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Entry Draft always a time for dealing

by Brian Compton
Each year, the NHL Entry Draft is the place where several veteran players change addresses. With all 30 general managers in the same building at the same time, it's a convenient time for trades to take place.

The dealing actually started on Thursday, when Philadelphia made a pair of deals. The Flyers sent center Jeff Carter to Columbus in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and the Blue Jackets' first-round (No. 8) and third-round (No. 68) selections at the 2011 Entry Draft. The Flyers also sent center Mike Richards, their captain, to Los Angeles in exchange for forwards Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers used the first-round pick they got from Columbus to take Sean Couturier, a talented center from Drummondville in the Quebec League.

Before the selections began on Friday, Toronto acquired veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles from Colorado in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

After a quiet start on the trade front, the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild made the night's first big deal more than two hours into the draft. San Jose sent forward Devin Setoguchi, 2010 first-rounder Charlie Coyle and their 2011 first-rounder, No. 28. In return, the Sharks got defenseman Brent Burns and a 2012 second-rounder.

The Chicago Blackhawks later dealt center Troy Brouwer to Washington for the Caps' first-round pick, No. 26 overall. The deal gives the Hawks four picks in the first 70 and 11 picks overall.

Not long after that, Anaheim traded the 22nd pick in the draft for the 30th and 39th choices. Detroit then traded the 24th pick to Ottawa for a pair of second-round choices, the 35th and 48th selections. The deal gives the Senators three first-rounders.

One other deal was concluded after the last pick of the night. Chicago dealt defenseman Brian Campbell to Florida for forward Rostislav Olesz. The deal reunites Campbell with Panthers GM Dale Tallon, who signed him to a seven-year contract when he ran the Hawks.

TSN reported that Edmonton will acquire forward Ryan Smyth from the Kings for forward Gilbert Brule and a fourth-round pick. However, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, speaking on TSN's draft telecast, would not confirm that the deal had been completed. He denied it again about two hours later on TSN. The deal had not officially been made by the end of Friday night's first round.

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