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  • Calm before storm on draft day

    06/25/2010 1:49 PM

    LOS ANGELES - All quiet on the Western front.

    That's the scene right now at the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. Teams are hunkered down in their war suites to discuss final strategies while GMs field trade emails and fire off counter offer messages.

    There's been no action of yet but there is the possibility of a major deal later in the day as teams try to move up in the draft order.

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    The first round goes tonight beginning at 6 p.m. with the Edmonton Oilers holding the first pick. The Oilers are expected to select Taylor Hall. The Boston Bruins will pick second and Tyler Seguin is likely their choice.

    We'll cover the draft with a live blog on this site beginning at 4:30 p.m.


  • McIlrath draws interest

    06/24/2010 6:32 PM

    Free Press hockey writer Gary Lawless is at the NHL Draft in Los Angeles. Look for his blog updates all weekend.


    Trade talk: The Florida Panthers own the 15th pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and GM Dale Tallon is shopping it around. Winnipeg's Dylan McIlrath is ranked 15th overall among all North American skaters and there is significant interest in him for his toughness as well as his overall game. Talk in LA is that a number of teams interested in McIlrath may take Tallon up on his offer for the 15th pick to get to the 6-5 defender.



  • Kelly wants the ball

    06/30/2009 1:33 PM

    Mike Kelly says he wants the ball.

    And then he knows what he'll do with it.

    The Blue Bombers coach put his club through their last practice before they travel to Edmonton forThursday's season opener against the Eskimos and after practice admitted he'd love to receive the ball to open the game.

    "We've got our entire opening sequence scripted," said Kelly. "I've got a page of plays for different situations but the first play of the game is set. We've been rehearsing it."

    Defensive tackle Doug Brown was back at practice and appears sound and set for Thursday's game.

    Lineback Siddeeq Shabazz has switched from No. 1 to No. 20.

    There was a backlash from fans that the club had already handed out the number of former running back Charles Roberts and after a few days to think it over the team has put No. 1 in a trunk for the time being.


  • Kelly putting on game face

    06/29/2009 2:29 PM

    The Blue Bombers continue to prepare for Thursday's season opener in Edmonton against the Eskimos and coach Mike Kelly, who has suggested it's just another football game, is getting wound tighter and tighter each day.

    Kelly lost his mind during practice on Monday when a Global TV camera appeared to be taping a segment of practice Kelly didn't want filmed.

    Later in the practice Kelly started waving his arms and screaming when another set of cameras began to setup on the sideline.

    Following practice, Kelly gave CJOB's Bob Iriving an interview and then refused to talk to the rest of the assembled media.

    The Bombers do have a policy for filming practice and Global appeared to have broken those rules but the print media and two other TV outlets were not in violation and therefore should not have been given the cold shoulder by Kelly.

    Defensive tackle Doug Brown missed practice for the second straight day due to the flu and offensive lineman Lorne Plante did not take part due to an undisclosed injury.


About Gary Lawless

Sports columnist Gary Lawless catches you up on all of the weekend happenings.

Gary has been with the Free Press since 1999.

He has covered hockey and football for the Free Press and is co-host of the Hustler and Lawless daily sports talk radio show.


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