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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 | 02:29 PM

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Scott Hartnell was traded by the Flyers to Columbus on Monday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Scott Hartnell was traded by the Flyers to Columbus on Monday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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This week's Monday Musings take a look at potential player movement leading up to the draft, Hockey Hall of Fame selections and coaching changes.

Some Monday musings for a week in the hockey world that should see plenty of player movement as we move closer to the 2014 NHL entry draft in Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday.

Trade week

The deal that sent Scott Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Columbus Blues Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a draft pick certainly kicked off what should be an eventful draft week.

The draft has become a haven for big trades in recent years, beginning with the Flyers jettisoning Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in separate moves to the Los Angeles Kings and Blue Jackets in 2011.

Some of the high-profile players who could find new homes this week include: Evander Kane (Winnipeg), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Dion Phaneuf (Toronto), Jason Spezza (Ottawa) and Joe Thornton (San Jose), who has a no-trade clause and unlike Spezza and Kesler has not asked to be dealt.

Watch for the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues to make a pitch for the forwards in the above group.

Hockey Hall of Fame

When the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are announced on Monday afternoon, expect Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano to get the call.

Others who should be under consideration include: Tom Barrasso, Rob Blake, Steve Larmer, Eric Lindros, Kevin Lowe, Owen Nolan, Chris Osgood, Mark Recchi and Doug Weight.

Draft redo

On Friday at the draft, if the Florida Panthers hang on to the first overall pick it will be the second time in franchise history the Panthers went to the podium to make the top selection.

The last time was 20 years ago. If that draft was redone with what we have learned in two decades, it would look quite different. There were plenty of late-round prospects who blossomed quite handsomely.

1994 actual top 10 picks

1. Ed Jovanovski, Florida

2. Oleg Tverdovsky, Anaheim

3. Radek Bonk, Ottawa

4. Jason Bonsignore, Edmonton

5. Jeff O'Neill, Hartford

6. Ryan Smyth, Edmonton

7. Jamie Storr, Los Angeles

8. Jason Wiemer, Tampa Bay

9. Brett Lindros, N.Y. Islanders

10. Nolan Baumgartner, Washington

1994 top 10 redo

1. Daniel Alfredsson (actual: Ottawa, 6th round, 133rd overall)

2. Patrik Elias (New Jersey, 2nd round, 51st overall)

3. Tim Thomas (Quebec, 9th round, 217th overall)

4. Ryan Smyth (Edmonton, 1st round, 6th overall)

5. Ed Jovanovski (Florida, 1st round, 1st overall)

6. Milan Hejduk (Quebec, 4th round, 87th overall)

7. Chris Drury (Quebec, 3rd round, 72nd overall)

8. Tomas Holmstrom (Detroit, 10th round, 257th overall)

9. Steve Sullivan (New Jersey, 9th round, 233rd overall)

10. Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose, 9th round, 219th overall)

Awards night

The annual NHL awards will be delivered in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Here's who we like to be called to the stage along with the other nominees:

(*denotes predicted winner)

Hart Memorial Trophy

*Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Ted Lindsay Award

*Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Vezina Trophy

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

*Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

*Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Calder Memorial Trophy

Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

*Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

Frank J. Selke Trophy

*Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

*Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado Avalanche

Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils

Manny Malhotra, Carolina Hurricanes

*Dominic Moore, New York Rangers

Jack Adams Award

Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings

Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning

*Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche

General Manager of the Year Award

Marc Bergevin, Montreal Canadiens

*Dean Lombardi, Los Angeles Kings

Bob Murray, Anaheim Ducks

Mark Messier Leadership Award

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

*Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Foundation Player Award

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

*Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

Important dates

The 2014-15 NHL schedule was released over the weekend. Here are some of the hightlights:

Thursday, Sept. 18 -- Training camp opens

Sunday, Sept. 21 -- Pre-season games begin

Wednesday, Oct. 8 -- Regular season opens

Friday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Jan. 5 -- World Junior Championship, Montreal and Toronto

Thursday, Jan. 1 -- Winter Classic (Chicago at Washington)

Thursday, Jan. 8 -- Stanley Cup rematch, N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles

Thursday, Jan. 22 to Monday, Jan. 26 -- All-Star break, Columbus 

Saturday, April 11 -- Final day of regular season

By the Numbers

3 -- Teams that new Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant worked for after he was fired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in November 2006. He was an assistant for the 2007-08 New York Islanders. He then steered the Saint John Sea Dogs to a Memorial Cup championship and two QMJHL titles in three seasons before becoming an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.

8 -- Players (Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Hendry, Antti Niemi, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Nick Leddy, Brandon Bollig, Ben Smith) who went on to win a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks after playing for the AHL Rockford IceHogs for Bill Peters, the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

14 -- Years ago that new Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell played alongside defenceman Nick Schultz in junior with the Prince Albert Raiders. But it appears that Schultz, who will become an unrestricted free agent next week, will not re-sign with the Blue Jackets.

2004-05 -- Season in which R.J. Umberger helped the Philadelphia Phantoms to a Calder Cup championship. His new coach in Philadelphia, Craig Berube, was an assistant coach with the Phantams nine years ago.

57 -- Age of new Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, who becomes the fourth-oldest current bench boss in the NHL behind Ken Hitchcock, 62, Bruce Boudreau, 59 and Randy Caryle, 58.

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