PHILADELPHIA -- Trade talk mostly fizzled at the NHL draft. Ryan Anderson Jersey . "It just seemed to me there were a lot of phone calls, a lot of talking, people interested, but nothing really happened," Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. Aside from Ryan Kesler getting dealt before proceedings got underway and then James Neal a few hours later, the weekend passed without much major action. One small trade -- the Calgary Flames getting Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round pick -- looked like a preview of many more to come as cap-strapped teams try to get under the US$69 million ceiling set for next season. "Its a puzzle to put together and try to make all the numbers work," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday. "Thats clearly the biggest factor youre faced with when you have salary cap being what it is. Youre going to have some tough decisions. Were not the only team thats in that position. There will be other teams that face the same things." Without naming names, Bowman was describing the plight of the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, along with his Blackhawks, who almost certainly have to make sacrifices just to be cap-compliant. In the Bruins case, it might mean saying goodbye to Jarome Iginla, a 61-point player and a major piece of their Presidents Trophy-winning season. "If we cant sign Jarome, were going to find a good player at that position," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Friday night. "We feel all our young guys and our current players are going to get better." Its unclear what else the Bruins might have to do with forwards Reilly Smith, Jordan Caron and Justin Florek and defenceman Torrey Krug and Matt Bartkowski needing new deals as restricted free agents. According to CapGeek, Boston has just over $1.6 million to spend. The Flyers, technically over the cap by a couple hundred thousand dollars, have some room with defenceman Chris Pronger bound for long-term injured reserve. But theyre still reportedly shopping Vincent Lecavalier to rid themselves of at least part of his $4.5 million cap hit for the next four seasons. Chicago managed to part with Bolligs $1.25-million cap hit but might have to clear more salary to fill out the roster. Enter the likes of the Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, teams with salary-cap space to take on salary. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish knows players wont be given away, but talent should be available. "Were in a pretty enviable position to be able to take on some of those contracts," MacTavish said Friday night. "Those are really the style of deals that weve looked to make over the last little while where we give up a few assets, take the contract and the cap space, so well be trying to do some of that." That was part of what went into the Flames trading for Bollig, who just signed a contract extension in March. When the cap was set at $69 million, it was at least $1 million, if not more, less than GMs were hoping for. "Weve been looking at situations with the cap where people that may have difficulty or be in a situation where they had to move money," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. Sabres GM Tim Murray implied that hed be willing to accept expensive contracts, but only if he gets an asset like a draft pick in return. "I tried to make a big trade today, a unique trade," Murray said Saturday. "I said, We got to do like the NBA. So I went to a team and said, You trade me your first pick from yesterday. He didnt want to be the first guy to do that. So Im not sure I did, either. But I thought it was a good idea." There could be a market for those NBA-style deals if GMs determine the cap space gained is worth it. More likely, teams up against the $69 million limit will be getting partial value on current players to clear room to manoeuvre when unrestricted free agency opens Tuesday. Plenty of money will get handed out then, and the teams that dont have the space to do it will be forced to rely on younger players to fill the void. Bowman, who has gone through this during two Stanley Cup runs, called it just the continuation of the development cycle. "Its a constant process of finding guys who will be able to fill those roles," he said. "Its a never-ending game. Thats the state of the game today. But you have to find players, whether theyre free agents or like today draft picks and work with making it to the point where they can be NHL contributors." Magic Jerseys China . Bjoerndalen, who had failed to win any major race for two years before Sochi, writes in a Facebook entry that he is "full of energy and inspiration" after winning the 10-kilometre sprint and mixed relay at last months Olympics. Melvin Frazier Jersey . - Frankie (The Answer) Edgar dominated B.SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With DeMarcus Cousins sidelined with an illness, Rudy Gay felt the burden to carry the load for the Sacramento Kings as a scorer, defender and team leader.At least for one night, Gay looked comfortable in that role.Gay scored 29 points and guarded Gordon Hayward aggressively in the final three quarters, and the Kings overcame Cousins absence to beat the struggling Utah Jazz 101-92 on Monday night.A lot of times Ive been settling and sitting back thinking I have him, said Gay, who made 10 of 19 shots. Weve kind of been a tandem so far this year, but hes not out there, so I have to be aggressive on both ends.Darren Collison added 16 points and six assists, and rookie Nik Stauskas scored a season-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds as Sacramento pulled away in the fourth quarter for a rare win without its franchise centre.Cousins sat out for the sixth straight game because of viral meningitis, which will sideline him at least the rest of the week. The Kings are 2-4 without Cousins this season and had lost 17 of their previous 18 games when he doesnt play.Were a great team with him, but were also a great team without him. We have to believe that to win games, Gay said.Hayward scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter, and Alec Burks returned from a left shoulder injury to score 16 points for the Jazz, who have lost nine in a row under first-year coach Quin Snyder.Sacramento outshot Utah 47.3 to 40.5 per cent.We are just going to have to put it all together, said Jazz guard Trey Burke, who scored 13 points. If we play like we did tonight on the defensive end, I am sure our offence is going to come around.The Kings scored 12 straight points early in the fourth to take an 80-70 lead. Utah rallied with a 7-0 run, and the teams traded baskets over the next few minutes.Stauskas put Sacramento in control for good when he converted a twisting layup while getting fouled by Rodney Hood. The three-point play putt the Kings up 89-79 with 3:22 remaining. Terrence Ross Jersey. ings coach Michael Malone joked that Stauskas became a man in the NBA with the late-game performance. The eighth overall pick out of Michigan just said he felt like his old self again after an early season slump.I feel like this is all I really needed, Stauskas said.The victory kept the Kings (11-10) above .500 and slowed a slide that started when Cousins got ill, which is expected to keep him out longer than the team originally anticipated. Malone said that Cousins will need time to practice and work back into shape whenever he is cleared to resume basketball activities.Without their big man in the middle, Sacramento started slow again.Utah (5-16) seized the momentum early, with Hayward having his way in the first quarter to the help the Jazz go ahead 31-23. But the Kings came back in the second quarter with their defence, getting out in transition for easy baskets, including fast-break dunks by Gay and Ben McLemore in the final minute.Sacramento led 55-49 at the half.__TIP-INSJazz: It was the first of four meetings between Utah and Sacramento this season. The Jazz won last seasons series 2-1. ... Utah had 20 assists and 13 turnovers.Kings: Lead assistant coach Tyrone Corbin, the former Jazz coach, injured his Achilles tendon working out last week. He shared hugs and handshakes with some of Utahs staff outside the Kings locker room but will not be on the bench until his injury progress. ... Sacramento had 18 assists and 17 turnovers.FLYING MOUTHPIECEJazz centre Enes Kanter was called for a technical foul with 4:34 remaining after throwing his mouthpiece into the stands, drawing boos from the crowd. Gay missed the free throw.SINGING TANDEMRapper Tyga performed at halftime with Anjali Ranadive, the daughter of Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. She goes by the stage name Anjali World.NEXT UPJazz: Host San Antonio on Tuesday.Kings: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. ' ' '
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