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    2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Now that the Stanley Cup was raised last night in Los Angeles, the off-season begins.

    Feel free to post about any news, events, transactions, the draft, etc. concerning the off-season here.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Ryan Kesler traded to the Anaheim Ducks, who'd a thought!

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-...-anaheim-ducks

    "The first major trade chip surrounding the NHL Entry Draft is on the move. Ryan Kesler has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. The now former Vancouver Canucks forward was believed to be one of the most sought-after trade targets out there after he had requested a trade earlier last season.

    The Canucks will receive forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick and Anaheim's third-round selection (85th overall) in 2014. The Ducks will receive Vancouver's third-rounder in 2015.

    So this is a massive deal for the Ducks and while they gave up a fair amount in quantity for Kesler, they probably are immediately getting better without sacrificing much quality.

    The two-way center with a Selke Trophy and 40-goal season in his past is a perfect guy to slot in behind first-line center Ryan Getzlaf. It also takes a lot of pressure off of the Ducks' top line that carried the mail offensively for the season.

    Kesler had a no-trade clause, so he had to approve a deal and it looks like he'll be headed to a divisional rival.

    The Ducks are letting go of a once-promising defenseman in Sbisa who has battled injuries and hasn't quite lived up to his first-round draft selection. He has one year remaining on his deal with a $2.175 million cap hit.

    Bonino, meanwhile, grew into a quality second-line player, putting up 22 goals and 49 points for the Ducks last season. The good news is that he is cheap for multiple years. He comes with a $1.9 million cap hit until 2016-17.

    Getting another first-round draft pick is also a key piece to the deal. Even though this is a weaker draft, the Canucks give themselves a little more flexibility with two picks in Thursday night's first round. They can take a bit of a swing for a high-risk, high-reward type player at No. 24 if they so choose. They could also package both of their first rounders this year in a deal to either move up in the draft or find a roster player from another club.

    It's hard to see where, if at all, the Canucks made a clear improvement to their roster, though. Losing Kesler leaves a hole that Bonino is probably not up to filling just yet, even though he's showing signs of promise offensively. Meanwhile, Sbisa is a bit of a wild card and that first-round pick could turn into anything at this point. The deal has potential, though, so it can't be termed as a bust just yet. But while there is potential, there is plenty of risk.

    The Canucks' hands were tied a bit as Kesler weilded a lot of power in terms of where he would accept a trade to. That limited market likely limited Vancouver's ability to get a max return.

    But really, it's hard to ignore how much better the Ducks are getting by adding a strong veteran center in Kesler. Having him as part of a one-two punch with Getzlaf is big. Though the 29-year-old Kesler has battled injuries, he has been a consistent 20-plus goal scorer while providing high level defense (though that may be starting to decline a bit).

    That defensive play will be important with a young defensive corps and even younger goaltending tandem.

    Kesler still has two years on his deal with a more-than-reasonable $5 million cap hit and the Ducks are nowhere close to the ceiling so they can continue to add if they want.

    With the competition out there for his services, it appears the Ducks did extremely well in giving away a lot, but not too much."

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Its where he wanted to go all along, surprised van actually did it though


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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgilicious View Post
    Its where he wanted to go all along, surprised van actually did it though
    Me too. I don't know much about the players Vancouver received, but the pick isn't as prized since it is later in the first round. My gut likes the trade for Anaheim. Think about it from their perspective... Kesler is going to be playing with Getzlaf, Ryan, Cam Fowler, etc. as I think they will benefit greatly. Also tells me the Ducks are making a big move towards winning next season.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Penguins trade James Neal to Nashville:

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/11...ille-predators

    "PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh Penguins left winger James Neal was traded to the Nashville Predators during the first round of NHL draft on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center.

    Nashville sent Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling to the Penguins.

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    James Neal, 26, recorded 27 goals and 61 points in 59 regular-season games for the Penguins.
    The move provides the offensively challenged Predators a much-needed scoring threat in Neal. The Penguins, meanwhile, gain some depth on the wing with Hornqvist and Spaling.

    "In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play."

    Hornqvist, 27, had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season, which marked the fourth time in his career he reached the 20-goal mark. He has 106 goals and 110 assists in 363 career regular-season games, all with Nashville. Hornqvist's best season came in 2009-10, when he scored a career-high 30 goals.

    Spaling, 25, had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season. He has 40 goals and 44 assists in 207 career regular-season games.

    "We like Spalding, he can play all three positions on the third line," Rutherford said. "I think we were just trying to change the mix of our team a little bit and get a little different type player."

    Though Neal is coming off a disappointing playoff performance, he recorded 27 goals and 61 points in 59 games during the regular season. The 26-year-old winger, who is entering the third year of a six-year, $30 million contract, is only two seasons removed from a career-high 40-goal season for the Penguins in 2011-12.

    Neal had been with the Penguins since 2010 after beginning his career with the Dallas Stars.

    More from ESPN.com
    James Neal might be the most talented player in this trade, but the Penguins were more focused on character than goals, writes ESPN.com's Scott Burnside. Story

    Craig Custance gives the Predators a B and the Penguins a C for the trade sending James Neal to Nashville. Story Insider

    Several reports indicated a flurry of activity around Predators general manager David Poile on the draft floor, presumably leading up to the trade. But while Poile acquired a proven goal scorer to bolster an anemic offense that ranked 19th in the league this past season, Neal has his fair share of critics that will point out that he has not performed nearly as well without the likes of superstar Evgeni Malkin on his line.

    Friday's deal also marked the first significant trade by newly hired Rutherford, who is entering his first offseason as general manager of the Penguins.

    Earlier in the day, top center Ryan Kesler was traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the Anaheim Ducks for two players and a draft pick. The NHL and NHL Players' Association also announced a lower-than-expected salary cap limit of $69 million for 2014-15.

    Whether that figure sparks more activity on the draft floor remains to be seen. Round 1 of the draft will be completed Friday night, with Rounds 2 through 7 set for Saturday.""

    I'm a little , as a Penguins fan..... The salary trade doesn't make sense, Neal is a hell of an offensive player and talent. I just don't get it. If it's because of the stupid penalties he takes or if he is upsetting the locker room, okay, but I'm not sure that's the case. Just hope the Penguins don't blow up the team with another big trade like Letang.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Richards is gone. No surprise. Dorsett traded for a draft pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorMan32 View Post
    Richards is gone. No surprise. Dorsett traded for a draft pick.
    Yeah, saw BR was bought out last weekend. A salary dump, GMan, what do you think? Youth movement? Rangers going to make any splashes in free agency?

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    I'm really interested to see what free agency brings, beginning July 1. Pittsburgh has 5-7 guys who could leave and go elsewhere, headlined by Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Good move for Nashville. They need scorers bad.
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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Where will Ryan Miller go? Didnt St Louis cut him?
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