Found June 19, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
If last week’s teasers and subtle message-sending by general managers, player agents and even players themselves who may or may not be playing the media to skirt tampering rules whetted your appetite for pre-draft rumors, you’re going to love this week and weekend. With the Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, the NHL Awards on Wednesday and the Entry Draf…I mean Draft taking place on Friday and Saturday, the sparse mid-June news cycle is about to give way to a week filled with “thought balloons” and message-sending that is as subtle as a brick. By Monday evening, TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts and the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman were talking about the intertwined nature of Rick Nash and Zach Parise’s futures, players and their agents were speaking up about the kinds of contracts they’re looking for and general manager bluster had returned to, “It’s entirely possible that the hot air issued forth over the next week could be the single greatest contributor to gl
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