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It's a case of being so good for so long, you are overlooked because it goes without saying. Naturally, Kenny Holland is the top GM (oops re: below). Too good for too long. I mention Tallon because the Blackhawks are about to be too good for too long.
Vancouver has signed Cory Schneider to a contract. He will be Luongo's backup this season and will hopefully push the big man into returning to form. If Lou doesn't change back into his superhero clothes, it wouldn't shock me if Schneider pulled a Rask. The Canucks also signed Anton Rodin to a contract.
Phoenix GM Don Maloney was named GM of the year today. As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, the GM of the year award should be announced for the season 10 years prior. So today's award should go to the GM of the year in 2000. That is the only way to truly tell. Maloney did a fantastic job, but his best move was hiring the coach. The best GM right now to me is probably Dale Tallon. So while Stan Bowman gets all the glory (my exact words last summer when he took over) from the Stanley Cup, Tallon gets forgotten. But I will say this - Florida fans (both of you) are in for a real treat.
I forgot to mention this - but St. Louis prospect Jori Lehtera already has a contract with the KHL. He will be playing there this year, but the Blues retain his rights.
I have two more letter spots open for my monthly mailbag. Just go to thn.com and in the fantasy section you can submit a question to me. The mailbag will be published on thn.com the first Wednesday of each month in the summer. UPDATE - filled, thank you.
The Oilers have signed star prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson to an ELC. MPS will be in training camp in the fall and he'll get a long look. I think he would best be served with one year in the AHL. The Oilers will have Eberle, Hall and possibly Linus Omark on their team, and I'm not sure they want to roll with four rookies. Not that it didn't work for Colorado last season. But MPS could use a year adjusting to North American hockey.
Atlanta signed their star prospect Jeremy Morin. Also profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report, which I released yesterday, he is probably two years away. But he has a lot of offensive potential. O'Dell is a bit of a surprise - and quite last minute. I looked and looked for news of an O'Dell signing yesterday morning (the deadline is June 1 or he goes back into the draft). I was ready to make a last minute change, but instead I put his profile in the "miscellaneous" section as I figured he was going back into the draft. But NHL GMs are just like the rest of us - wait until the last minute. So that was an error that I'll fix for the final version that will come out after the Cup is won.
I also have Chicago's Bill Sweatt in that section, but later discovered the clause in the CBA that actually keeps him as Chicago's property until August. Look at me, the first time I open a UFA/Misc section in the Prospects Report and already two miscues!
The June rankings will be up later today. I'm a chicken with my head cut off right now, but slowly forcing my fingers into every leak in the dam. I will prevail!