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Rangers could struggle to keep team together

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 4:57 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather wanted to go for another run at the Stanley Cup with the same group that fell three wins short last season.

"We like everybody," Sather said Saturday at the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

What Sather wanted and what he knew he'd realistically be able to do this offseason never matched up.

Sather issued center Brad Richards a compliance buyout last week. Friday, the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association jointly revealed the salary cap for next season will be $69 million.

Sather said he thought the figure would be higher. His shock couldn't have been too great, because hours before the cap was revealed Sather traded right wing Derek Dorsett to the Vancouver Canucks for a better chance of signing some of the Rangers' own free agents.

New York is approximately $23.3 million under the salary cap with 11 players signed, according to Capgeek.com.

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Cup champion Kings add 10 players at NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 4:28 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three seasons with the help of a couple of former Philadelphia Flyers. They started the process of winning the Cup again this weekend at the Flyers' home, Wells Fargo Center.

The Kings picked 10 players at the 2014 NHL Draft over two days, including nine Saturday, with the goal of having those players become part of the foundation that keeps the Kings among the leading contenders to win the Cup again.

"I saw Jonathan Toews interviewed the other day and ... you see Toews lamenting about watching us celebrating on the ice and how close they were," Kings vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel Michael Futa said. "These are the days that stuff gets sorted out. This is the next wave of Kings."

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Canucks trade for Vey; Blue Jackets sign Prout

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 3:32 PM / News

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks acquired right wing Linden Vey from the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in exchange for the 50th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Maple Leafs trade for Polak to change defense

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 3:27 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs liked the pieces they had on the blue line last season, they just didn't think they fit together in the puzzle. General manager Dave Nonis said he feels the Maple Leafs addressed that issue Saturday during the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

The Maple Leafs acquired right-handed defenseman Roman Polak from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left-handed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and the No. 94 pick in the draft.

Prior to the trade, Cody Franson was Toronto's only right-shot veteran, but he's a restricted free agent. Rookie Petter Granberg is a right-shot defenseman but played one NHL game last season.

"If you look at how our [defense] was put together, we had a lot of the same, particularly down the left side with Gunnar, [Jake] Gardiner, [Morgan] Reilly … so we felt we could use a different look, a right shot, a guy that plays a little harder, more difficult to play against without giving up anything because we still have those other players," Nonis said. "We had an abundance of one thing and we were definitely lacking in the other."

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Sabres collect nine new pieces at NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 3:04 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Tim Murray didn't get everything he wanted in his first draft as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. But he left Wells Fargo Center on Saturday feeling pretty good about the nine players the Sabres selected.

"I think the original plan was to get an extra pick in the first round and we weren't able to do it," he said. "Other than that, it went pretty well."

They started Friday by selecting Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart with the second pick and continued with eight picks Saturday.

Those eight players included six forwards, starting with Barrie Colts left wing Brendan Lemieux, the first pick of the second round (No. 31). Lemieux (6-foot, 206 pounds) had 27 goals, 53 points and 145 penalty minutes in 65 regular-season games. The son of four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux plays a game reminiscent of his father, which was a big selling point to Murray.

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Flames' McDonald begins goalie run in 2nd round

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 2:45 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving was more than willing to begin the run on goaltenders early in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The newly appointed GM and his scouting staff proved it with the selection of goalie Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at No. 34.

McDonald (6-foot-4, 178 pounds) was the first goalie taken at the draft and the first of five selected in the second round. There were 21 goalies selected during the final six rounds of the draft. No goalies were selected in the first round Friday night.

"I talked to [Calgary] at the combine and I talked to a guy in Calgary last week," McDonald said. "They were one of the teams that showed a little more interest than others. It was between them and two others that I kind of had in the back of my mind and I’m glad to be selected by them."

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Blackhawks trade Bollig to Flames, free cap space

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 2:38 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Blackhawks got some necessary salary-cap relief and an extra draft pick by trading forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames for the No. 83 pick Saturday at the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

The Blackhawks used the pick to select right wing Matheson Iacopelli, who had 41 goals last season playing for Muskegon in the United States Hockey League.

By trading Bollig for a draft pick, the Blackhawks save $1.25 million on the $69 million NHL salary cap. The Blackhawks are in the market for a second-line center and have less than $1 million in available salary-cap space, according to Capgeek.com.

"It’s always tough when you trade a player who has been … a regular player for you," Bowman said. "You have to make tough decisions these days. We're not the only team that will go through that. We wish him the best. We helped him a lot in terms of we brought him out of college (St. Lawrence) and developed him and he made himself an NHL player. So we wish him the best. But, yeah, we have to look at doing some things like that to prepare for next year."

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Notes from the 2014 NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 2:38 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA – A total of 210 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2014 NHL Draft, which concluded today at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. That includes 67 U.S.-born players, representing the country's highest percentage (32%) of selections.

Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:

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Sabres tab Lemieux with top pick in second round

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 1:53 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Brendan Lemieux was forced to sit through the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center on Friday without hearing his name called. It wasn't easy.

After the Buffalo Sabres selected him Saturday morning with the first pick of the second round (No. 31), Lemieux vowed to make the rest of the NHL regret making him wait, particularly some of the teams his father, Claude Lemieux, played for during his 20-plus year career, including the Colorado Avalanche.

"There are a few teams there -- Colorado -- that really stung, but like I said, I'm definitely going to love going in their arenas and making it hard on their guys because they decided to pass me over," said Lemieux, who was born in Denver while his father was playing for the Avalanche. "I'm going to use this as fuel. They gave one of the more fiery guys in the draft, I'd like to say, a lot more fire."

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Blackhawks GM expects to extend Toews, Kane

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 1:26 PM / News

NHL.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he has no doubt he will be able to re-sign forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to long-term contract extensions. He's just not sure when all the details will be hammered out and their signatures go on the legal documents.

Kane and Toews are entering the final year of their respective contracts and are eligible to sign extensions starting July 1. They each reportedly are seeking an eight-year contract worth $12 million per season.

"The discussions are ongoing and I don't want to get into that, but we're definitely going to get them re-signed," Bowman said Friday from the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. "It's a process you go through and it's been a great process. I've got a lot of respect for Pat Brisson, he's a top agent in the game, and we're working on it."

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