Daily Pucking Grind. An Eventful Weekend. June 27th

Todays song of the day is Faceless by Red in honor of the We See Red campaign for the 2011-2012 season.

A lot of thing happened over the weekend starting with the NHL 2011 Draft in which the Panthers selected 10 players this weekend. Florida took center Jonathan Huberdeau with the third overall pick on Friday. They also took a variety of offensive players. like Grimaldi, Vincent Trocheck and Logan Shaw while also slecting defensive players such as Rasmus Bengtsson, Jonathan Racine and Yaroslav Kosov.

“It was a good blend,” scouting director Scott Luce told the Miami Hearld… “We knew it was a deep draft and we had to manage it accordingly…We think our draft plan was executed well.”

Then, after being asked by the Blackhawks to waive his no-trade agreement D Brian Campbell agreed to go to the Panthers in a trade that sent Rostislav Olesz to Blackhawks.

“I’ve had a lot of things to think about the past couple of days… I’m happy about it,” Campbell said in a conference call “It wasn’t easy to leave Chicago, I enjoyed my time there and my fiancée is from there…but this is an opportunity. Obviously I’ve talked to Dale Tallon, I know what they’re doing there. This is going to be better for my career, going to Florida, playing a bigger role than I was in Chicago…”

“He wants to play for the Panthers and that means a heck of a lot to me and our organization,” Tallon said. “I brought Soupy into Chicago and he’s willing to come down and turn this franchise around. That speaks volumes.”

Campbell, 32, has played in 626 National Hockey League games for Buffalo (2001-08), San Jose (2007-08) and Chicago (2008-11) scoring 54 goals with 258 assists, 167 PIM and a plus-53 rating. The 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2009-10 season, assisting on the game-winning goal in game six of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals. Campbell has played in 90 postseason games registering 38 points (8-30-38), appearing in the playoffs in six of his last seven seasons.

Not to mention the former Atlanta Thrashers officially took their new name as the Winnipeg Jets, the NHL schedule was released, there were several other trades, the Panthers got a new AHL affiliate, released their new home jerseys…and we got some updates on coaching.

We will get to some of that later in the week…but for now you can check out these links.


NHL realignment plan: Improving or meddling with playoffs? Puck Daddy

Cats Grab Memorial Cup MVP Huberdeau at No. 3 NHL Hot Stove

Blackhawks trade Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer on busy draft day Sun Times

Kings trade Ryan Smyth to Edmonton for Colin Fraser, seventh-round pick LA Times

Chuck Fletcher on Trading Brent Burns Hockey Wilderness

Draft a blast for Jets pick Mark Scheifele Globe and Mail


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