Sunday, June 25, 2006

Draft Day Deals

Flames find offence in Tanguay In a draft checkered with so-called project players, Darryl Sutter opted to make an immediate impact on his team by way of a trade. Minutes prior to the No. 1 overall selection at Saturday's NHL Entry Draft, the Calgary Flames landed left winger Alex Tanguay in a deal with Colorado.

VANCOUVER (CP) -- The Los Angeles Kings dealt star winger Pavol Demitra to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for minor league forward Patrick O'Sullivan and the 17th-overall pick in Saturday's NHL entry draft.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement right before Minnesota's turn to pick in the draft Saturday. The Kings chose American centre Trevor Lewis with the No. 17 pick.The Kings signed Demitra as a free agent last summer. The 31-year-old Slovak had 25 goals and 37 assists in 58 regular-season games for the Kings and will join star winger and countryman Marian Gaborik in Minnesota.Demitra has two years remaining on his contract at $4.5 million US each of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.O'Sullivan was a second-round draft pick of the Wild in 2003. The six-foot, 180-pound forward from Salem, N.C., had 47 goals and 46 assists in 78 games for the AHL's Houston Aeros last season.

In the wake of Friday night's blockbuster deal between Vancouver and Florida, the Atlanta Thrashers and Dallas Stars made a deal just before the start of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Atlanta sent former number one overall pick Patrik Stefan and defenceman Jaroslav Modry to the Stars for Niko Kapanen and a 7th round pick.
Stefan, taken first overall in 1999, was the first pick in the Thrashers' history. He never lived up to his potential, mostly due to various injuries.
Last season, Stefan scored 10 goals and 24 points in 64 games after struggling through a sports hernia problem. Concussion issues have also hampered his progress at the pro level.
In 414 NHL games, Stefan has 59 goals, 118 assists and 177 points.

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