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Here’s the entire 2014 NHL Entry Draft order

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The NHL has released the full order for all seven rounds of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, to be held in Philadelphia on June 27-28. A few notes:

— St. Louis will be busy, as it has nine picks and three in the top 52. The Blues have at least one pick in each round; two in the second round and two more in the sixth.

— The Kings, Islanders, Stars and Capitals also have nine picks.

— Only the Ducks (No. 10 and 24) and Lightning (19 and 28) have more than one pick in the first round.

— The Rangers and Sens don’t have first-round picks.

Per the Columbus Dispatch, Anaheim must inform the Blue Jackets by 7 p.m. ET on June 27 if they are going to keep the No. 38 pick, or give it to Columbus. For more, read here.

The order…

Round 1

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

Round 2

31. Buffalo
32. Florida
33. St. Louis (from Edmonton)
34. Calgary
35. NY Islanders
36. Vancouver
37. Carolina
38. ANA or CBJ, at ANA’s option (from TOR)
39. Buffalo (from Winnipeg via Minnesota)
40. Ottawa
41. New Jersey
42. Nashville
43. Phoenix
44. Washington
45. Dallas
46. Nashville (from Detroit)
47. Columbus
48. Philadelphia
49. Buffalo (from Minnesota; conditional to St. Louis)
50. Tampa Bay
51. San Jose
52. St. Louis
53. San Jose (from Pittsburgh)
54. Calgary (from Colorado)
55. Anaheim
56. Boston (conditional to Philadelphia)
57. NY Islanders (from Montreal)
58. Phoenix (from Chicago)
59. NY Rangers
60. Los Angeles

Round 3

61. Buffalo (conditional to St. Louis)
62. Chicago (from Florida)
63. Columbus (from Edmonton via LA)
64. Calgary
65. NY Islanders
66. Vancouver
67. Carolina
68. Toronto
69. Winnipeg
70. Ottawa
71. New Jersey
72. Nashville
73. Phoenix
74. Washington
75. Dallas
76. Detroit
77. Columbus
78. NY Islanders (from Philadelphia)
79. Minnesota
80. Tampa Bay
81. San Jose
82. St. Louis
83. Calgary (from Pittsburgh)
84. Colorado
85. Anaheim
86. Boston (conditional to Philadelphia)
87. Montreal
88. Chicago
89. NY Rangers
90. Los Angeles

Round 4

91. Edmonton (from Buffalo via Minnesota)
92. Florida
93. Colorado (from Edmonton via Toronto)
94. Toronto (from Calgary)
95. NY Islanders
96. Carolina (from Vancouver)
97. Carolina
98. Chicago (from Toronto)
99. Winnipeg
100. Ottawa
101. Winnipeg (from New Jersey)
102. Nashville
103. Toronto (from Phoenix)
104. Washington
105. Dallas
106. Detroit
107. Columbus
108. NY Islanders (from Philadelphia)
109. Minnesota
110. St. Louis (from Tampa Bay)
111. Edmonton (from San Jose)
112. Nashville (from St. Louis)
113. Pittsburgh
114. Colorado
115. Dallas (from Anaheim via Washington)
116. Boston
117. Montreal
118. Washington (from Chicago via NY Islanders)
119. NY Rangers
120. Los Angeles

Round 5

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

Round 6

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

Round 7

181. Buffalo
182. Florida
183. Edmonton
184. Calgary
185. NY Islanders
186. Vancouver
187. Carolina
188. Toronto
189. Winnipeg
190. Ottawa
191. Phoenix (from New Jersey)
192. Washington (from Nashville)
193. Phoenix
194. Washington
195. Dallas
196. Detroit
197. Columbus
198. Philadelphia
199. Minnesota
200. Tampa Bay
201. Detroit (from San Jose)
202. St. Louis
203. Pittsburgh
204. Colorado
205. Anaheim
206. Boston
207. Montreal
208. Chicago
209. Los Angeles (from NY Rangers)
210. Los Angeles

Ready for No. 1 duties, Elliott wants to be ‘backbone’ for Flames

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 15:  Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues tends goal during the first period against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 15, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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At 31, Brian Elliott will be one of most experienced guys on the Calgary roster next season.

But he’s also ready to embark on something unique.

Elliott will have the chance to be a clear-cut, unquestioned, No. 1 starting netminder for the first time in his career when the Flames open play in October — an opportunity he’s ready to embrace.

“As a goalie you want to be wanted. You want to have that opportunity,” Elliott said on Wednesday during his introduction to the Calgary media. “I’m going to do my best to be the backbone of the team and try to be a leader and just do whatever I can to be the rock for the guys on the back end and let the guys do the rest of the work.”

There’s little doubt about Elliott’s role in Calgary for next season. He was stellar in ’15-16, posting a .930 save percentage and 2.07 GAA, helping the Blues advance to the Western Conference Final. And the Flames further anointed Elliott as the No. 1 by signing career backup Chad Johnson to fill the No. 2 role.

So, next year is sorted.

But what about after that?

Elliott is a UFA after this season, and so is Johnson. Flames GM Brad Treliving did say at the draft that Elliott’s contractual status and cap hit played a role in the acquisition, adding that discussions about a new deal could be in the works.

“As part of this deal, Doug [Armstrong, Blues GM] allowed me to talk to [Elliot’s] representative, so there may be the opportunity to look at an extension,” Treliving said at the time. “We’ll look at that. There’s no need to rush, but maybe there is a need to look at something.”

It’s been long rumored that Calgary wasn’t looking for a long-term solution in goal, but rather a “transitional guy.” That’s why Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, currently under contract for two more years, had been tied to the Flames.

Looking down the road, it’s clear Calgary is anticipating one of their draftees pans out in goal. The club took Providence standout Jon Gillies 75th overall in 2012, Mason McDonald 34th overall in ’14, and Tyler Parsons 54th overall this  year — but none of them are close to being NHL ready.

Which brings us back to Elliott.

Given how erratic things were in Calgary’s net last year both performance- and contractual-wise, one would assume Treliving would like to keep “Moose” around for more than just this season.

With ‘no expectations’ for Franzen or Vitale to play, Wings aren’t worried about cap situation

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At first glance, Detroit’s current financial situation isn’t good. Petr Mrazek’s recent two-year, $8 million extension pushed the payroll to nearly $78 million, well over the $73M ceiling for next season.

But there is a catch.

“Certainly we have no expectations that [Johan] Franzen and [Joe] Vitale are playing hockey this year,” GM Ken Holland said Wednesday, per MLive. “I talked to Vitale after we traded (for) him. He’s having on-going issues with concussion.

“He certainly not expecting to be in camp. I’m not expecting to see Johan Franzen on the ice.”

Vitale, acquired from Arizona as part of the Pavel Datsyuk deal at the draft, carries at $1.16 million cap hit. Franzen, who played in just two games last year while dealing with concussion issues of his own, carries a $3.95M hit.

Putting those two on long-term injured reserve would almost get Detroit right back into cap compliance. Holland can also exercise a similar option with Teemu Pulkkinen, who underwent shoulder surgery this offseason (and makes $812,500).

Thing is, cap compliance isn’t all Holland wants to accomplish.

Though he re-signed Danny DeKeyser to a big six-year, $30 million contract earlier this week, Holland still wants to add to his blue line. The Wings have a surplus of forwards, and Holland has said he’d “love to get a top-three defenseman” prior to the start of next season.

A top-three defenseman will undoubtedly cost a fair bit of money. Which means a fair bit of money would need to go the other way in return.

Detroit has reportedly spoken to Anaheim about acquiring Cam Fowler. Fowler, 24, would be a good fit — he’s got a very reasonable contract ($4 million annually through 2018), the type of money the Wings could bring aboard if they were to part with the likes of, say, Gustav Nyquist ($4.75 million through 2019).

The catch, of course, is that the asking price for defensemen is sky high. It cost the Oilers Taylor Hall to get Adam Larsson out of New Jersey, and there are teams like Boston — still desperately searching for a “transitional” defenseman — that have publicly stated the acquisition cost is steep.

