Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
It seems like recently bought out center Vincent Lecavalier has a list of suitors ready to snap him up:
The teams Lecavalier reportedly met with are the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames.
Dallas general manager Jim Nill confirmed his team’s meeting with Lecavalier prior to the start of the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday and said he likes the Stars’ chances.
Amidst all the trades and draft selections, the Coyotes re-signed goalie Mike Smith to a six-year deal:
The official requested anonymity because the contract still must be approved by the NHL.
The 31-year-old Smith had mostly been a backup before leading the Coyotes to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 2011-12, his first as Phoenix’s No. 1 goalie. Smith was about to become a free agent and had been waiting for clarity on the Coyotes’ ownership situation before signing.
With all the rumors floating around the Maple Leafs and their trade possibilities, they were relatively quiet only making a deal for Blackhawks center Dave Bolland:
Nonis sprung to acquire Game 6 hero Dave Bolland from Chicago on draft day, also selecting 6-foot-5 Rimouski pivot Frederik Gauthier with the 21st overall pick.
The moves work to address a position of instability within the organization, most immediately with the acquisition of Bolland, a 27-year-old Toronto native who won his second Cup with the Hawks earlier this week. “It doesn’t mean that we’re not [still] looking to try to shore up that area because from our standpoint, it still is an area of, I wouldn’t say weakness, but we’re not incredibly deep down the middle and that’s why it was important to get him,” said Nonis, minutes after the deal for Bolland was announced.
And the big shocker of the day — the Devils sending the 9th pick overall to Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider:
The Canucks selected centre Bo Horvat on Sunday at the Prudential Center.
Schneider seems in line to be the eventual successor to Martin Brodeur in net. Schneider was on the market once the Canucks were unable to dump high-priced goalie Roberto Luongo.
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