Found May 29, 2013 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
The Calgary Flames earned the sixth overall pick in the NHL draft by playing poorly this season. They added first-round picks from St. Louis (in the Jay Bouwmeester trade) and Pittsburgh (via the Jarome Iginla deal). Scoring an elite prospect with their first pick shouldn't be hard, given the quality at the top of this draft. But the draft offers some depth, too, so the Flames could add several good prospects to their pile this summer. Right now Flames management is leaning toward using all the picks rather than packaging them to move up or trading some of them for proven talent. "I think the upper parts of this draft are really strong," Flames assistant general manager John Weisbrod told "It's tough to compare [drafts] year to year, but some are deeper than others in terms of some really good players available in the fifth, sixth or seventh rounds -- I would sort of describe this year's draft as similar to that."I think it's a really str...

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Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference Finals Series Has Chance to Be Something Special

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LINK CITY: Vokoun wants to be the man, Iginla, Crosby free

  This brilliant piece by Mike Colligan is from Friday, but it is a must-read on Tomas Vokoun and Fleury. [ The Hockey Writers ] “You play all those years because you want to have a chance to make a difference and be in playoff hockey. Over the years, when I was on other teams and we didn’t make the playoffs, you realize how special it is. You always envy the guys you...

What To Do: A Survival Guide for the Next 48 Hours by @ToonsBrian

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The Impressive Final Four

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