Here’s the entire 2012 NHL Entry Draft order

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The NHL has released the entire order of picks from Rounds 1-7 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The draft will be held from June 22-23 at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center with the first round broadcast live by NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

(Round 2-7 will take place on Saturday, broadcast live by NHL Network beginning at 10 a.m., ET.)

Round 1

1. Edmonton
2. Columbus
3. Montreal
4. NY Islanders
5. Toronto
6. Anaheim
7. Minnesota
8. Carolina
9. Winnipeg
10. Tampa Bay
11. Washington (from COL)
12. Buffalo
13. Dallas
14. Calgary
15. Ottawa
16. Washington
17. San Jose
18. Chicago
19. Tampa Bay (from DET)
20. Philadelphia
21. Buffalo (from NSH)
22. Pittsburgh
23. Florida
24. Boston
25. St. Louis
26. Vancouver
27. Phoenix
28. NY Rangers
29. New Jersey
30. Los Angeles (optional to CBJ)

Round 2

31. Columbus
32. Edmonton
33. Montreal
34. NY Islanders
35. Toronto
36. Anaheim
37. Tampa Bay (from MIN via SJ)
38. Carolina
39. Winnipeg
40. Tampa Bay
41. Colorado
42. Buffalo
43. Dallas
44. Buffalo (from CGY)
45. Columbus (from OTT via PHX)
46. Minnesota (from WSH via NJ)
47. Carolina (from SJ)
48. Chicago
49. Detroit
50. Tampa Bay (from PHI)
51. Montreal (from NSH)
52. Pittsburgh
53. Florida (optional to TB)
54. Washington (from BOS via TOR and COL)
55. San Jose
56. St. Louis
57. Vancouver
58. Phoenix
59. NY Rangers
60. New Jersey
61. Dallas (from LA via PHI)

Round 3

62. Columbus
63. Edmonton
64. Montreal
65. NY Islanders
66. Nashville (from TOR via LA)
67. St. Louis (from ANA)
68. Minnesota
69. Carolina
70. Winnipeg
71. Tampa Bay
72. Colorado
73. Buffalo
74. Dallas
75. Calgary
76. Ottawa
77. Washington
78. Philadelphia (from SJ via FLA)
79. Chicago
80. Detroit
81. Phoenix (from PHI)
82. Ottawa (from NSH)
83. Pittsburgh
84. Florida
85. Boston
86. St. Louis
87. Anaheim (from VAN)
88. Phoenix
89. NY Rangers
90. New Jersey
91. Edmonton (from LA)

Round 4

92. Pittsburgh (from CBJ)
93. Edmonton
94. Montreal
95. Columbus (from NYI via VAN)
96. New Jersey (from TOR)
97. Anaheim
98. Minnesota
99. Carolina
100. Washington (from WPG)
101. Tampa Bay
102. Phoenix (from COL)
103. NY Islanders (from BUF)
104. Dallas
105. Calgary
106. Ottawa
107. Washington
108. Anaheim (from SJ)
109. Chicago
110. Detroit
111. Philadelphia
112. Nashville
113. Pittsburgh
114. Florida
115. Carolina (from BOS)
116. St. Louis
117. Columbus (from VAN)
118. Nashville (from PHX)
119. NY Rangers
120. Carolina (from NJ)
121. Los Angeles

Round 5

122. Montreal (from CBJ)
123. Edmonton
124. Calgary (from MTL)
125. NY Islanders
126. Toronto
127. Anaheim
128. Minnesota
129. Carolina
130. Winnipeg
131. Tampa Bay
132. Colorado
133. Buffalo
134. Dallas
135. New Jersey (from CGY)
136. Ottawa
137. Washington
138. San Jose
139. Chicago
140. Detroit
141. Philadelphia
142. Nashville
143. Pittsburgh
144. Dallas (from FLA)
145. Boston
146. St. Louis
147. Vancouver
148. Phoenix
149. Chicago (from NYR)
150. New Jersey
151. Los Angeles

Round 6

152. Columbus
153. Edmonton
154. Montreal
155. NY Islanders
156. Toronto
157. Toronto (from ANA)
158. Minnesota
159. Carolina
160. Winnipeg
161. Tampa Bay
162. Colorado
163. Buffalo
164. Nashville (from DAL via FLA)
165. Calgary
166. Ottawa
167. Washington
168. San Jose
169. Chicago
170. Detroit
171. Los Angeles (from PHI)
172. Nashville
173. Pittsburgh
174. Florida
175. Boston
176. St. Louis
177. Vancouver
178. Phoenix
179. Nashville (from NYR)
180. New Jersey
181. Los Angeles

Round 7

182. Columbus
183. Los Angeles (from EDM)
184. Phoenix (from MTL)
185. NY Islanders
186. Calgary (from TOR)
187. Anaheim
188. Minnesota
189. Carolina
190. Winnipeg
191. San Jose (from TB)
192. Colorado
193. Buffalo
194. Dallas
195. Washington (from CGY)
196. Ottawa
197. Washington
198. San Jose
199. Chicago
200. Detroit
201. Philadelphia
202. Nashville
203. Washington (from PIT)
204. Buffalo (from FLA via CHI)
205. Boston
206. St. Louis
207. Vancouver
208. Phoenix
209. Toronto (from NYR)
210. Anaheim (from NJ)
211. Los Angeles

Notes

— Washington has the most picks of any team, with 11.

— Tampa Bay has five picks in the top 50.

— Carolina has 10 picks, including three in the top 50.

— Buffalo has nine picks, including four of the first 44 selections.

— Los Angeles will send its 1st-round pick in 2012 or 2013 to Columbus, at Columbus’ option. (Jeff Carter-Jack Johnson trade)

— Florida will send its 2nd-round pick in 2012 or 2013 to Tampa Bay (via Philadelphia), at Florida’s option. (Kris Versteeg trade)

— San Jose gets a compensatory pick at No. 55 because it didn’t sign 2007 1st-round pick Patrick White. (Acquired from Vancouver.)

Penguins’ Letang gains more than just funny videos from Terrell Owens

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Off-season training is probably tedious at times … maybe even more tedious than the hockey-free months of the summer. Perhaps that explains why athletes love to mix things up, even if it means bringing in stars from other sports (and even if that calls for an embarrassing moment or two).

Kris Letang provided some background information surrounding that “ankle breaking” moment with former NFL star receive Terrell Owens during an NHL Network interview, which was transcribed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Josh Mackey. Letang also noted that others were faked out to an even greater degree.

The most important stuff, really, comes from what he looks to gain from these workouts … and also how close Letang might be to full-strength.

“I’m trying to get better all the time,” Letang said. “I think I found that I can improve my footwork.

“We have that at the gym twice a week. We have a sprinting coach. ‘TO’ has been working out with us. He’s an unbelievable guy to be around. He’s teaching us a lot of little things.”

Later on, Letang stated that ‘we’re on the path to starting training camp and being fully healthy,” according to Mackey’s transcription.

That sounds great, though that doesn’t sound like an outright guarantee that he’ll be ready by September. If nothing else, the Penguins and their star defenseman are used to this kind of thing.

Now, in case you missed it in the Morning Skate, here’s that bit of schooling from Owens:

And here’s “the proof” that Letang wasn’t alone in getting beat:

Now to solve the mystery of the other fakee

Wild GM wants long-term deals for Granlund, Niederreiter

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Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher admits that contract negotiations are “plodding along” with RFAs Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. Even so, Fletcher noted to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo that salary arbitration hearings might serve as just the sort of deadlines the Wild need with the two rising offensive talents.

As a reminder, Niederreiter’s hearing is slated for Aug. 3 and Granlund is scheduled for one day later, on Aug. 4.

Fletcher told Russo that he expects something similar to what Viktor Arvidsson worked out with the Nashville Predators, at least when it comes down to figuring out a fairly long deal around the time of a hearing.

“We’re open to any angle,” Fletcher said, referring to a term of three, four or five years. “I guess anything’s possible, but somewhere in that three- to five-year range would probably work well for everybody. That’s not to preclude a longer deal, but that’s not where the focus has been on our end.”

Plenty of recent deals for comparison

It’s easy to imagine Fletcher crossing his fingers that the Granlund and Niederreiter deals echoed Arvidsson’s from a cap perspective; Arvidsson’s only getting $4.25 million (though for seven years), while Russo notes that Granlund and Niederreiter are at least asking for more than $6M per year.

Of course, when it comes to hearings and really other negotiations, the asks from players tend to be high while teams tend to go low.

A realistic number is likely to fall somewhere in between, and if nothing else, the sides have a decent array to work with. It remains to be seen if the Wild aim for something more like Arvidsson’s $4.25M, Mika Zibanejad‘s $5.3M over five seasons, or a different dollar amount + term.

Pondering their value

Naturally, both forwards bring different arguments to the table.

Niederreiter is riding three consecutive 20+ goal seasons, setting new career-highs with 25 goals and 57 points in 2016-17. Granlund, meanwhile, is a bit more like Arvidsson in that he greatly improved upon previous career bests; in Granlund’s case, he scored 26 goals and 69 points. While Niederreiter has a longer track record, some might view Granlund as a higher “ceiling” guy.

The bright side is that the Wild have some cap space to work with. Cap Friendly estimates their cap space at $15.79 million before signing Granlund, Niederreiter, and Marcus Foligno as RFAs. As a team aiming to contend, they’ll want some wiggle room to work with, but at least the situation isn’t too dire.

Let’s look at Rangers’ contracts after Zibanejad signing

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The New York Rangers are no strangers to big off-season (and trade deadline) changes, and this summer has been no different.

Phew, that’s quite the series of changes, and it’s not necessarily covering every single facet.

So, that leaves us with some questions: what are the Rangers left with, and what does the future look like beyond 2017-18?

Spending on players in their own zone

When checking out the Rangers’ salary structure at Cap Friendly, it’s clear that the Rangers’ long-term commitments lie in Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million cap hit through 2020-21) and the defense in front of him.

Shattenkirk, 28, is the highest-paid blueliner of the bunch … at least for now.

His $6.65M cap hit is more manageable than some anticipated, particularly since the term isn’t too risky at four years. Shattenkirk, Marc Staal (30 years old, $5.7M), and Brendan Smith (28, $4.35M) all see their contracts expire after the 2020-21 season.

Shattenkirk may not be the most expensive Rangers defensemen for too long, as Ryan McDonagh is due for a raise quite soon. The 28-year-old’s $4.7M cap hit is a bargain, but his deal runs out after 2018-19. McDonagh would hit unrestricted free agency if the Rangers can’t figure something out there.

As mentioned before, the Rangers are trying to shake Holden’s $1.65M cap hit (a deal that only runs through 2017-18), but either way, he likely won’t be part of the mix for long. Brady Skjei, on the other hand, stands as an especially intriguing consideration. His rookie deal expires after next season, and with it that $925K cap hit. It will be intriguing to see how much he gets, and when the Rangers aim to sign him (as they technically could do that now if they’d like).

Staal’s $5.7M is a problem, especially going forward. Otherwise, the Rangers seem to be spending their money reasonably wisely on the blueline.

The goalies behind that defense should be fascinating to watch, as Pavelec has plenty to prove after years of Raanta giving Lundqvist very valuable breaks.

Uncertainty beyond Zibanejad?

It’s one thing to have three defensemen locked down for at least three seasons; it’s another to see that the Rangers only have three forwards with at least three years of term remaining.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, yet it’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser for a team that once made a lot of shaky bets on long-term deals for scorers.

Right now, these are the three Rangers forwards who are signed through 2019-20 or later:

Zibanejad: 24, $5.35M, expires after 2021-22 (would be UFA)
Chris Kreider: 26, $4.625M, expires after 2019-20 (UFA)
Jesper Fast: 25, $1.85M, expires after 2019-20 (UFA)

Those deals are good-to-great, and the best news is that those players are in the thick of their primes.

It’s fascinating to note some of the decisions that are looming, though.

After a long stretch of being a trade rumor magnet, Rick Nash, 33, will see his $7.8M cap hit evaporate after 2017-18. That could come in handy as the Rangers will see noteworthy forwards (and also Skjei) like J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, and Jimmy Vesey become RFAs. Desharnais is slated to be a UFA, and most importantly, Michael Grabner is too … and will almost certainly command a significant raise from his dirt-cheap $1.65M.

Some interesting deals only have two years remaining, including Mats Zuccarello‘s $4.5M and Pavel Buchnevich‘s ELC.

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All things considered, the Rangers are in pretty good shape. It’s up to GM Jeff Gorton to keep it that way.

Report: Hobey Baker winner Butcher won’t sign with Avs, will test free agency

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It looks like the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award winner won’t sign with the NHL team that has his rights … again.

Last year, Jimmy Vesey rejected the Nashville Predators’ offers in a very public way, ultimately signing with the New York Rangers. Defenseman Will Butcher will test free agency on Aug. 15 instead of agreeing to an entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche, as his agent confirmed to BSN Denver’s Adrian Dater.

“We informed the Avalanche of that decision,” Butcher’s agent, Brian Bartlett, told BSN Denver. “We appreciate what Colorado has done, and we’re not ruling out the Avalanche as a potential destination. But we just feel there will be other opportunities that should be explored too, and therefore we’re going (to the 15th).”

Those who’ve followed Butcher’s situation probably aren’t too surprised by the news.

It became clear as early as 2016 that the Avalanche weren’t interested in signing Butcher, a high-scoring defenseman they selected in the fifth round of a disastrous 2014 draft class.

This disinterest came even as Butcher generated 32 points in 39 games for the University of Denver in 2015-16, and he topped that last season, generating 37 points in 43 contests to take home the Hobey Baker. Butcher also enjoyed team success in 2016-17, helping Denver win a national championship.

At 22, he’d sign a cheap entry-level deal, only getting more expensive bonuses if Butcher excels, which would be worth it for just about any suitor. He’s likely to draw plenty of interest, whether he takes the Avalanche’s offers seriously or not.

Pension Plan Puppets provides an argument for why the Toronto Maple Leafs should be interested, while Second City Hockey went in-depth on the pluses for the defense-challenged Chicago Blackhawks, just to name two possible destinations that could make sense for Butcher.