2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

2014 NHL Draft News & Notes

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2014 NHL Entry Draft

It has been a beautifully busy day in the hockey world and the draft has not even started yet.
Here is a quick recap of the moves made:

Some thoughts in relation to the Leafs:

  1. Nothing to complain about in regards to the Ryan Kesler trade. He was never going to come here, so there isn’t much to say to begin with. That’s a really nice move for Anaheim, by the way, who keeps Ottawa’s 10th overall pick in the process. Vancouver did the best they could in a really tough situation considering Kesler targeted only two teams; from their end, it depends on how Nick Bonino turns out and whether they can turn that 24th overall pick into something (either by trading it or drafting a gem).
  2. Jason Garrison is a solid overall player, but the Leafs really didn’t have much of a need for a defenseman turning 30 whose best attribute is a bomb of a shot on the power play. For Tampa, that’s an upgrade on the departing Sami Salo and it is worth noting a division rival just got better.
  3. There isn’t anything to see when it comes to Derek Dorsett for a 3rd round pick. The Leafs would have no reason to get in on a trade such as that.
  4. Say no to Ribeiro. Go check out this twitter feed if you need reasons, other than the obvious.
  5. The $69 million upper cap limit is not only obviously relevant to the Leafs in terms of building their own roster, but it really hurts the Bruins, who are tight up on the cap. Losing Jarome Iginla and not having any money to bring in even a cheap replacement? He had 30 goals and 61 points last year, so losing that production should really hurt. Hopefully Peter Chiarelli trades Zach Boychuk, too, as he’s a good player and has been rumoured to be moving for months now.

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