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2008 NHL Entry Draft: Day One

The Bear Essentials is in Ottawa for the big event

Friday, 06.20.2008 / 9:47 AM / Bish's Blog
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2008 NHL Entry Draft: Day One
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
9:56 a.m.
Bear Essentials on the Road: Ottawa

Canada's capital city of Ottawa, Ontario is a mixture of beauty, business, tourism, technology, and architecture. Ottawa was settled during the years following the War of 1812 and has grown to be the fourth largest city in Canada with a population of over 1.2 million.

The mixture of history, culture, and outdoor attractions attracts more than seven million visitors per year. The city borders three different rivers and sits on the bank of the Ottawa River. The capital also borders the province of Quebec, which allows for a unique mixture of French and English creating what ottawatourism.ca calls, "a truly cosmopolitan experience – a North American city with a distinctly European charm and flair."

Queen Victoria appointed Ottawa the capital on New Year's Eve in 1857. At that time, Ottawa was a just a logging town, far less superior than cities such as Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto. But Ottawa was anointed the capital based on its location away from the borders and dead center between Canada's eastern and western halves, as well as Toronto and Quebec.

Over the last 150 years, Ottawa has grown into a municipality including the old city of Ottawa, a handful of suburbs, and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.

In addition to the NHL's Ottawa Senators, sports fans around Ottawa can also sit back and watch a baseball game with the new Ottawa Rapidz of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. They also are home to the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's.

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Phew! That was a mouthful. But the historical perspective is important, as the forward-looking citty of Ottawa, a city steeped in tradition, welcomes the future of the tradition laced NHL through the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Boston Bruins management team has been in hunker-down mode over the last two days, but Peter Chiarelli comes out of the bunker at 11:00 a.m.

We'll have full coverage of the GM's session with the media as soon as I can get back to my computer!

In the meantime, we here at The Bear Essentials will be tracking down facts, but if you want to delve into the world of trade rumors, try Spector's Hockey!

10:18 a.m.
And I almost forgot, don't forget that our cousins over at NESN.com have Jack Edwards chatting from the NHL draft in Ottawa on Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m.

That will be a slow period between the early morning GM press scrums and the big party later that evening so be sure to log in to check out the chat and fill in the gap.

Click here to go to the new NESN.com.

Chiarelli speaks to TSN
12:30 p.m.
Just got back from listening in to Peter Chiarelli's talk with the press.

Listen in:  BruinsCast: Peter Chiarelli, Draft NHL 2008 

1:42 p.m.
Beyond simply speaking about this evening's draft, Peter Chiarelli spoke about other issues around the NHL and the Hub of Hockey.

"If that impact player is available, we'd have a look at him," said the GM of the free agency season. "You can't ignore it and you have to see if you can make it fit.

"But as I said (before), they are hard to come by."

One journalist mentioned Patrice Bergeron and implied that his return was almost as good as trading for big name player. He asked if Bergy was expected at training camp for day one.

"Yah, that's what I expect," said Chiarelli. "I've been speaking with Patrice and he's excited to go.

"So there's our impact player [chuckles]."

"It's like adding a player by trade -- he's going to be a huge addition," he said.

The GM was queried as to if he would like to clear some salary off the books before July 1.

"There are different ways to create room," he said, "(but) you're allowed to be ten percent over the cap from July 1 on, so you have the whole summer.

"There are a variety of ways (to deal with salary)."

Chiarelli also said that making any moves in anticipation of trading for an impact player is dangerous.

"There's no lock that you are going to get the player you want," he said. "So you have to be careful if you are going to move a player…you really have to gauge the market right -- the free agent market and the trade market."

Chiarelli implied he was not overwhelmingly enthusiastic about this summer's free agent market.

"I see it as a market that is not overly deep," said Chiarelli. "The trend has been that teams have been locking up players."

And speaking of locking up players, there has been no resolution to the Dennis Wideman talks. However the Bruins GM said he did not "fear an offer sheet" and that the negotiations could go to arbitration.

"Of course I'd like to get him done," said Chiarelli. "We've made some considerable progress."

6:37 p.m.
Wish I could say I've made considerable progress. Traffic and technical issues have put me behind the eight ball, but AWAY WE GO!

I am here at the arena and we are just a few minutes away, so keep it here!

6:56 p.m.
TSN is reporting that Montreal has traded for Alex Tanguay. We await confirmation...

7:19 p.m.
Guys, the trades and rumors are flying fast and furious. I am going to stick to what I know about the Boston Bruins for now, or else I will not get anything done. So far, Boston has not been linked to any movement.

That being said, Tampa is on the podium. They pick Steve Stamkos.

7:46 p.m.
Tanguay is a Hab.

7:56 p.m.
The fans are really enjoying the draft. Especially all of the trades.

8:02 p.m.
Very, very funny. The fans here are really booing the Toronto Maple Leafs management.

8:40 p.m.
Still waiting on the B's...in the mean time, you can follow all the picks, here.

11:04 p.m.
So I am finally done with the tour de joe and folks, this kid is the real deal. Poised, skilled and ready to go to the University of Denver and play some great college hockey.

We are waiting in the management suite to greet him and welcome the young man to The Hub of Hockey.

Unfortunately, there have been technical difficulties, internet-wise, and we have had to improvise.

Fear not -- plenty of pics and interviews, the official release and the whole shebang coming on Saturday morning.

2:13 a.m.
The official release is up. Back to the rink at 7:45. Need sleep.

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