NHL Draft Notes: Trades, Lecavalier, Letang

NHL Draft Notes: Trades, Lecavalier, Letang

July 1, 2013, 9:00 am
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Flyers' 2013 Draft Picks

Round 1, Pick 11: Samuel Morin (6-6, 203), Defenseman

Round 2, Pick 41: Robert Hagg (6-2, 201), Defenseman

Round 3, Pick 72: Tyrell Goulbourne (5-11, 195), Center

Round 5, Pick 132: Terrance Amorosa (6-1, 185), Defenseman

Round 6, Pick 162: Merrick Madsen (6-4, 177), Goalie

Round 7, Pick 192: David Drake (6-4, 155 pounds), Defenseman

NEWARK, N.J. -- Mostly smoke and not much fire.
Despite a ton of meetings, phone calls, and much-anticipated player movement via the trade route, it was a relatively quiet NHL draft. Outside of Chicago forward Dave Bolland and Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider being moved, there wasn’t much excitement.
Edmonton tried all weekend to shop both its second round picks and eventually did. But talks between the Oilers and Flyers really didn’t go anywhere. The Oilers wanted defenseman Braydon Coburn in exchange for their two picks. They eventually traded them in separate deals.
“We bounced around a lot of ideas but we were never really close on anything,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
The Devils traded their pick at No. 9 to Vancouver in exchange for Schneider, the heir now to Marty Brodeur’s throne. Bolland, meanwhile, who clinched the Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks last week with his game-winning goal, went to Toronto for three draft picks.
“I talked to [Devils GM Lou Lamoriello] a couple hours before the draft, and he said he was working on something big,” Holmgren said. "We'll see how it goes."
“You never know. Obviously Marty's not going to play forever, so I think that's a good move for the Devils. Even though Lou wants him to play forever.”
Holmgren said the Flyers had a number of phone calls about moving back in the first round, but they liked what they saw in terms of defensemen still on the board and stood firm with the 11th overall selection.
Vinny Lecavlier meeting
Holmgren confirmed that the Flyers did meet over the weekend with Vinny Lecavalier, who was bought out by Tampa Bay last week. Where do the Flyers stand?
“I have no idea,” Holmgren said. “We met [Saturday]. I thought it went well. Who knows?”
Lecavalier was to meet with no less than 10 teams at the draft. There is substantial interest in him and bidding figures to be fierce.
Letang deal near done
Amazing how things can turn around in 48 hours when it comes to contract negotiations.
On Friday, it didn’t look very promising for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their effort to re-sign franchise defenseman Kris Letang. On Saturday, general manager Ray Shero said time was his ally. And so it was.
Letang and Pittsburgh reportedly reached a tentative agreement on an 8-year, $58 million contract early Sunday morning, hours before the NHL draft. Although Letang's agent, Kent Hughes, said the final details of the deal were still being worked on.
Hours later, Shero traded restricted free agent Tyler Kennedy to San Jose for the Sharks' second-round pick (50th overall). The Pens need to clear more cap space and still have to re-sign Pascal Dupuis.
Smith signs
Pending free agent goalie Mike Smith re-signed in Phoenix, agreeing to a six-year deal worth $34 million. He would have been the best, relatively young goalie on the open market come July 5.
Other deals
The Islanders acquired Cal Clutterbuck from the Minnesota Wild for Nino Niederreiter. A number of clubs swapped present and future picks, as well.
Next Draft in Philly
Next summer’s NHL Draft will be held at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27-28.

It will complete a nice trifecta of events for the Flyers franchise. The Flyers participated in the 2012 Winter Classic against the Rangers at Citizens Bank Park, they will host the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four, and will also host the NHL draft in June.

In prepping for next year's draft, XFNINITY Live! hosted a draft pre-party on Sunday, and all seven rounds were televised at the facility.

The 2014 draft will be the first time the city hosts an NHL draft. NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the draft floor while more than 10,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

The NHL draft has grown significantly since the first such event was held in a hotel ballroom in Montreal in 1963.

After 17 years of being conducted in various Montreal hotels and the league office in that city, the draft sported a new look when the historic Montreal Forum played host to the event in 1980 in front of more than 2,000 spectators. Since then, the draft has been conducted in various NHL cities and arenas across North America.