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Eakins excited for AHL return with Gulls, Ducks

Sunday, 06.28.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- When Dallas Eakins was fired by the Edmonton Oilers last December, he retreated to his home in Vancouver and re-discovered a missing piece of his life: His family.

Gone was the scrutiny of trying to resurrect a storied franchise. No more five-game, eight-day road trips. Eakins settled into a normal life after coming to terms with his termination.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Eakins said. “It was very hard at the start. Time heals wounds. You know you’re away from the family. [I have] two little girls. I didn't know exactly how much I was missing out until these last six months. It’s a time I will never forget.”

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Lehner healthy, excited for fresh start with Sabres

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 11:42 PM / NHL Insider

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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."

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Senators hope Cowen benefits from Gryba trade

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 5:18 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

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.

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Ducks reshape roster in attempt to get over hump

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:57 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

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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Goalie trades drastically alter landscape of NHL

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- As disappointing as Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray was to trade goalie Robin Lehner to another team in the Atlantic Division on Friday, he appeared to feel better about doing it after watching the goalie carousel yield smaller results Saturday.

"I did it at the right time, there's no doubt," Murray said. "I thought I had the best goaltender available, and I guess it proved out to be that."

Murray acquired the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade involving Lehner on Friday. The Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars didn't have to give up an asset as significant as a first-round pick when they jumped into the goalie market Saturday, even though there were rumors heading into the draft that most goalies on the market would fetch that much.

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Devils feel Palmieri perfect fit for up-tempo style

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 10:42 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New Jersey Devils came into the 2015 NHL Draft looking to acquire a young forward with NHL experience who could fit into the up-tempo style that coach John Hynes wants to play.

Kyle Palmieri was the perfect fit. It doesn't hurt that he hails from northern New Jersey.

The Devils traded one of their two second-round draft picks this year and one of their two third-round picks in the 2016 draft to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for Palmieri, who is 24 years old and coming off a season in which he had 29 points, including 14 goals, in 57 games.

Palmieri has one year remaining on his contract, which carries a salary-cap charge of $1.47 million, according to war-on-ice.com. He can be a restricted free agent following the 2015-16 season.

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Sabres add Eichel, O'Reilly, Lehner to speed rebuild

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 12:18 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray isn't a fan of talking in hypotheticals, but even he knows Friday could be remembered as an unprecedented day.

"Hey, it's exciting, it's exciting," Murray said. "We've gotta get ready for [Saturday], but we did hit some targets today, and that's satisfying when you can do that."

If Friday only featured the selection of Boston University forward Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center, that might have been enough to be considered one of the most important days in Sabres history. But Murray built on it by acquiring forwards Ryan O'Reilly, Jamie McGinn and David Legwand, and goalie Robin Lehner in separate trades.

It was the exact type of day that can speed up a rebuild, which is precisely what Murray was trying to do.

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Bruins gain cap flexibility, add draft picks in trades

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 12:15 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Boston Bruins eliminated two potentially difficult contract negotiations Friday by trading defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames and forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings.

General manager Don Sweeney made it clear in explaining the moves prior to the start of the 2015 NHL Draft that the trades were necessitated by financial concerns. He said he hoped the increased salary-cap flexibility he is left with along with a bevy of draft picks will allow him to make the Bruins competitive for the long term.

As such, he said he feels no pressure to leave South Florida with additional roster players to fill the significant voids left by the departures of Hamilton and Lucic.

"Do I think we need to? We have picks, we have assets that I can now try and turn into that, but I'm not going to force that," Sweeney said. "We shed salary as a result of that as well, so we're in a position going forward where we have to have our younger players in this situation step forward and we give them an opportunity to grow and develop. I feel confident our coaches will be able to do that."

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No. 3 pick Strome fits Coyotes' rebuilding plan

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:57 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dozens of children played ball hockey on the concrete floor of Gila River Arena on Friday, and about 4,000 fans filled one side of the lower level waiting to see how many pieces the Arizona Coyotes would add to their rebuilding project at the 2015 NHL Draft.

The center-ice scoreboard showed general manager Don Maloney working the phones in Sunrise, Fla. Rumors of possible trades were swirling through social media and from television analysts.

So when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman walked to the podium before the Coyotes pick at No. 3 and announced "We have a trade," audible gasps filled the building.

But the trade Bettman was revealing involved the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche, and the Coyotes drafted Ontario Hockey League scoring champ Dylan Strome, who had had 45 goals and 129 points for the Erie Otters.

"I had a good feeling that it would be [the Coyotes] if they were picking No. 3," Strome said. "I didn't know if they were picking until about a minute until they did pick. So I really had no idea up until that moment, but I'm extremely honored and proud to be a Coyote. I can't wait to get started."

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Avalanche deal O'Reilly to ease cap, help power play

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:14 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he felt Ryan O'Reilly was going to be too expensive to keep on a long-term basis, so Sakic traded the 24-year-old center who has one year remaining on his contract to the Buffalo Sabres during the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday.

The Avalanche acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher, and the No. 31 pick in the draft from the Sabres for O'Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.

O'Reilly will carry an NHL salary-cap charge of $6 million in the 2015-16 season, according to War-on-Ice.com. He reportedly is seeking a raise in a contract extension, which he can't sign until July 1.

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