Draft day drama; Predators owner sues; Jordie Benn extended (Puck Headlines)

• A longstanding dispute between owners of the Nashville Predators spilled into state court Thursday when co-owner David Freeman filed a $250 million lawsuit against the hockey franchise and Chairman Tom Cigarran for not informing him about financial statements and failing to honor loan guaranty fees he says are owed to him. [The Tennessean]

• Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray is the belle of the ball as he looks to drastically improve his team with big moves at the draft and in free agency. [Buffalo News]

• Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says he’s listened to at least 10 offers for the third overall pick in the draft. He’s open to trading it away. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Per Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning the team has targeted a top defenseman on their draft board. [Canucks Army]

• “Anatomy of a draft steal: Most of the players taken on Day 2 of the NHL Entry Draft will never make an impact. But sometimes, if you look in the right places, you can find a major talent. Just ask the Dallas Stars.” [Sportsnet]

• In 1985, while playing for the Czechoslovakian national team in West Germany, the Detroit Red Wings helped Petr Klima defect and play in the NHL. He hopes his 19-year-old twin sons have learned from his journey as they prepare to be drafted. [ESPN]

• “A lot of credit goes to my mother for making the jump and moving provinces,” said Evan Fitzpatrick of the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix, the No.1-rated North American goaltender per NHL Central Scouting. [Buzzing the Net]

• Draft and trade predictions for the Los Angeles Kings at this year’s draft. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Jordie Benn, brother of Jamie, will be a Dallas Star for the next three years. His contract is expected to average $1.1-million per year. [TSN]

• Radko Gudas signs four year, $13.4-million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Don’t expect the team to make any big free agent signings this offseason. [Philly.com]

• The Florida Panthers acquired Reto Berra from the Colorado Avalanche for Rocco Grimaldi. [Panthers]

• Plans for the Minnesota Wild to buyout Thomas Vanek aren’t cemented. The idea is still ‘under consideration.’ [Star Tribune]

• What kind of owner will Bill Foley be? Think a mix Mark Cuban and Ed Snyder. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

• Professional poker player Daniel Negreanu disagrees with FiveThiryEight’s Nate Silver and his assessment that an NHL team in Las Vegas can’t succeed. [Poker Listings]

• The NHL is a copycat league. If the Boston Bruins want to play the uptempo, speed game they don’t have the roster right now to do it. [Boston Herald]

• How much would it cost the New York Islanders to dump the contract of Mikhail Grabovski? [Eyes on Isles]

• Can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Eric Lindros was taken first overall. Knowing what we know now, here’s a reimagining of the 1991 draft class. [Puck Junk]

• Photo essay of the first NWHL free agent camp held earlier in June in New Jersey. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Finally, reliving the 1985 draft back when Toronto had the first overall pick as they do today.

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