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Islanders Acquire Cal Clutterbuck from Minnesota

The Islanders have built the core of their young team through the NHL Entry Draft and this year they looked to continue that trend. GM Garth Snow added one NHL ready player on draft day this year, Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck was not drafted though, he was acquired through a trade with the Minnesota Wild. (Photo Credit: sportsnet.ca)

On Ryan and Bernier: Is It Worth the Risk?

On Tuesday, the rumor mill concerning the Philadelphia Flyers blew up.

Not only was it confirmed by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that forward Danny Briere would be bought out, but conflicting reports about goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's security with the team surfaced, as well as trade rumors involving Anaheim's Bobby Ryan and Los Angeles' Jonathan Bernier also came to the forefront.

Talk about a crazy day.

All of this coming on the heels of a reported deal struck with the New York Islanders to acquire their former captain Mark Streit. Streit signed a bloated four year pact worth a grand total of $22 million. Following that deal, it signaled change. There is writing on the wall...but for whom?

If, for example, both Briere and Bryzgalov are bought out, that unlocks about $12 million in cap space. The Flyers are currently above the new cap ceiling of $64 million by $7 million. These moves would not afford a ton of room, but it would at least be something.

2012 NHL Draft Liveblog presented by TCL

As the 2012 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Pittsburgh, follow along in The Checking Line's liveblog! 

There will be plenty of discussion between readers and writers about trades, picks, and prospects. Chat away as the time ticks down before your favorite team's selection.

The live blog will open at 6:30 p.m. and run until the draft ends, or until the commentary stops! 

 

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TCL And Grinder Threads Draft Week Sale: 30% Off Everything!

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In celebration of one of the most wonderful times of the year for hockey fans, we're offering our readers a 30% discount on everything in the Grinder Threads store! T-shirts, hoodies, you name it, you've got it at almost a third the cost. Those fancy TCL-branded t-shirts (in black AND fancy bright red) and sweaters we keep bragging about? They can be yours for next to nothing

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Draft Week Mayhem

With the NHL 2012 Entry Draft rapidly approaching, Friday June 22nd, 2012 into Saturday June 23rd, 2012, there are many selections left to be determined. Most importantly to us is where do the Islanders fit in, in this year's draft. Once again the Islanders have a pick in the top five, this year it is the number 4 pick and there are a few ways in which the Islanders can use this pick. (Photo Credit: The Hockey Writers)

Is Ellis Ready for the Big Time?

In the 2009 entry draft, the Nashville Predators selected Ryan Ellis eleventh overall to become the fifth defenseman drafted by the Preds in the first round.At the time, many scouts were saying that if he had been two inches taller, Ellis would have been a top five pick that year, as his skill was unquestionable. The real question was, however, was whether he could transition his game to the NHL-level .

Ellis has been one of the most notable Predators draft picks due in large part to his performances on the world stage at the WJC, winning gold once in 2009 and two silvers in 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he was Canada's 8th defenseman, because of his tremendous skills on the...