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Quiet So Far AKA Calm Before the (Guelph) Storm

Bear OTTAWA -- The draft is only a few hours away, so we're getting real close to crunch time. Will Olli stay or Olli go? We're going to find out soon.

Highlight of the day was getting lunch at the Ottawa Rib Festival. And the ribs weren't that good. So that tells you not much is going on. Oh, I bought a Diet Pepsi. That's one of today's highlights too.


-- The first big trade of Friday comes out of St. Louis, with the Blues picking up goalie Chris Mason in exchange for a fourth round pick. Nashville has made its pick, signing Dan Ellis to a two-year deal to be the fulltime starter.

Mason, it should be noted, became the Preds starter at this time last year when Nashville traded Tomas Vokoun to the Panthers. Mason, formerly of the Panthers, played in 51 games last year. He struggled after a hot start, with Ellis picking up a lot of the load.

-- In no surprise, the Sens have put Ray Emery on waivers. If he doesn't get picked up by anyone else (he won't, not at $3.7 million for next season), then Ottawa will buy him out.

-- Big news that isn't hockey related: Canada's baseball team (not the Expos) have fired manager John Gibbons and replaced him with Cito Gaston -- the same manager the Jays fired despite him leading them to a pair of World Series championships. Always thought Cito got a raw deal and was surprised he never got another chance to manage. Good too see him back with the Jays.

-- Pal Ed Willes at the Vancouver Province wrote today that there are rumblings that the Sedin twins -- Henrik and Daniel -- could be available. Rumor is, that's the price JM wanted for Olli Jokinen back at the trade deadline and I'm sure he and the Canucks are talking as we speak. Read Ed's story right here.

-- John Anderson (not the country singer) officially named coach of the Atlanta Thrashers. He is on conference call at 3, speaking with us in Kanata at 5. Will likely have some more stuff. Now just waiting to see who the Lightning will hire.

Look at Anderson as a good coach for this young team. He's coached a lot of these guys with the AHL powerhouse Chicago Wolves.