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Trade: Shero gets familiar face, acquires oft-injured Bennett from Pens

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BUFFALO — Back in 2010, then-Penguins GM Ray Shero selected Beau Bennett with the 20th overall pick at the draft.

Six years later, the two have been reunited — in New Jersey.

In another Day 2 deal, the Devils acquired Beau Bennett from Pittsburgh in exchange for the 77th overall pick. The Pens then used that pick to select Connor Hall, a defenseman from OHL Kitchener.

Much has changed for both Shero and Bennett over the last six years. The former was fired by the Penguins, and hired by New Jersey last offseason. The latter, once considered a promising prospect, has been besieged by injuries and never really got his career going in Pittsburgh.

And now, he’ll get a shot in New Jersey.

This has been the Devils’ strategy since Shero came aboard — try and find young, one-time prospects that haven’t fulfilled their potential. It worked very well with Kyle Palmieri, who scored 30 goals this year after getting pried out of Anaheim, but the jury is still out on Shero’s other similar moves (Devante Smith-Pelly, specifically).

Shero’s also dipped into the Pens organization before. Head coach John Hynes was hired out of AHL Wilkes-Barre, where he spent some time coaching Bennett. Shero athen brought aboard Tyler Kennedy, his former winger in Pittsburgh.

In Bennett, the Devils get a 24-year-old that’s never played more than 49 games in a single season due to two wrist surgeries, a recurring shoulder injury and even a bout of the mumps.

Last year, Pens GM Jim Rutherford admitted the club erred in Bennett’s development, saying he should’ve spent more time in AHL Wilkes-Barre.

In light of all this, today’s deal is a reasonable gamble for the Devils. Bennett has offensive talent — he had six goals and 12 points in 33 games last year — and New Jersey is desperate for more scoring throughout the lineup.

Of course, the Devils will need to sign him. Bennett is a pending RFA, having played last year on an $800,000 contract.

AP Source: Police investigating Evander Kane harassment claim

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 01: Evander Kane #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the Edmonton Oilers at First Niagara Center on March 1, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Buffalo police are investigating an allegation that Sabres forward Evander Kane physically harassed two women at a downtown bar.

The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Friday because police have not revealed any details of their investigation.

The person said Kane is accused of grabbing the woman by the arm or shoulder early Friday. The person said no charges have been filed and no one has been arrested.

Buffalo’s WIVB-TV first reported the investigation.

This is Kane’s second run-in with legal trouble in six months. In March, prosecutors announced after a three-month investigation that Kane would not face a sexual assault charge stemming from a December incident because there was no evidence to support the allegation.

Bolts trade ‘skilled offensive defenseman’ DeAngelo — a ’14 first-rounder — to Coyotes

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27:  Anthony DeAngelo speaks to the media after being selected nineteenth by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO — Two years ago, Tampa Bay scouting director Al Murray had nothing but good things to say about Anthony DeAngelo, who the Bolts took 19th overall at the draft.

Now, DeAngelo is gone.

In a Day 2 surprise, Tampa Bay sent DeAngelo to Arizona in exchange for the 37th overall pick, which the Bolts used to select Czech defenseman Libor Hajek.

At the time of selection, Murray called DeAngelo “the most skilled offensive defenseman in the draft,” saying he was a better passer and puck mover than the No. 1 overall pick — Aaron Ekblad.

“Ekblad’s a special player, but he doesn’t have the offensive ability that Anthony has at this point,” he said. “Aaron Ekblad’s a tremendous player. He’s physically strong enough to be in the NHL next year, he’s a shutdown defenseman that plays with a mean streak.

“But when it comes to his actual puck skills and offensive game, he makes a solid first pass and he’s got a bomb for a shot from the point — but we don’t see the same ability to move the puck around, have the same vision, make all the different passes in different zones that Anthony has.”

This year, his first pro season with AHL Syracuse, DeAngelo produced well offensively — six goals and 43 points in 69 games — so it’s not 100 percent clear why the Bolts decided to ship him out.

DeAngelo, 20, did have some disciplinary issues while playing junior hockey.

He was slapped with an eight-game suspension midway through the ’13-14 campaign for using a slur against a teammate. From Yahoo:

The Ontario Hockey League announced they had suspended [DeAngelo] eight games for violating the league’s harassment, abuse and diversity policy.

It’s the second time this season the 18-year-old has been suspended for contravening the rule which attempts to keep homophobic, racist, sexist, and the other derogatory language used by small minds – out of the game.

DeAngelo also missed three games for the Crunch this year, which were classified as a “coach’s decision.”

Trading Shaw was ‘tough decision,’ but one Bowman had to make

Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw (65) looks to the bench after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago, Thursday, May 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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BUFFALO — Stan Bowman didn’t want to ship Andrew Shaw out of Chicago.

But he didn’t have any other option.

“We’re trying to build our team for many years to come,” Bowman said on Friday night, just hours after sending Shaw to Montreal for a pair of picks. “In order to have the future Blackhawks coming through, you have to sometimes make tough decisions.”

Bowman admitted this decision didn’t pop up overnight, and that it’s been clear for a while that Shaw, a pending RFA, wouldn’t be back in Chicago. But within the last week, everybody’s fate was cemented. Once Shaw’s initial ask was leaked — believed to be $4.5 million annually — and next years’ $73 million salary cap ceiling was confirmed, Bowman had to make a move.

“It was evident long ago that something was going to have to give, with the money we have committed and where the salary cap is,” Bowman said. “We looked at a lot of different options, and this is the one that made the most sense.”

It’s going to be odd seeing the ‘Hawks without Shaw in the lineup. One of the team’s most colorful players and a fan favorite, the 24-year-old has been a key contributor to a pair of Stanley Cup championships, and scored at least 14 goals in each of the last three seasons.

His grinding, agitating ways make him a royal pain to play against, and his postseason value is large. Shaw was a point-a-game player against St. Louis in the opening round this year — missing one game due to a suspension for making a homophobic slur — and was very productive during the Cup run of ’15, scoring five goals and 12 points in 23 games.

A fifth-round pick in 2011, Shaw defied the odds to make the ‘Hawks in his draft year, and spent his entire career in the Windy City.

And now he’s off to Montreal.

“You have to make tough decisions some times,” Bowman admitted. “This was one of those.”

Welcome to Day 2 of the draft

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24:  A general view during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO — We’re back at the First Niagara Center for Rounds 2-7 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

While Day 2 traditionally lacks the pomp and circumstance of the opening round — no going to the stage, fewer interviews, etc. etc. — there’s still a lot of intrigue.

A few things to keep an eye out for on Saturday:

— Who will be the first goalie off the board? None were taken yesterday, and some consider WHL Everett’s Carter Hart the best ‘tender available in this year’s class.

— What about those slippery sliders? The likes of Alex Debrincat (OHL Erie, No. 21 North American skater), Tyler Benson (WHL Vancouver, No. 24 NA skater) and Rasmus Asplund (Farjestad, No. 4 European skater) were all considered potential first-round selections, but didn’t get picked on Friday.

— Are there more trades to come? Yesterday saw a flurry of action as Montreal flipped Lars Eller to Washington, then acquired Andrew Shaw from Chicago. Detroit unloaded Pavel Datsyuk’s contract on the Coyotes, and the Flames finally got their goalie by acquiring Brian Elliott from St. Louis.

— Today also marks the opening of the free agent interview period, so we could get some news on which teams are talking to July 1 targets.

There’s no shortage of things to cover today, and PHT will be live from the draft floor to cover it all. Check back often for updates.