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NHL.COM: The opening round of the 2015 NHL Draft begins tonight. Check out this site for the latest news on the top prospects.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only certainty is Connor McDavid will be selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel will go second overall to the Buffalo Sabres. After that, it’s anyone’s guess who goes where, or which teams will move up or down in the opening-round draft order.
THE NEWS & OBSERVERS’ Chip Alexander reports the following via Twitter regarding the Carolina Hurricanes: “(GM Ron) Francis say talks continue with Eric Staal, Cam Ward on contract extensions. Again says “every indication” is they want to stay with Canes.”
HURRICANES.NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday re-signed forward Chris Terry to a one-year contract worth $875K.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and agent Todd Diamond, who represents Wild RFA center Mikael Granlund, claim they’re not far apart on a new contract.
NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers RFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto could be headed toward salary arbitration.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan isn’t ruling out circling back to contract talks on pending UFAs Mike Green, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward and Eric Fehr after July 1. His priority, however, is re-signing RFAs Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks are close to hiring former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean as an assistant coach.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings center Jarret Stoll pleads guilty to two misdemeanor drug charges. “His plea-agreement sentence includes performing 32 hours of community service within 120 days.”
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks have “reportedly signed minor league goalie Troy Grosenick to a two-year, $1.2 million contract.”