LOS ANGELES - With the NHL's Entry Draft set to begin tomorrow night with Round 1 here at the Staples Center, we have a few quick news hits for you today:
* Former Flyers head coach John Stevens, who was relieved of his duties on Dec. 4, 2009 to make way for Peter Laviolette, has officially landed as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Times reported. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi needed to first ask the Flyers for permission, since Stevens had a contract that ran through the 2011-12 season. He will be on the bench with another former Flyers head coach, Terry Murray, who guided the Kings to the playoffs last year.
* Also, former Flyers head coach Craig Ramsay - who was the Flyers top dog in 2000-01 - was hired to be the next Atlanta Thrashers head coach. Ramsay, 59, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with Boston. This is his second NHL head coaching gig.
* At the NHL Awards last night at the Palms Resort and Casino, Henrik Sedin captured the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Duncan Keith nabbed the Norris Trophy for best defenseman. Chris Pronger finished 5th in voting, behind Mike Green, Drew Doughty and Niklas Lidstrom. He garnered just two first place votes, with one coming from myself. Mike Richards finished seventh in Selke Trophy voting for best defensive forward after being a finalist last year. Lastly, James van Riemsdyk picked up three fifth place votes for the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.
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The Flyers have made at least one trade at every NHL Draft since 2000. Check out Friday's Daily News for a story about possible trade opportunities out here in Los Angeles. In the meantime, here's a list of notable Draft day trades in franchise history:
June 26, 2009
To Anaheim: Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, 1st round 2009 (John Moore), 1st round 2010 .
To Philadelphia: Chris Pronger, Ryan Dingle.
June 20, 2008
To Columbus: Rights to R.J. Umberger, 4th round 2008.
To Philadelphia: Colorado's 1st round 2008 (Luca Sbisa), 3rd round 2008 (Marc-Andre Bourdon).
July 30, 2005
To Phoenix: Anaheim's 2nd round 2005.
To Philadelphia: Columbus' 4th round 2005 (Jeremy Duchesne), 2nd round 2006 (Andreas Nodl).
June 27, 2004
To Tampa Bay: 5th round 2004, San Jose's 6th round 2004.
To Philadelphia: 3rd round 2005 (Oskars Bartulis).
June 21, 2002
To Tampa Bay: Ruslan Fedotenko, Tampa Bay's 2nd round 2002, Phoenix's 2nd round 2002.
To Philadelphia: Tampa Bay's 1st round 2002 (Joni Pitkanen).
June 23, 2001
To Ottawa: 1st round 2001.
To Philadelphia: 1st round 2001 (Jeff Woywitka), 7th round 2001 (David Printz), Tampa Bay's 2nd round 2002 (later traded to Dallas).
June 25, 2000
To NY Islanders: John Vanbiesbrouck.
To Philadelphia: 4th round 2001.
To Tampa Bay: 4th round 2000
To Philadelphia: 6th round 2000 (Roman Cechmanek), 7th round 2000 (John Eichelberger), 9th round 2000 (Milan Kopecky).
June 27, 1998
To Chicago: Paul Coffey.
To Philadelphia: 5th round 1998.
June 15, 1994
To Florida: 2nd round 1994 (Ryan Johnson).
To Philadelphia: as compensation for general manager Bob Clarke.
June 20, 1992
To Quebec: Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Steve Duschesne, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Chris Simon, 1st round 1993 (Jocelyn Thibault) and 1994, $15 million cash.
To Philadelphia: Eric Lindros.
June 8, 1983
To Chicago: Behn Wilson.
To Philadelphia: Doug Crossman, 2nd round 1984 (Scott Mellanby).
June 2, 1978
To NY Rangers: Coach Fred Shero.
To Philadelphia: 1st round 1978 (Ken Linseman).
June 14, 1978:
To Pittsburgh: Tom Bladon, Ross Lonsberry, Orest Kindrachuk.
To Philadelphia: 1st round 1978 (Behn Wilson), future considerations.
June 4, 1975
To Washington: Bill Clement, Don McLean, 1st round 1975 (Alex Forsythe).
To Philadelphia: 1st round 1975 (Mel Bridgman).
May 24-27, 1974
To California: Larry Wright, Al MacAdam, 1st round 1974.
To Philadelphia: Reggie Leach.
To Toronto: Bill Flett.
To Philadelphia: Dave Fortier, Randy Osburn.
May 15, 1973
To Toronto: 1st round 1973 (Bob Neely), Doug Favell.
To Philadelphia: Rights to Bernie Parent, 2nd round 1973 (Larry Goodenough).
June 11, 1968
To St. Louis: Lou Angotti, Ian Campbell.
To Philadelphia: Darryl Edestrand, Jerry Melnyk.