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Lehner healthy, excited for fresh start with Sabres

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 11:42 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Lehner said Saturday becoming more mature will give him a better chance of establishing himself as a No. 1 goaltender with the Buffalo Sabres than he had with the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa traded Lehner and forward David Legwand to Buffalo on Friday for the 21st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"Maybe that's something I have to work on, my maturity level," Lehner said in an interview published by the Ottawa Sun on Saturday. "... I don't know what happened, but I wasn't happy with the way things played out. I think I came out of the gate good every season, I'd play good, and then I didn't get to play anymore. That's something I've got to work on going forward. People have different opinions. I can only speak for myself, but that's my opinion."

Lightning able to add to pipeline at NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 11:42 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final earlier this month with one of the NHL's youngest rosters. They spent two days at the 2015 NHL Draft adding more fresh talent.

The Lightning started Saturday with 10 selections and added nine players to their pipeline.

"You need young guys to keep coming," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We started [the draft] with seven picks and tried to hang on to some of them. Not every player you draft is going to make the NHL. It's all part of the process. Hopefully these guys come in and give you options moving forward."

Devils will not re-sign forward Gomez: report

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 10:19 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The New Jersey Devils will not attempt to re-sign forward Scott Gomez, general manager Ray Shero told on Saturday.

Gomez, 35, signed Nov. 20 after a training-camp tryout and tied for the Devils lead with 27 assists in his 58 games. He will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"It is what it is," Gomez told reporter Tom Gulitti. "The thing is I know I can play. I've proven that. I know I can play at this level. I know I can contribute. But it's time to focus on somewhere else."

Hurricanes get goalie Lack from Canucks for picks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:58 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goaltender Eddie Lack from the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday for two draft picks.

"Carolina really wanted me," Lack told the Hurricanes website. "It's a great opportunity for me, and I'm really excited."

Vancouver received the 66th pick in the 2015 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2016 for Lack, who was 18-13-14 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this season. He assumed the No. 1 role when Ryan Miller was injured in late February and went 12-6-2 in 21 appearances from Feb. 24-April 9.

"I matured as a person. From a goaltending standpoint, I feel like I've gotten so much better," Lack said. "To be honest, I still feel like I have a lot to give. I feel like I'm two or three years away from my prime. I'm never satisfied. I keep pushing forward, and that's what's going to help me in the long run."

First Chinese player to be drafted chosen by Islanders

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:45 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Andong Song became the first Chinese-born player to be selected in the NHL Draft when the New York Islanders chose him Saturday in the sixth round (No. 172).

The 6-foot, 161-pound defenseman, who plays at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, had three goals and seven assists in 26 games. He said he patterns his game after former Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom.

Lawrenceville coach Etienne Bilodeau said Song stepped into a major role not long after arriving at the school and was named captain this season.

Oilers get goalie Talbot from Rangers for three picks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:41 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Edmonton Oilers acquired goaltender Cam Talbot and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers on Saturday for three picks.

"I feel like I've put myself in a pretty good position," Talbot told the Oilers website. "I feel good physically and mentally where I can come in and play well. It's going to be a battle between Ben [Scrivens] and I, and I'm ready for the opportunity to compete."

The Rangers received picks Nos. 57, 79 and 184 in the 2015 draft. The Oilers got the No. 209 pick from New York.

"Cam has worked hard throughout his whole career and has pushed it," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. " ... We believe that we’ve got a goaltender that will continue to improve, and it’s our job to make sure we help him do that."

Rangers get Etem from Ducks for Hagelin

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:35 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Rangers acquired left wing Emerson Etem and the No. 41 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for left wing Carl Hagelin and the 59th and 179th picks.

Etem and Hagelin can become restricted free agents on July 1.

New York assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told that Etem, who is 6-foot-1, 212 pounds and had 10 points in 45 games this season, could be a top-nine forward right away with the Rangers.

"Etem has a lot of different attributes that Carl has, as far as his skating, his explosive skating, he backs up the D really well," Gorton said.

Senators hope Cowen benefits from Gryba trade

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 5:18 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- On a day filled with significant trades at the 2015 NHL Draft, it would be easy to overlook a minor one made by the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

But the decision to trade defenseman Eric Gryba to the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round pick and prospect Travis Ewanyk was important for Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

It wasn’t so much the defenseman he let go, but rather the one who stayed behind.

By trading Gryba, Murray said he was creating space in the lineup for defenseman Jared Cowen to play a bigger role next season.

GM Chiarelli puts his stamp on Oilers roster at draft

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 5:05 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- In the two months and three days since Peter Chiarelli was hired as general manager to steer the Edmonton Oilers back to relevancy, he has overseen changes across the hockey operations department, including a new coaching staff and scouts.

Chiarelli finally got a chance to put his stamp on Edmonton's roster at the 2015 NHL Draft and he did some serious work.

"You gotta make hay when the sun shines," Chiarelli said, "so this was a good time to do it."

Chiarelli made the obvious selection of forward Connor McDavid with the No. 1 pick. It's a game-changer for the Oilers and could go down as one of the most important moments in their history. It was also the easiest thing Chiarelli may ever do as Edmonton’s general manager.

What Chiarelli did after selecting McDavid was the real chore.

Ducks reshape roster in attempt to get over hump

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:57 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Anaheim Ducks were one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

General manager Bob Murray spent Saturday at the 2015 NHL Draft reshaping the Ducks roster with a series of trades meant to rectify the one negative thing about their season.

"We didn't win," Murray said. "The object is to win, isn't it?"

It is, and Murray said he feels the moves he made Saturday improved Anaheim's goaltending and speed while increasing his financial flexibility for a looming salary-cap nightmare next summer.

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