More Entry Draft Moves: Duchene, Ryan, Gustavsson, Pouliot, Thomas, JvR, Schenn
(6/23/12) The Colorado Avalanche have locked up their young-gun Matt Duchene for 2 more seasons and $7 million. Duchene endured an injury-plagued season, playing in only 58 games and recording just 28 points. Apparently, the Avs are taking a wait and see approach with Duchene by not offering him a long term deal. He's a scoring machine if he's healthy, which he's been since February 2012. We expect a bounce-back year. (Denver Post)
The Winnipeg Jets have acquired Jonas Gustavsson's negotiating rights from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a seventh round pick at the 2012 Entry Draft. The Jets have questions in net and Gustavsson might be an answer. He's coming off a career high 42 GP and 17 win season in a timeshare with James Reimer. The move clears space for the potential Roberto Luongo trade to Toronto.
Tim Thomas has waived his no trade clause. As earlier reported, he is taking a year sabbatical to pursue the three Fs (friends, family and faith). Thomas could be dealt at any time and his career appears to be on life support, although there is nothing new about that. Thomas is master of his own destiny.
Also in Bruins news: Benoit Pouliot is now a Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for the 131st pick at the draft, and the rights to Michel Ouellet. Pouliot is set to become a restricted free agent if the Lightning can't extend his contract first. Pouliot is a great addition and represents a bit of a low-end sleeper pick for fantasy GMs. He's coming off a career high 16 goal, 32 point season in only 74 GP. We are going to give the nod to the Lightning on this move.
The Toronto Maples Leafs have given up on defenseman Luke Schenn and shipped him off to Philadelphia for James van Riemsdyk, who is coming off an injury-plagued season. JvR looked out of place in the playoffs, and Toronto represents a new start for this former up-and-coming young gun.
Finally, it looks like Bobby Ryan leaving Anaheim is just a formality now. He's come out and explicitly stated that he takes his current standing with the Ducks "personally." TSN reports that the Rangers are said to be a team interested, but that is if a deal for Rick Nash does not take place.