Stars GM feels ‘there could be a lot of moves’ at draft


From USA Today:

The NHL draft floor could feel as much like an auction house as a drafting venue when teams gather in Philadelphia for the annual event in late June.

“Some teams are going to be looking to move some salaries, and I just have a feeling there could be a lot of moves,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

Adding further spice to the event is that Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon isn’t ruling out trading the No. 1 draft pick.

Let’s hope Nill is right, because, well, trades are fun. The big one last year in Newark was Cory Schneider getting sent to the Devils from Vancouver. The year before, in Pittsburgh, Penguins center Jordan Staal was dealt to Carolina. In both cases, it was the team hosting the draft that made the biggest splash. Say, have the Flyers ever made any blockbuster trades?

If you’re wondering, the last time the first overall pick was traded was in 2003, when Florida sent it to Pittsburgh, who then took goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

The year before, it was Columbus that swung a deal with Florida to select Rick Nash first overall.

Related: Florida will ‘definitely’ shop first overall pick, says Tallon

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.