Results of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft lottery, updates on Jason Pominville, Nathan Horton, Dave Bolland and Ray Emery, Stars officially announce Jim Nill as their new GM, and more.
TSN.CA: The results of last night’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft Lottery, which resulted in the Colorado Avalanche securing the first overall pick.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche are expected to select defenseman Seth Jones with the first overall pick. Jones grew playing hockey in the Denver area until the age of 13.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Defense is the Avalanche’s biggest weakness. It’ll be shocking if they don’t select Jones.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon wasn’t upset with landing the second overall pick. “We’re going to get a hell of a player”, said Tallon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, you are, Dale. Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin will be fine additions to the Panthers.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman believes he’ll land a quality player with the third overall pick. He also suggested he’d consider trading that pick “if there’s a scenario that makes sense”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yeah, right. If he’s got the opportunity to select MacKinnon or Drouin, he’s not moving that pick.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators GM David Poile expects to use the fourth overall pick to land a scoring forward.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild expects to have forward Jason Pominville (head injury) back in the lineup for their opening round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: The Blackhawks will open Game One against the Minnesota Wild without Dave Bolland and Ray Emery.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton (hand/wrist) remains “day-to-day” entering their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers (sprained ankle) remains sidelined entering his club’s first round matchup with Vancouver.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings rooke Danny DeKeyser has earned rave reviews for his strong performance.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars yesterday formally announced the hiring of Jim Nill as their new general manager.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said head coach Peter DeBoer will return next season.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly gave an update on the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, saying the league is still trying to find a buyer for the club. He said the purchase price of the club is more than $150 million, adding there’s no guarantees the club would remain in Glendale when it is sold.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, same old, same old. Hopefully by June the picture will become clearer.