Thursday, June 25, 2009

O For a Draught of Bouwmeester! That Hath Been Cool'd a Long Age in the Deep-Delvèd Earth

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The news and rumors surrounding the draft are heating up. HEATING. As in:

- The Florida Panthers look like they're about to make the hilarious decision to trade Jay Bouwmeester's rights to some team in exchange for a 3rd-round pick. This means that some lucky team will have the right to talk to Jay Bouwmeester on the phone until their parents scream at them to hang up and go to bed. [TSN]

- TSN also reporting that Doug Wilson is pacing back and forth on his balcony, high atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific, considering whether he should deal Ryane Clowe to the Philadelphia Flyers for either Claude Giroux or Scott Hartnell. [TSN]

- All this business about Waddell trading the #4 to Brian Burke for something or other. I don't believe. [Fourth Period]

- Look out, Monsieur Catalogues. The Kings are rumored to be "highly interested" in Dany Heatley. But so are 14 other teams. [Fourth Period]

- The trainwreck in Tampa is raising the hopes of Montreal folk that Vincent Lecavalier will be theirs very soon. [TSN]

- Looks like there's a real possibility that Phil Kessel will be traded. I certainly didn't believe the hype at first, but I reckon it might happen...what can we give Boston? MARC SAVARD, THAT'S WHO! [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

- WHOA HEY DON'T LOOK NOW I just checked the Los Angeles Kings' Twitter account and they're openly talking about sending their #5 pick and "1 or 2 players" to Ottawa in exchange for Heatley. Whoa hey. [LA Kings Twitter]

It's the most exciting time to be a hockey blogger, folks.

UPDATE: Brave Thrash-blogging operative the Falconer is in Montreal, interviewing Evander Kane and others. He reports: Kane was asked bout 4 times how he feels about going to Atlanta, looks like he better get used to answering that question. I asked him if he has ever closed his eyes and imagined lining up for a faceoff with Ilya Kovalchuk and said that he tried not to get to far ahead of himself...[Bird Watchers Anonymous]

UPDATE II: WHOA WHOA WHOA HEYA according to Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Michael Russo and other operatives in Montreal, the Los Angeles Kings have just offered their 5th overall pick, winger Alexander Frolov, and "another" to Ottawa in exchange for Dany Heatley. [Kukla's Korner, Twitter]

UPDATE III: Toronto Maple Leafs say they've received a "significant" offer for Tomas Kaberle. One wonders if this has anything to do with the Waddell-talking-to-Burke rumors. I ain't gonna give up no #4 pick for Kaberle, good though he is. [TSN]

UPDATE IV: Ben Wright has written a report from Montreal, do read it. Entertaining pen portraits of the top prospects (apparently Magnus Paajarvi-Svennson is some kind of Scandanavian Viking snow-beast, half Swedish and half Finnish), and um, one curious (in a good way) thing about Ben's posts. Do you ever notice that when he's on assignment at the draft or in another city live-blogging a Thrashers away game, he always writes in detail about the food? The offerings in Montreal sound especially sumptuous. Just a distinctive feature of his style; he might be the hockey version of M.F.K Fisher or A.J. Liebling. Oh yeah, he had this to say about Evander Kane: Evander Kane can play all three forward positions and says he’ll play wherever there’s a roster spot for him. Both he and Schenn think they can play in the NHL this season. [Blueland Blog]


FrenchCatalogues said...

Man, I just want Kane. The Falconer seems confident that we are going to go for him if we keep it. Dammit, keep the pick. I don't want anything Burke has.

FrenchCatalogues said...

Man, I just want Kane. The Falconer seems confident that we are going to go for him if we keep it. Dammit, keep the pick. I don't want anything Burke has.

FrenchCatalogues said...

Stay strong LA, don't give in to the devil. Dustin Brown is too much of nice guy to be around a horse's ass.

aaron said...

amen. as much as kaberle could offer, he's not worth a 4th overall. now, we do have two second rounders...

FrenchCatalogues said...

Hells nah, Kaberle is not worth our 4th.

Razor Catch Prey said...

Kaberle might be worth a second rounder and the rights to Boris however. Or maybe even Pavs.

Heatley in exchange for Frolov, the 5th overall pick, and another player sounds like a great deal. Similar to what Pitt paid for Hossa last year, but inflated to reflect that Heatley has a contract (which he may or may not honor) for the next 5 years instead of just the next 10 weeks.

FrenchCatalogues said...

Maple Leafs receive significant offer for Kaberle via TSN twittera

FrenchCatalogues said...

Dammit Morty, beat me to it

Razor Catch Prey said...

It wouldn't be swapping Kaberle for the #4 pick straight up. It would probably be Kaberle in exchange for swapping the #4 for the #7.

I still wouldn't do it. Just throwing it out there that it's not likely DW would be offering to let Burke have BOTH the #4 and #7 picks in order to give up Kaberle.

There's too many D men out there in free agency for DW to give up the #4 pick for one now.

FrenchCatalogues said...

That's what I was thinking Razor, it'd be a swap. I just want KANE!!!

Mortimer Peacock said...

It's true that it wouldn't be swapping #4 for Kaberle alone, as we WOULD get the #7 pick as well.

One wonders just where Brayden Schenn will get drafted. Some people say he'll go the Kings at #5, some say to the Leafs at #7. And really, it'd be too perfect to have the Schenn brothers and possibly the Sedin Twins in Toronto.

If DW could somehow get a guarantee that the Kings would use #5 to draft Brayden Schenn or Magnus Paajarvi-Svennson, perhaps we could give up #4, get Kaberle, and STILL draft Kane at #7.

Insane, I know.

FrenchCatalogues said...

It's like all the GMs have to play a fair game. Hopefully the Coyotes get Cowen. Lombardi takes MPS, they should anyways, at least if I were them I would

Mortimer Peacock said...

There's almost no doubt that the Coyotes are going to take Cowen. They need a big defenseman and apparently they're deep in forward prospects.

Lombardi SHOULD get MPS, but his services won't be needed if they get Heatley...

FrenchCatalogues said...

According to Ben Wright DW is not trading the fourth