LOS ANGELES -- On the eve of the NHL Entry Draft, a teenage girl standing steps from the Staples Center was waving a homemade sign professing her love for Taylor. Of course, this is L.A., so the Taylor in question was unequivocally
That's the thing about teenage girls. They have no problem voicing or writing their preferences before the fact.
If only Edmonton Oilers general manager
As for what happens next, that is when things could get even more interesting. In the days leading up to the draft, the trade market has been buzzing with teams that were more active than they had been in recent years. The Atlanta Thrashers, under the stewardship of new GM
On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers sent former first-rounder
The Panthers, who hired former Blackhawks GM
Why does the market seem to be so much more active this year? Perhaps it's the fact that more teams are hugging the salary cap tighter than a pair of jeggings. The Blackhawks, of course, are the prime example, with 13 players signed for 2010-11 for $53.4 million, and about $4 million in bonuses from this season that will go on next year's payroll. So, while the cap is expected to be $59.4 million next season, the 'Hawks will essentially be working with a $55.4 million limit. Though their situation is by far the worst in the league, they are not alone. Teams like the Red Wings, Flames and Bruins could find themselves crunching numbers and looking to move players and salary to make all the pieces fit.
Though the free agency market took a hit in the last few weeks -- with the Sharks re-signing
"This is why the draft is exciting," Burke says. "There's a lot of activity when you get all these people in one place. It's a time of great hope for our league. We see these great young players coming in. Every guy we draft, we think is going to play even though a lot of them never do. Everyone gets to stand up and hug his mom. It's cool."
That girl outside should come in and check it out.