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Hjalmarsson shocked by Blackhawks trade, but Coyotes could improve soon

Who could blame Niklas Hjalmarsson for being surprised that the Chicago Blackhawks traded him? “It’s going to take some time to get used to that thought,” Hjalmarsson said, according to the Arizona Republic. Described by some as the NHL’s best pure defensive defenseman, Hjalmarsson also gives the Coyotes good reason to be excited by a blueline that’s suddenly quite competitive.

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The 10 most awkward 2017 NHL Draft rookie photos

It’s once again time for that Puck Daddy tradition, “The 10 Most Awkward NHL Draft Rookie Photos,” and surprisingly many of them don’t involve a tiny ‘lil Gary Bettman at a big ‘ol podium. The 2017 NHL Draft, sadly, has followed in the recent tradition of not posing these young men with their sticks raised or with some weird lighting or other photo booth accouterment. Here are some from the NHL Draft in Chicago.

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Let’s talk about why the Penguins traded for Ryan Reaves

Normally teams swapping fourth-liners and 20 draft spots wouldn’t be the type of move that would move the needle or send any sort of a ripple through the NHL. This is the Pittsburgh Penguins — the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions — ever so slightly deviating from the path that made them the best team in hockey the past two seasons. Rutherford was critical of the way superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were treated during the postseason and talked about how his team would pretty much have to add one or two players to take care of it since the league does not seem to protect its stars.

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NHL teams can begin talking to pending free agents today

Obviously no contracts can be signed until July 1, and technically there is to be no discussion of contract terms, but the window is open for discussions to begin. T.J. Oshie re-signing with the Washington Capitals on Friday already removed one of the …

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Quick Hits: Which Free Agents Should Red Wings Target?

No rest for the weary. The draft is not even 24 hours old and we’re already moving forward towards free agency. It makes no sense for the Wings to shell out the money it would take to secure Kevin Shattenkirk, the marquee defenseman expected to be available. Would he help them? Yes. Would he transform them into contenders? No. The Wings can’t do it anyway because salary space is an issue. They have about $8 million to play with as it stands, but a chunk of that will go towards re-signing restricted free agents Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou, among others. Hey… wait a minute… this actually is a very sensible take and I agree with what Helene has written. Don’t waste money in free agency.

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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Exhale

Nashville News & Notes Poile Talks Free Agency, Offseason Plans as Preds Finish Draft | Nashville Predators We should know more both about Mike Fisher’s future and Ryan Ellis’s injury status this next week. IceRays Goalie Tomas Vomacka Drafted By Nashville Predators | KiiiTV.com For the record, I am never going to be able to write the diacritics on his name properly. Nashville Predators take UND forward Grant Mismash in second round of NHL Draft | Grand Forks Herald He was the only UND player taken this draft year, although several commits were drafted last year. Farrance Drafted by Predators | TWC News Nugget from this: Scott Nichol is a family friend of the Farrances. Predators not interested

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Not a rebuild: Flyers getting younger but how much of an impact will young players have?

To that end, who exactly is going to make up for the 25 goals Brayden Schenn delivered last season? Think 29-year-old Jori Lehtera is capable of that? Maybe if Flyers first-round pick Nolan Patrick makes the roster scouts say hes in and maybe Swedish newcomer Oskar Lindblom can handle that chore (see Future Flyers Report).

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Top draft-weekend takeaways

Tim Kavanagh ESPN.com Tim Kavanagh is an editor for ESPN, including NHL and fantasy sports coverage. Follow on Twitter CHICAGO — The draft delivered a handful of new prospects to every NHL team, but the 217 picks weren’t the only major goings-on in Chicago this weekend. Here are some of the other key takeaways from the ground: 1. The hosts fundamentally reshaped their roster … before the draft began As the city of Chicago prepared to host the NHL draft for the first time in league history — as well as the awesome fan fest out in the parking lot — Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman was busy altering his roster yet again. Departed are dynamic scorer Artemi Panarin, defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson

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Report: Randy Sexton to become Sabres’ assistant GM

New general manager Jason Botterill continued his restructuring of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday by hiring one of his former co-workers from Pittsburgh. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Penguins director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton will be joining the Sabres to serve as their assistant general manager and also the general manager for their AHL team, the Rochester Americans. Sexton has seemingly been at top of Botterill’s list since he left the Penguins front office to run the Sabres back in May.

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Brandon Saad thrilled about return to Blackhawks: ‘I didn’t think it would happen this soon’

On the day two summers ago when Brandon Saad was traded from the Blackhawks to the Blue Jackets, the winger had a conversation with general manager Stan Bowman about the possibility at some point of returning to the team he helped capture two Stanley Cups. On Friday, that came to fruition when Saad was reunited with the Hawks in a stunning trade that sent forwards Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in this weekend’s NHL draft to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in the ’18 draft. “It’s a small league and … most players don’t play the same place their whole career,” Saad recalled Friday of the conversation with Bowman on June

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Hextall staying patient in Flyers’ goalie search

The Philadelphia Flyers were hoping to add a veteran goaltender this weekend to complement Michal Neuvirth and as of Saturday evening they had yet to accomplish that goal. General manager Ron Hextall does not seem too concerned about that development and is leaning on the fact it seems to be a buyer’s market at the position. “We’re still doing our due diligence and in the end it’ll probably come down to the guys we like and then we’ll look at term and length.

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Winners and losers of 2017 NHL Draft

There were some stunning trades and interesting picks in a tricky draft. There were winners and there were losers.

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Bruins go for some skill with Studnicka pick in second round

CHICAGO – The Bruins aimed for one of their “skill” picks in the second round when they nabbed Oshawa Generals center Jack Studnicka with the 53rd selection in the NHL Draft Saturday at the United Center. Studnicka, 18, took a jump with scouts this season while scoring 18 goals and 52 points in 64 games for the Generals and dominated the Memorial Cup playoffs with five goals and 15 points in ten games. Couple that with three goals in three games at the World Under-18’s, and the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is the kind of forward prospect that Boston was happy to add to their draft class as a center or a possible right wing. “He had a very good Under-18’s and he’s very skilled. He’s a late bloomer too.

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Sharks’ Thornton, Marleau set to enter uncharted waters

SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau appear to be headed into uncharted waters. Unless the Sharks re-sign the pending-unrestricted free agents to contract extensions Saturday, both players will receive the opportunity to start interviewing with other teams for the first time in their careers with organization on Sunday. Thornton and Marleau are both slated to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. In his 12 years with the Sharks, Thornton has signed three contract extensions with the team (2007, 2010, 2014), all three-year deals, without testing the free agent market. Marleau has re-signed with the Sharks four times (2005, 2007, 2010, 2014) during his 19 seasons with the club without

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Los Angeles Kings prospect raised by two mothers

CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after Jaret Anderson-Dolan was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, he hugged his mothers Fran and Nancy. They cried a few tears as Anderson-Dolan made his way to the floor of the United Center for handshakes and congratulations from his new team. It was a slight variation on a familiar picture at the NHL draft. And just another Saturday for the 17-year-old center, who was raised by two women. “Obviously I don’t know any other way of growing up,” Anderson-Dolan said . “Even though people may say, obviously, it’s a little bit different, but for me it’s completely normal. For me, it kind of gives you a little bit of perspective just how much the world is changing, and I think

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