Mar 31, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski (55) skates with the puck as New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) chases during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: June 30th Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs.  So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts! 

Apr 4, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner (89) scores on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during a shootout to win the game 3-2 at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

  • Why Recent Columbus Blue Jackets Draft Picks Are Flourishing – With epic draft busts like Nikita Filatov, the Columbus Blue Jackets have gained the reputation for not being the best team at the NHL Draft. However, with the team’s recent success and players like Ryan  Johansen, Boone Jenner, and Ryan Murray breaking out, it appears that the Blue Jackets have improved with evaluating talent. While acquisitions like Jack Johnson, Nathan Horton, and Scott Hartnell may make the headlines, the backbone of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the home grown talent selected at the draft. Union and Blue takes a look at some of the recent picks by the Blue Jackets and how the team has improved through the draft. [ Union and Blue ]
  • Sam Gagner’s Crazy Night – Sunday nights are always rough. Despite it being the NHL Offseason, Sam Gagnger was probably much rougher than you and I’s. First it was announced that Gagner had been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Teddy Purcell. Before Gagner could finish packing his swim trunks he was then flipped to the Phoenix Coyotes, along with B.J. Crombeen for a draft pick. Won’t be needing those trunks in Phoenix, but at least the weather is still warm. The two transactions were all a move by Tampa Bay to clear cap space. Tampa Bay cleared $5.6 million in cap space, so now the question is what are they making room for? [ TMMOTS ]
  • 10 Most Awkward NHL Rookie Draft Photos – As part of the traditional post-draft coverage over at Puck Daddy, they have ranked the top 10 most awkward rookie draft photos. Head on over and check them out. [ Puck Daddy ]
  • Florida Panthers Buyout Ed Jovanovski – Last night it was announced that the Florida Panthers would use a compliance buyout on veteran Ed Jovanovski. Jovanovski is due $2.7 million from the Panthers this season. With the buyout the Panthers now have roughly $32 million to spend on free agency and re-signing their own players. The move to buyout Jovanovski ends his 18 year career with the Panthers, which began when he was  selected first overall by the Panthers in 1994. [ The Rat Trick ]

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