweeting that Luongo is exercising his no trade clause to block trades to Chicago and Toronto in an attempt to steer a deal to Florida.
Aaron Portzline @Aportzline
"Luongo using the power of his no-trade to "steer" a trade to #Panthers as much as possible at this point in off-season."
"Only place Luongo is willing to be traded, as of today, is back to the Florida #Panthers."
"Told by very good source #Canucks G Roberto Luongo has - to this point -- declined to waive no-trade clause "
The Florida Panthers are reportadly very interested in acquiring Luongo but are reluctant to pay Vancouvers asking price which is believed to be 2010 1st round pick Nick Bjugstad.
Toronto Maple Leafs Making Trades
Brian Burke took the best player available approach at the draft as opposed to drafting positional needs. Leaf fans were hoping Burke would make a big splash at the draft and acquire a star player but had to wait a little longer. Then the Luke Schenn, JVR trade was announced. The Schenn brothers are united in the city of brotherly love as Luke will help shore up the Flyers defense. The Leafs acquire a highly skilled forward with the size they covet. Burke also parted with goalie Jonas Gustavsson and according to Paul Hendrick via Twitter @HennyTweets
"Schenn to flyers for jvr...leafs not done yet.#tmltalk"
Hendrick is well connected in Toronto and it sounds like another trade or perhaps a free agent signing is pending.....
Now officially an unrestricted free agent, Schultz is free to speak and negotiate with any NHL team. He flew to Toronto to meet his agent on Sunday. Schultz can not sign a deal until July first and he has held his cards very close to his chest. There is no indication to where he is going to sign, but at least the wait is almost over. The best destination for Schultz's fantasy value could be with the Edmonton Oilers.
St. Louis Blues
Blues trade rumors surfaced on Sunday as the Blues are seeking some help on the blue line in a top four defender. There are some unrestricted free agents who could fill that need such as Jason Garrison or Denis Wideman failing that they could look to trade. T. J. Oshie and David Perron are both restricted free agents that the Blues are struggling to sign. The Blues have a glut of good forwards and could parlay one or two into a quality defender such as Jay Bouwmeester, or Keith Yandle who are both available.
Duchene signed a two year deal with the Colorado Avalanche for two years at $7 million. That is less than teammate David Jones. For an insightful analysis of the deal read Geoff Rosenthal's article on Hockey Writers Ducheneís Contract Shows Avalanche Managementís Maturity. Duchene had a disappointing season that was marred by injury. He will be spending his off season training with Sidney Crosby hoping to come back in better shape.
Benoit Pouliot Trade Fantasy Fallout
The Boston Bruins shipped Pouliot off to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pouliot may blossom playing on the wing in a top six role in Tampa. After Ryan Malone, there is a glaring hole on the Left Wing in Tampa and Pouliot will have a shot at filling a top six role and may play with either Steven Stamkos or Vincent Lecavalier.
In Boston, Jordan Caron will benefit the most from the trade. After establishing himself as a full time NHL player last season, Caron who Coach Claude Julien loves, may see a top six wing position and second unit power play time.
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