Reaction to the trades of Jordan Staal and Mike Ribeiro, defensemen dominate first round of NHL 2012 Entry Draft, Predators get new arena deal, Commissioner Bettman meets with Patrick Roy, and more.


Penguins sending message with Staal trade?

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Dejan Kovacevic believes Penguins GM Ray Shero sent a message with his trading Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes during the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft: disrespect the Penguins, and you’re gone.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock believes the Hurricanes paid a stiff price (center Brandon Sutter, prospect defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the 8th overall pick) to land Staal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was obvious Shero had little choice but to move Staal after he rejected a 10-year, $60 million contract offer and his agent said he didn’t want to discuss a contract extension right now. It was also obvious he would join the Hurricanes as a UFA next summer, so it was best to move him as soon as possible and get the best return. Shero had spoken with the NY Rangers earlier in the day, a move which put pressure on Carolina GM Jim Rutherford to make his eventual pitch. You can read my full analysis of the deal in the “News” section.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals GM George McPhee believes acquisition of center Mike Ribeiro from Dallas makes his team better. He spoke to the Stars about Ribeiro prior to the trade deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move is also an indication pending UFA winger Alexander Semin won’t be returning with the Capitals.

USATODAY.COM: Defensemen dominated the selections of the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, as 13 were taken, tying a draft record. Eight of the top ten picks were blueliners, a first in NHL draft history.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My take on the Oilers selection of Nail Yakupov with the first overall pick can be found in “Canadian Corner”.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins-Montreal Canadiens rivalry got potentially more interesting as the Bruins selected goalie Malcolm Subban with their first round pick. Subban, of course, is the younger brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

BUFFALO NEWS: Projected top-five pick Mikhail Grigorenko slid to 12th overall, where he was selected by the Sabres.

NJ.COM: The Devils selected Stefan Matteau with the 29th overall pick, an ironic twist as his father, Stephane, scored one of the most famous goals in NY Rangers history in 1994 against the Devils, when Stefan was an infant.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators have a new arena lease agreement with the city of Nashville.

NEWSDAY: NY Islanders owner Charles Wang had nothing new to report regarding a new arena for his club.

LA PRESSE.CA: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s lunch yesterday with Quebec Remparts co-owner/GM/head coach Patrick Roy set off the usual blizzard of speculation over an NHL franchise coming to Quebec City.