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Major trades grab spotlight at NHL Entry Draft

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TSN.ca Staff
6/21/2008 11:29:16 AM
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Back in 1994, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Quebec Nordiques grabbed the spotlight from Florida's No. 1 overall selection Ed Jovanovski by completing the infamous Wendel Clark-Mats Sundin trade.

And 14 years later, it could be argued that the wheeling and dealing has taken the headlines once again from Tampa's No. 1 pick Steven Stamkos.

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft kicked off in Ottawa with 13 first-round trades on Friday night, and the Calgary Flames led the way early with two major deals.

The first move saw general manager Darryl Sutter acquire forward Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in a three-team deal that also involved the Anaheim Ducks. Calgary sent its 17th overall pick and their 2009 second round pick to the Kings for Cammalleri, and the Kings then shipped that pick and the 28th overall selection to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the Ducks' 12th overall draft pick.

The 26-year-old Cammalleri endured an injury-plagued season last year that still saw him score 19 goals and 28 assists in 63 games. In 283 career games all with the Kings, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native has 93 goals and 112 assists.

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter thinks that Cammalleri will fit in well with the Flames.

"I think he'll bring the offence that Alex (Tanguay) provided for us, but he's a little bit younger and a little bit less money," Sutter told TSN.

The Flames also sent ripples towards hockey-mad Montreal, sending forward Alex Tanguay and a 2008 fifth-round pick to the Canadiens for the 25th overall selection and a 2009 second-round pick.

"I'm very excited," Tanguay told TSN's sister station in Quebec RDS on Friday. "I'm really like the style the Canadiens play and I believe it fits my style of play."
 
A Ste-Justine, Quebec native, Tanguay is coming off a disappointing season that saw him score only 18 goals and 40 assists in 81 games while hearing his name mentioned almost constantly in trade rumours.

"Alex Tanguay was not comfortable with the Calgary Flames," general manager Bob Gainey told RDS. "He was on our list of coveted players and was always available. At 28 years of age, I think could be on our team for several seasons."

Tanguay was acquired by the Flames on draft day in 2006 from the Colorado Avalanche for defenceman Jordan Leopold.

He enjoyed his first year in Calgary, where he scored 81 points in 81 games.  In 609 career games, Tanguay has 177 goals and 362 assists. He helped capture the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in the 2000-01 season.

Tanguay has one year left on his current contract at $5.25 million.

The Florida Panthers finally parted ways with captain Olli Jokinen, sending the Finnish pivot to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defencemen Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and the 49th overall selection.

The move had been long rumoured as there were reports out of Florida that Jokinen and general manager Jacques Martin have had a strained relationship.

Jokinen scored 34 goals and 37 assists last season while playing in all 82 games. He has two years left on his contract following this season that will pay him another $10.5 million.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were the next team to get in the mix, acquiring forward R.J. Umberger and the 119th pick overall from the Philadelphia Flyers for the 19th and 67th picks.

Umberger, who attended Ohio State University in Columbus, was drafted by Vancouver in the first round, 16th overall, in 2001.

He was traded to New York Rangers by Vancouver with Martin Grenier for Martin Rucinsky on March 9, 2004 and then signed as a free agent by Philadelphia three months later.

This past season, Umberger had 13 goals and 37 assists after scoring 20 goals in his rookie season. He also enjoyed an excellent playoff campaign, scoring 10 goals and five assists in 17 games.

The Flyers weren't done dealing from there, capping off the night by acquiring defenceman Steve Eminger and the 84th overall pick from the Washington Capitals for the 27th overall selection.



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