Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane Injures Wrist, Will Have Surgery

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RECOVERY EXPECTED TO TAKE 6-8 WEEKS

Looks like Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane will have trouble lifting his drink for the next six to eight weeks.  The Blackhawks released a statement today announcing that Kane has a fractured left wrist that will require surgery to repair.  The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19.  A full recovery from the injury could take up to two months.  For more on the injury, and the full statement from the Chicago Blackhawks, click after the jump.

 

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Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks Make Second Blockbuster Trade

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MARTIN HAVLAT TRADED FOR DANY HEATLEY

 

The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks have made a second blockbuster trade in just over a week.  The Wild send last year’s leading scorer Martin Havlat to the Sharks for former Wisconsin Badger star Dany Heatley.  The trade was an old school one for one player swap, something rarely seen in these days of mega contracts.  Havlat has four years left at $5 million per season, while Heatley will make $7.5 million for the next three years.

 

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St. Louis Blues 2011 NHL Draft Picks

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2011 St. Louis Blues NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the St. Louis Blues drafted, after the jump.

 

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Nashville Predators 2011 Draft Picks

 

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2011 Nashville Predators Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Nashville Predators drafted, after the jump.

 

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2011 Draft Picks

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2011 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Columbus Blue Jackets drafted, after the jump.

 

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Winnipeg Jets 2011 Draft Picks

2011 Winnipeg Jets NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Winnipeg Jets drafted, after the jump.

 

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Minnesota Wild 2011 Draft Picks

2011 Minnesota Wild NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Minnesota Wild drafted, after the jump.

 

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Detroit Red Wings 2011 Draft Picks

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2011 Detroit Red Wings Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Detroit Red Wings drafted, after the jump.

 

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Minnesota Wild Trade Brent Burns To San Jose Sharks

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Burns, Pick Sent To Sharks For Setoguchi, Prospect, 1st Round Pick

 

The Minnesota Wild swung a blockbuster trade during round one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, trading All Star defenseman Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks.  In return for Burns and a second round pick in next year’s draft, the Wild received winger Devin Setoguchi, prospect Charlie Coyle, and the 28th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  The Minnesota Wild then drafted center Zack Phillips with the 28th selection.  To find out why the Wild traded Burns, and how the deal affects the roster, find out after the jump.

 

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2011 NHL Mock Draft – Round 1 (v3.0)

 

 

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2011 MOCK NHL ENTRY DRAFT v3.0


While the quest for this year’s Stanley Cup has been completed by the Boston Bruins, the rest of the NHL is gearing up for next season’s potential championship season.  The first task in the offseason is the NHL Entry Draft, this year held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.   Who will go where?  How will your team meet its needs?  It’s all part of the intrigue of draft day and the 2011 NHL Entry draft, June 24 and 25.  To hold you over until the first pick is announced, here’s a fresh mock draft to hold you over.   Let’s put the Edmonton Oilers on the clock.  To find out who they pick, and every other NHL team pick, read after the jump.

 

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2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Preview

 

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2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Vancouver Canucks  vs  Boston Bruins

 

With the Memorial Day weekend past, it is officially summer around these parts.  And the best way to celebrate is with the Coolest Game on Earth.  While the rest of the league gets ready for the NHL Draft, the Stanley Cup Finals start Wednesday night in Vancouver as the Canucks try and bring home their first ever Stanley Cup.  Their opponent is the Boston Bruins, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League who has an historic pedigree, but have struggled to win titles in the modern era.  Will the Canucks win their first Cup in their 40 year history and return the hardware to Canada?  Will the Bruins end their 39 year drought and win their sixth title in franchise history?  As the NHL commercials say, “History will be made.”  At the end of this series, a new chapter will be engraved into history.  Get everything you need to get ready for the Stanley Cup Finals, including information on both teams,  match ups to watch for, and predictions, all after the jump.

 

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Red Wings Brian Rafalski Expected To Retire

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Red Wings Brian Rafalski Expected To Announce Retirement Wednesday

 

The Detroit Red Wings have announced a press conference for 11:00am Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena where it is expected that defenseman Brian Rafalski will announce his retirement from the National Hockey League after eleven seasons.  This was Rafalski’s fourth season in Detroit after previously playing for the New Jersey Devils, and in Sweden and Finland.  The 37 year old, who went undrfated after a college career at Wisconsin, has one year left on his contract.  It is believed that knee and back injuries over the last couple seasons are contributing to the retirement.

 

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