BUFFALO – After two days at the NHL draft, here are the 10 teams that made the biggest splash:
1. Detroit Red Wings: The buzz around the draft is that the Red Wings may be the favorite to land Steven Stamkos if he tests the free-agent marketplace. The Red Wings bought their ticket to the Stamkos Sweepstakes by dumping retired center Pavel Datsyuk’s $7.5 million cap hit with the Arizona Coyotes.
As happy as the Coyotes were to land defenseman Jakob Chychrun with the first-rounder Detroit gave them, the Red Wings are the big winner in the Datsyuk trade because they only moved down four spots (from No. 16 to No. 20) to get it done. Plus, the Red Wings landed a second-round pick in the deal. The other teams willing to take the Datsyuk contract wanted the Red Wings to pay a more.
2. Calgary Flames: The acquisition of goalie Brian Elliott is the perfect marriage for both the player and the team. Elliott finally…