Welcome to the special draft weekend edition of the Daily Dosage. We'll have a look at non draft pick related news here.
We were hoping for a lot more action than what's happened. Tomas Kaberle is a still a Leaf. Dany Heatley is still a Senator. Vinny Lecavalier is still a Bolt. Hopefully the weekend ends with a bang.
The Calgary Flames got a three day jump on the other teams by acquiring Jay Bouwmeester's negotiating rights for the rights to Jordan Leopold and a third round pick. J-Bo is from Western Canada and the Flames would be pretty scary to play against with Bouwmeester and Dion Phaneuf manning the blue line. Yikes.
A few minor trades went down on Saturday but the one that caught our eye was Brian Boyle moving from the Kings to the Rangers for a third round pick in 2010. Boyle was the 26th overall pick last year and picked up 62 points in 70 AHL games. He played 28 NHL games with only five points. Considering that Boyle is only 25 years old this looks like a nice pickup by the blueshirts.
Teema Selanne announced that he'll be returning for another go around with the Ducks. He picked up 54 points in 65 games last year battling through a quad injury. Selanne should be good for around a point-per-game...just remember he's a bit of an injury risk now that's he 38 years old.
Follow the jump for all of the details on Friday's happenings...
The big news from Friday was Chris Pronger's trade to the Philadelphia Flyers for two 1st rounders, last years first round pick Luca Sbisa and Joffrey Lupul. The Flyers will need to make a few moves as they are waaaaay over the cap (even with the extra $100,000 the NHL gave teams). The Flyers over-payed here but they got that top blueliner they have been looking for. The fantasy fallout?
- Duck defenders Ryan Whitney and especially James Wisniewski get a big uptick. Lots minutes to go to these two now...especially on the power play. Luca Sbisa still needs a bit more seasoning so don't expect to see him in the NHL this year.
- Joffrey Lupul gets some new linemates. He could top 30 goals if he gets significant time with Ryan Getzlaf.
The reason the Pronger deal even happened was that Scott Niedermayer did a good thing and told his club that he's planning on returning next year...nice and early. With Nieds coming back the Ducks could afford to part with Pronger and really get themselves out of the cap troubles they are in.
The Leafs and Bruins appartently had a deal worked out...Phil Kessel and picks for Tomas Kaberle and picks Only problem...the Leafs and Bruins misunderstood what picks were part of the deal so it died. With Pronger traded the market for d-men might be moving very quickly. Kessel is a restricted free agent and it's looking like the Bruins aren't interested in shelling out the bucks.
Seeing Roberto Luongo at the draft announcing Vancouver's pick of Jordan Schroeder we couldn't help but think that his contract extension is done and dusted. We've heard rumours that the deal will be announced July 1st.
What's distracting us today? We need to have a draft related distraction in honour of this weekend.
We considered Mats Sundin not being able to wear a baseball hat in the 1989
All great moments...but If you're picking a moment from the Entry Draft to re-live there isn't a more awesomely awkward moment than when Eric Lindros' name was called by the Nordiques but he refused to wear their jersey (at around 2:10)...it looked better on Peter Forsberg anyway:
Embedding has been a bit weird today. If the video isn't working click here to see Eric in all his glory.