Brad Treliving saw the rules for the expansion draft and immediately was in an advantageous position. The Calgary Flames' general manager needed a goaltender, and with Las Vegas set to harvest the NHL for two of them in a year, his colleagues had incentive to make a move.
As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft's second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards.
The weekend ended without a goalie trade, leaving Cam Ward and Eddie Lack in place as the Hurricanes’ tandem. It ended without the Hurricanes picking up Pavel Datsyuk’s contract, the Detroit Red Wings instead dumping the departed forward’s salary-cap hit on the Arizona Coyotes and their 27-year-old general manager for far less than many thought it would cost. And it ended without the Hurricanes making a deal of any kind, instead proceeding through an entirely ordinary weekend.
For the third straight year, the Carolina Hurricanes took a defenseman in the first round, selecting Jake Bean of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League with the 13th overall pick. With their second selection in the first round, No. 21, Carolina took forward Julien Gauthier, who scored 41 goals last season for the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Canes Saturday added another Finnish forward, selecting Janne Kuokkanen in the second round, 43rd overall. They then used their six other selections to pick up up three more forwards, two goalies and a defenseman in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Video: The Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis stated that he knows of no plans to move the team from the Triangle during a press conference held to discuss the upcoming NHL draft at PNC Arena on Thursday. Yesterday NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated the same, despite rumors in some cities.
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