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Saturday column: On the Neal trade

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

PHILADELPHIAThe Saturday column from the NHL Draft is about — what else? — the James Neal trade to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

The news coverage of the trade, by Josh Yohe.

Couple of questions I had for Jim Rutherford:

Here are Hornqvist highlights compiled by the Penguins.

And some Spaling highlights, too.

Oh, yeah, there was a draft, as well. And the Penguins took Kasperi Kapanen with the No. 22 overall pick, same spot from which they took a certain other Finn just two years ago. Rob Rossi has that.

Some pretty cool pics from the Kapanen scene …

Pulling over the sweater for the first time.

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A big chunk of the new hierarchy, with Rick Tocchet and Rutherford to the left and new coach Mike Johnston way over there on the right.

Meeting in back with the reporters. Surprisingly large contingent of media from Pittsburgh, but I guess that’s just reflective of the interest.

Here’s the official team video of Kapanen’s drafting.

And here below is a six-minute collection of highlights, all blissfully featuring Finnish play-by-play …

Here’s the NHL Entry Draft 2014 official page on NHL.com.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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