Bonk traded twice, ends up a Hab
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Bonk lands in Montreal
After a 10-minute stint as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Sentors center Radek Bonk ended up a member of the Montreal Canadiens. After acquiring Bonk from Ottawa for the No. 77 pick in the draft, the Kings sent him to Montreal, along with goaltender Cristobal Huet, in return for goaltender Mathieu Garon and the 95th pick in the draft.
Bonk, who was originally drafted by the Senators with the third overall pick in 1994, scored 12 goals last season and is scheduled to be a restricted free agent on July 1. His contract requires a $3.5-million qualifying offer to retain his rights.
The Kings shored up their shaky goaltending situation by acquiring Garon, Jose Theodore's backup in Montreal.
It's not the coach's fault
The Detroit Red Wings announced they've signed coach Dave Lewis to a one-year contract extension. Lewis led Detroit to a 96-41-21-6 record during the last two regular seasons, but hasn't been able to advance past the second round of the playoffs. The Wings lost to the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference semifinals this spring after losing to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks last year. Both the Flames and Ducks advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.
See you in ... six years?
The Phoenix Coyotes raised more than a few eyebrows by picking high-schooler Blake Wheeler with the fifth overall pick. Not only is his jump (from 17th overall in Central Scouting's rankings of North American skaters) surprising, but he's only entering his senior year of high school in the fall.
"I got the impression that they were trying to pick me with the fifth pick in the second round, and that would have been great. I got no indication they'd pick me with the fifth pick in the first," Wheeler said. "My dad was the most excited. My mouth was hanging open, and he was doing all the yelling. Believe me, we were shocked."
Wheeler, a right winger who also plays football for the Breck School in Minnesota, won't turn 18 until Aug. 31 and will join the University of Minnesota for the 2005-06 season. If he plays all four seasons for the Gophers, he won't be in a Coyotes jersey until the 2009-10 season.
Jackets trade No. 4 pick
The Columbus Blue Jackets traded the fourth overall pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the Hurricanes' No 8 and No. 59 picks. The Hurricanes picked left winger Andrew Ladd of the Calgary Hitmen.
The trade was contingent on the first three picks going as expected -- Alexander Ovechkin to the Washington Capitals, Evgeny Malkin to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Cam Barker to the Chicago Blackhawks.
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