SUNRISE — After yesterday’s fireworks, most set off by the Boston Bruins, people have reconvened in the hope for more at Day 2 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Vancouver and Carolina got an early start Saturday, as the Canucks sent popular goalie Eddie Lack to the ‘Canes in exchange for a pair of picks; it figures to be the first of several trades on the day as names like Phil Kessel, Kevin Bieksa, Anton Khudobin and Matt Beleskey continue to generate traction on the draft floor.
PHT will have all the latest from the BB&T Center, so be sure to check back often. Here’s some relevant linkage from last night:
PHT’s 2015 NHL Draft Tracker
The Next One? Oilers take McDavid first overall
Trade: Oilers send picks 16 and 33 to Islanders for Griffin Reinhart
Trade: Buffalo keeps dealing, acquires O’Reilly from Colorado
The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired goaltender Eddie Lack from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for 66th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and a 2016 seventh-round pick, according to Sportsnet.
Update: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has confirmed the trade, per Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander.
The 27-year-old netminder has a 2.43 GAA and .917 save percentage in 82 career games. He comes with an affordable $1.15 million cap hit for the 2015-16 campaign, although he is eligible to test the unrestricted free agent market after that.
This move signals that Vancouver plans to open the season with 25-year-old Jacob Markstrom as its backup goaltender. Markstrom has a poor track record over his 50 NHL games, but he had a dominant 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage in 32 contests with AHL Utica last season. He further raised his stock by posting a 2.11 GAA and .925 save percentage in 23 playoff games to lead Utica all the way to the Calder Cup Final.
Ryan Miller, who has two seasons remaining on his contract with a $6 million annual cap hit, will once again go into the season as Vancouver’s number one netminder.
Carolina now has three goaltenders inked to one-way contracts, including Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, so it is likely that the Hurricanes will make another move. It’s also worth noting that none of the three goaltenders are under their control beyond the upcoming season.
Related: Benning knows he ‘could get criticized’ for trading fan favorite Eddie Lack
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Before John Scott officially becomes a free agent, he decided to jokingly call out his former San Jose Sharks’ teammates. (CSN Bay Area)
With Jeff Skinner reportedly on the market, is there a chance that he’ll go to Pittsburgh? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jack Eichel has something in common with Indiana Jones. (Puck Daddy)
Dylan Strome talks about the nerves that come with draft day. (NHL.com)
The Boston Bruins recent draft history has been less than stellar. (Boston Herald)
Here are 10 players that might mess with people’s draft predictions. (The Hockey Writers)
Pekka Rinne has a new Mad Max inspired mask (Instagram)