So while Detroit might not be worried about its cap situation for next season, it has to be concerned about having what it takes to upgrade the defense.

Related: Blues GM says he might just keep Kevin Shattenkirk

 

With Peters re-signed, ‘Canes ready to snap playoff drought

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It’s been an exciting offseason in Carolina.

Now the team is equally excited about the season at hand, and the prospect of making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

“We think we’re right there,” GM Ron Francis said on Tuesday, in announcing head coach Bill Peters’ contract extension through 2019. “We want to get in the playoffs, and we want to have success around here.”

Hired with little fanfare two years ago, there’s a sense Peters has finished the unglamorous dirty work in shaping the team, and teaching players how he wants the game to be played.

Now is the time to see the fruits of his labor.

In his first season behind the bench, the former Mike Babcock assistant was working with an expensive, older, mediocre group that included the likes of Alex Semin, Eric Staal, Tim Gleason and John-Michael Liles. The group wasn’t especially inspiring, and all the guys mentioned are now gone.

Next season, the ‘Canes project to be a different lot.

They’ll boast a young, dynamic group of players aged 24 or younger: Justin Faulk, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, Teuvo Teravainen, Noah Hanifin and Sebastian Aho, to name a few.

These are all a positive changes for Peters, who is clearly a coach on the rise. He was named the bench boss for Team Canada at the world championships, and led the country to gold. This fall, he’ll reprise his role as Babcock’s assistant for Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

“When you go back a couple years ago, there were a lot of questions about who we had hired,” Francis explained. “[Peters] wasn’t really well known, but in the two years he’s been here, he’s done a tremendous job.”

Put it all together, and it’s easy to see why optimism in Carolina is so high. Though the roster will be young next year, it’s absolutely loaded with talent and there’s good reason to believe they’ve got the right coach to lead the group.

If there is one thing that could dampen enthusiasm, though, it’s the club’s goalie situation.

Francis made the curious move of bringing Cam Ward back on a two-year deal, resurrecting the Ward-Eddie Lack tandem that struggled at times last season.

Peters was extremely patient and protective of his netminders during that spell, but with expectations raised, that tone might change.

Yzerman knows Bolts have ‘to be under the cap at some point,’ so Callahan (hip) could open on LTIR

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It might feel complex, but the financial situation in Tampa Bay is actually straightforward — GM Steve Yzerman has roughly $5-$6 million in cap space, with forward Nikita Kucherov and d-man Nikita Nesterov still to sign.

And Yzerman thinks he has a way to get ’em done.

“We’ve got to be under the cap at some point,” Yzerman said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “Depending on the health of players, Ryan Callahan had surgery and if he’s not ready to to start the season, that buys us some time.

“We can do that (long-term injured reserve) if we need to. At some point, we’re going to have to be cap compliant to start the season, there’s no way around it.”

Callahan underwent major hip surgery in late June, and was expected to miss the next five months of action. He’s already been ruled out of competing for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey, and now it sure sounds like his absence will extend into the regular season.

Which could suit the Bolts just fine.

While they’ll miss Callahan’s presence, the temporary relief of his $5.8 million cap hit could allow Yzerman to take care of Kucherov and Nesterov now, and figure out the finances later.

Trades at the end of the preseason/start of the regular season are commonplace, especially with teams looking to get cap compliant. Last year, in a mid-September deal, Chicago was forced to flip Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom to Carolina in order to sign Marcus Kruger.

Of course, Kucherov is going to demand significantly more money than Kruger did from the ‘Hawks.

The Times floated the idea of Filip Forsberg‘s new contract in Nashville — six year, $36 million — as a potential comparable, which could mean Yzerman will be forced to trade a fairly noteworthy contributor, not just a couple of spare parts.

Names that have been floated include veteran centers Valtteri Filppula and Brian Boyle. Yesterday’s signing of promising pivot Vladislav Namestnikov suggests the team thinks Namestnikov is ready to assume a larger role down the middle, making Filppula and/or Boyle expendable.