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The Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade saga took a turn yesterday. The new twist is Ekman-Larsson stating through his agent that he unless he is traded by Friday at 11:59am, he will remain a Coyote.

Darren Dreger expanded on this thought a little, citing that they feel like the best time for a trade is just prior to the start of free agency, which begins at noon on Friday.

Honestly, this news of being a trade target two years after starting signing his extension and becoming captain of the Arizona hockey club has to be unnerving, upsetting, and annoying. It’s obvious that he doesn’t want to be traded; his current deal has a full NMC throughout the term. He reluctantly made a list of two teams, neither of which he really wants to play for because he wants to stay. For the record, neither team seems serious about pulling the trigger on the trade for different reasons. Vancouver doesn’t have the cap space without shedding some salary. The Bruins have the more interesting prospects to Arizona but apparently not the right combination that works for both sides.

So, a trade may or may not happen but definitely not after noon on Friday.


The first round of the NHL Draft happened last night. As stated before, the Bruins had no pick in the round due to trading it to Anaheim. But that doesn’t matter because that’s not the important takeaway. Last night, with the second pick in the draft, the LA Kings took center Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves. With his selection, he became the highest drafted black hockey player in NHL Draft history.

Before him, Evander Kane had been the highest pick in 2009 (4th overall). Seth Jones also was selected 4th overall in 2013.

Here’s what the write-up on NHL.com says about Byfield:

NHL.com analysis: The 18-year-old has a skill set reminiscent of Joe Thornton at the same age: Great size but a bit thin (6-4, 215), top-end playmaking ability and outstanding skating. As Thornton got older and spent time around NHL strength and conditioning coaches, he got stronger and became dominant, and it’s easy to see Byfield doing the same with the Kings.

Hey, like Joe Thornton? Byfield should have a long career!

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Well, It’s officially autumn around here. I finally fired up the pellet stove last night.
I still haven’t got all of the stuff in the basement stowed away so I can access the stacks of pellet fuel and move around, but a milestone has passed. I do still have an AC unit in one of the windows to take out (am sort of waiting for GH to finish organizing her office because the closet where that stuff is stored is in there, but also have been lazy/distracted)

Stripes
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Stripes

I’ve used the wood stove a few times. Just a little kindling to take the edge off last night

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yeah – the pellet stove has a thermostat-like gizmo controlling it. The stove barely came on once I knocked the threshold down to 73F. I’ll use 40-50 lbs per day for most of the winter but I could barely tell the difference in the fuel hopper level when I checked on it this morning.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, I’ve had to fire up the rinnai a few times the past few weeks. Mostly in the morning to fight the chill.

Stripes
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Stripes

Hey All!
Greetings from Monrovia. Made the trip up to work today.
Great surf session with pals last night. Surfed til it was dark!
Congrats Mr Byfield. Haven’t seen any of his play yet. Looking forward to it.
I’d still like the Bruins to lure Kulikov away from Winnipeg. Shouldn’t be that tough…. who wants to live in Winnipeg??? Maybe Russian defensemen I don’t know!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

So it looks like OEL is staying put, then! Well for an interesting story …

I like when people 40lbs heavier than me are described as ‘a bit thin’! Tbf though if I stepped into an NHL Game I think my life expectancy could be measured in seconds!

Stripes
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Stripes

6’4″ 215lbs….. does not sound thin, at least not to my ears

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That sounds like an average build for a 6’4″ athlete. Slightly bulky for a non-athlete.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Congrats and all the stick taps to Byfield! And also all the stick taps to the Sens for having Alex Trebek announce their draft pick!

And yes, I will be calling him Tim Spatzel.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

And props to the Sharks GM for sign-language “O Z Z Y” when drafting Ozzy Weisblatt (whose mom is deaf)

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That’s awesome. They should have the draft be fun like this all the time.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Wonderful! Really classy of him to do that.