NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

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.

"With the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Avalanche select..."

“With the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Avalanche select…”

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.


  1. Shoulda just let Balsille have it when he wanted it.

  2. I’m sick of the bottom feeders nabbing the prime talent and rushing them into the league because their gate is hurting. Plenty of teams manage to stay competitive without dropping to the bottom of the standings for years without end. I just don’t get the league vision that the NHL so nonchalantly eats its young on a regular basis. Or just banishes them to wasteland hockey markets. Maybe it really does not matter since a decent amount of talent is found in later rounds or surfaces later but I still have not been convinced otherwise that Luongo’s Achille’s heel was developed in Florida and that they also stunted Jay Bouwmeester.

  3. Florida already has quite a few really good prospects coming and they are about to land another one.

    Tampa just had a bad season.. but they will get rewarded with another good forward…