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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight: I’m starting with the man in the mirror

  • James Mirtle has an interesting piece on the declining influence of Russia and Central Europe in the NHL draft.
  • Not long after the Florida Panthers dealt defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s rights yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings could wind up doing the same with Marian Hossa.
  • Prized free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has narrowed down his search for an NHL destination to two clubs.
  • After winning the first day with a blockbuster deal for Chris Pronger, the Flyers continued to try to fill organizational holes by selecting several prospects that were off the radar of most of the top scouting services in the world.  The Pronger price is likely one worth paying to protect the Flyers goalies from the likes of Crosby and Malkin.
  • Come July 1, up to 10 players from the Phoenix Coyotes roster could become restricted or unrestricted free agents.
  • Brian Burke was unable to trade up to select John Tavares. But, according to at least one scout, the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager still came out the big winner at this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.
  • An open letter to New York Islanders from a Caps point of view.
  • The Canadian Hockey League Import Draft will take place online Tuesday June 30, 2009, beginning at 9:00 am Eastern Time.