2014 NHL Draft open thread

Original Post: Day One of the 2014 NHL Draft is upon us. We will be live-blogging the event, and will be updating this post with all big news from around the league. The first big deal was made this afternoon, when Ryan Kesler was sent to Anaheim. The Canucks also dumped defenseman Jason Garrison’s contract, sending him to Tampa Bay. The Rangers also sent Derek Dorsett to Vancouver for a third round pick (#85).

As for the Rangers, they may stay quiet. Gordie Clark said that the Rangers likely won’t trade into the first round. That doesn’t mean that they will be entirely quiet tonight (despite the Dorsett trade), as they have the negotiating rights to Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot, and Brian Boyle. I’m not saying they will be traded to recoup draft picks, but it wouldn’t surprise me if, at the very least, teams aren’t kicking tires on Stralman and Boyle.

7:19: Despite the rumors, Florida does not trade the first overall pick. They select Aaron Ekblad after some funny stalling from the Panthers.

7:45: Buffalo takes Sam Reinhart, Edmonton takes Leon Draisaitl, Calgary takes Sam Bennett, Isles take Michael Dal Colle. Only surprise so far is that the #1 and #5 picks, which were being shopped, were not dealt.

8:05: The Pittsburgh Penguins traded James Neal to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

9:10: San Jose traded picks 20 (1st) and 179 (6th) to Chicao for picks 27 (1st) and 62 (3rd)

10:00: Tampa Bay traded the 28th pick (the one they got from the Rangers) to the Islanders for picks 35 and 57 (second rounders).