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[July 01, 2014]  June 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said during Saturday's NHL draft that he is not worried about how much it will cost to retain forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Kane and Toews each asked for $12 million per season during recent negotiations to extend their contracts. ESPN reported that the two may rework their contracts so the team can add improvements to the roster and remain a contender.

Bowman believes he can extend both players by July 1, the first day they are eligible to sign new deals. They both have one year left on their contracts.

Kane, 25, and Toews, 26, were top-five draft picks by the Blackhawks and started their NHL careers in 2007. Since then, they have won two Stanley Cups, been to six straight playoffs and reached four Western Conference finals.

The Blackhawks acquired the No. 83 overall selection in the draft on Saturday from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Brandon Bollig.

In 125 NHL regular-season games, Bollig has seven goals and seven assists.

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The Buffalo Sabres opened the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday by taking forward Brendan Lemieux with the first pick of the second round.

Lemieux, taken No. 31 overall, is the son of former New Jersey Devils star and Stanley Cup champ Claude Lemieux.

Brendan Lemieux played for the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League. He wears jersey No. 21 because that was his father's number when he played junior hockey and he also inherited the nickname "Pepe" from his father.

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The Vancouver Canucks acquired right winger Linden Vey from the Los Angeles Kings for the No. 50 overall pick in the NHL draft on Saturday.

Vey, 22, had five assists in 18 games with the Kings last season. He also had 14 goals and 34 assists in 43 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

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The Kings used the No. 50 pick to take defenseman Roland McKeown. The 18-year-old had 11 goals and 32 assists in 62 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Roman Polak on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs also sent the No. 94 pick in the draft to the Blues as part of the deal.

Polak, 28, gives Toronto a needed stay-at-home defenseman. He also has 79 points in 424 NHL games. Gunnarsson spent five seasons with Toronto.

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The Winnipeg Jets traded goalie Edward Pasquale and their sixth-round pick to the Washington Capitals for three draft picks.

The Jets sent the No. 159 overall selection to Washington for the No. 164 overall pick. Winnipeg also received the Nashville Predators' seventh-round pick (previously acquired by Washington, No. 192 overall) and the Capitals' seventh-round pick in 2015. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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