2011 NHL Entry Draft live blog
5:12 Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman also met briefly with the media to discuss a number of topics, including the signing of Eric Brewer earlier in the day. With that signing under his belt, Yzerman is now turning his attention to his other unrestricted free-agents-to-be. He says he hopes to sign both his free-agent goalies, Dwayne Roloson and Mike Smith. He is not as confident that he will get a deal done with Sean Bergenheim before free agency arrives on July 1.
5:00 p.m. Just one hour until the draft extravaganza starts now. Toronto's Dave Nonis spoke a couple of minutes ago and said that his team is still in the hunt for a No. 1 center, which is the team's main priority now. He also loved the addition of J-M Liles, who was obtained in a Friday trade wigth Colorado. Nonis says Toronto staff believes he will be a 20-plus minute guy and a PP quarterback. Essentially, they believe that Liles will be a straight replacement for Tomas Kaberle. Ironically, Toronto used the second-round pick obtained from Boston to land Liles. Nonis also said he expects a lot of trades, especially when it comes to draft picks.
4:53 p.m. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli just met with the media on the draft floor. He said that he has qualified playoff hero Brad Marchand, who does not yet have arbitration rights. He also said that he has talked to around half the League's GMs, but that trade offers are slim for him as he has made it none he doesn't plan to trade anyone of his roster.
4:38 p.m. Even though the first pick is a bit less than 2 hours away, things are already picking up here at the Xcel Energy Center. All the teams have arrived and are preparing for the draft. A lot of GMs have already done scrums with media and some interesting tidbits have come out in those discussions.
4:30 p.m. Welcome to the 2011 Entry Draft, coming at you live from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. We'll be with you for the next 4-1/2 hours, bringing you all the sites and sounds from here as the future for 30 teams takes its next step. The Edmonton Oilers have the first pick when the draft starts at 6 p.m.