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Islanders trade defenseman Reinhart to Oilers

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:16 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Islanders traded defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday for the 16th and 33rd picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Islanders selected center Mathew Barzal from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League with the No. 16 pick.

The Islanders, who were not scheduled to pick in the first or second rounds before making the trade, then sent the 33rd and 72nd picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 28th choice. New York selected Anthony Beauvillier, a forward from the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.


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.


Jack Eichel drafted No. 2 by Buffalo Sabres

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:59 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray minced few words and left little doubt when choosing Boston University center Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday at BB&T Center.

After stepping to the podium, Murray looked straight ahead and announced "Buffalo selects Jack Eichel" before dropping the microphone and stepping aside while awaiting his projected star to make his way to the stage.

"It's tough to put into words right now," Eichel said. "Looking back on entire year, it's been the best year of my life, but until you hear your name called and you go on that stage and put a jersey on, there's nothing like it. It's an unbelievable feeling."


Connor McDavid drafted No. 1 by Edmonton Oilers

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:33 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Connor McDavid was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday.

After a full season of hearing he would be the first pick, McDavid had to wait a few minutes longer than expected to hear his name called at BB&T Arena.

"They had to introduce everyone, and all the teams with the roll call," McDavid said. "Felt like it was going by so slowly. I just wanted to have that pick called."

It turned out to be worth the wait.

"I think it was even better than I expected," McDavid said. "I didn't know how it would feel. I wasn't too nervous; I was just anxious. Just so excited to hear your name called and go through all that."


Lucic traded to Kings by Bruins for Jones, pick

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:23 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Milan Lucic was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday for goalie Martin Jones, defense prospect Colin Miller and the No. 13 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Lucic is looking forward to joining the two-time Stanley Cup champion Kings, who could put him at left wing on a line with Anze Kopitar at center and Marian Gaborik at right wing.

"I think that's the most exciting thing about moving from Boston; I get to move on to a team that already knows how to win," Lucic said. "The possibility of playing with two really great players, [Kopitar] and [Gaborik], it's a really great feeling. … I think we're top two or three in the League right now as far as contenders."


Sabres acquire center O'Reilly from Avalanche

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:08 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Buffalo Sabres acquired center Ryan O'Reilly in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

The Sabres sent defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher, and the No. 31 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Avalanche in the trade for O'Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.

O'Reilly, 24, has one year remaining on his contract that carries a $6.0 million salary-cap charge, according to War-on-Ice.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. The Sabres can sign him to a contract extension beginning on July 1.


Flames acquire Hamilton from Bruins for draft picks

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 7:07 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Calgary Flames added to their already strong defense with a 22-year-old potential all-star Friday.

Calgary acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins in a trade for their first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2015 NHL Draft and the two second-round picks (Nos. 45 and 52) they previously acquired from the Washington Capitals.

Hamilton can become a restricted free agent on July 1, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said he has been in touch with Hamilton’s agent and is confident they will be able to settle on a contract relatively soon.

"I look at our team right now with Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Kris Russell, Dennis Wideman, Deryk Engelland, [Ladislav] Smid as he recovers, and adding Dougie Hamilton to our mix; I like that defense," Treliving said. "I think it's critical to build your team from the defense out."


Red Wings forward Datsyuk has ankle surgery

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 6:22 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had surgery on his right ankle Friday, general manager Ken Holland said.

Datsyuk sustained ruptured tendons after blocking a shot late in the season and returned from Russia last week to have the procedure, which was done in Charlotte, N.C. He will be in a cast or some form of immobilizing device for 4-6 weeks, according to Holland, who said the surgeon wants to evaluate Datsyuk again in three months.


Bruins, McQuaid agree on four-year contract

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 6:15 PM / News


The Boston Bruins agreed to terms Friday with defenseman Adam McQuaid on a four-year, $11 million contract, general manager Don Sweeney said.

McQuaid, a six-year NHL veteran, had one goal and seven points in 63 games this season.


Lehner trade difficult but necessary for Senators GM

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 3:50 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray was convinced he would not be satisfied once he traded away one of his goaltenders.

He was right, in a way.

The Senators traded Robin Lehner and center David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday for the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Though Murray was happy with the return and being able to shed Legwand's $3.5 million salary for the 2015-16 season, he did not like the idea of handing a promising, young goaltender to an Atlantic Division rival. But in order to get the return he wanted, that was the compromise Murray had to make.

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