Hockey Guy: Day 2 NHL Draft Updates Live
The Boston Bruins feared defenseman Dougie Hamilton would
draw an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, so they shipped him to Calgary for a first-round
pick and two second-round picks. That seemed like a small price to pay for a cornerstone defenseman, but the Bruins didn't want to pay top dollar to keep him.
The Los Angeles Kings believed forward Tyler Toffoli could draw an offer sheet, too. "I think that’s now going to become more in vogue," general manager Dean Lombardi told reporters at the draft.
So he praised Toffoli for re-upping with the Kings without incident. That gesture allowed the Kings to swing their trade for power forward Milan Lucic, adding size, toughness and skill to its front line.
Does this mean the Blues should worry about winger Vladimir Tarasenko drawing a crazy offer from a team with salary cap space?
If Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is concerned about this, he isn't showing. He insisted all the trade talks he had Friday were for "hockey trades" and not to create salary cap space for Tarasenko and add future assets.
He had forward T.J. Oshie in play, most notably with the Penguins. But nothing got done on that front Friday.
The trade talks will continue today, when the Blues do not pick until 56th overall. Things are happening down in South Florida.
Here is a running update: