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‘Make me an offer’ for second overall pick, says Panthers GM

May 31, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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Yesterday, we wrote about Florida general manager Dale Tallon’s desire to use the second overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft to select a player that can step into the Panthers’ lineup right away.

However, that’s assuming he doesn’t trade the pick — which is also something he’s willing to consider.

“I’ve had a couple of mild conversations here and there this week, ‘Are you going to move the pick?’” said Tallon, per the Buffalo News.

“Make me an offer. That’s the way it goes. You start the process early, and you work it all the way through till the five minutes before you make the pick, maybe a minute before the pick.”

The trading of top picks is always discussed leading up to the draft, and this year is no different.

Patrick Roy kicked off all sorts of speculation when he suggested the Avalanche may deal the first overall pick.

The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, are “very amenable” to trading the seventh overall pick.

“Colorado’s in the driver’s seat right there, and we know we’re going to get a hell of a player at two or three or four,” said Tallon.

Portland defenseman Seth Jones and Halifax forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are the consensus top three prospects in this year’s draft, which will go June 30 in Newark.

  1. ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    after that abysmal season, it’s a wonder he isn’t focusing more on the future than somehow bumping the skill-level of this current lineup.

    • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      is this that unpopular of an idea? once again, I’d like to hear why the thumbs downers disagree…. but no responses.

  2. kingcobraman - May 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    with the great top 3 prospects that are available I am sure the list of trade partners are numerous, driving the value up higher and higher and as we know panthers need veteran help not prospects . Vancouver would gladly give them Lou for that pick… hahaha…

    • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      but they’re sittin on like 5 30+ year old forwards and 5 35+ year old d-men. they’re so far away from a playoff berth, let alone a playoff RUN, why would they just be trying to put glitter on sh**? embrace the early picks like the Oilers did and get yourself a future team. that’s just my opinion.

      • DonkeyStick - May 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Maybe if he trades the #2 pick, he get trade partners #1 pick this year and next year, along with a couple of 2nd round picks and a young 20 some old D’man. This draft is DEEP. Hope that helped you figure it out.

      • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        wait you think he’ll get 4 first-2-round picks and a player for the 2nd overall? if he could get that, I see why he’d go for that…. but I doubt he can.

  3. kingcobraman - May 31, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    the new veterans are the 23 – 28 year olds over 35 are dinosaurs

    • ibieiniid - May 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      that’s my point exactly. they’re a team of dinosaurs. why would they be trying to bring in that one big name just to play alongside wheezing men? bring in the youngest guy possible to grow into the team with Huberdeau, and let them make themselves into veterans on the Panthers. trading for one guy won’t help them

      • kingcobraman - May 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        to sell tickets an resemble so sort of winning environment so the young guys know more than losing game after game …

  4. devilsarethebest - May 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Andy Greene, 9th pick and second-round pick/ prospect?

  5. myroncopesflask - May 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Marc Andre Fleury, Simon Despres, and Next Years 1st rd pick and the Pens can have the 2nd overall Pick! 1975

    • FireBettman - May 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Why would Florida want Fleury when they have Markstrom? It would take something like Pouliot/Maatta, a first, a second, and then a middle level prospect. That 2nd overall is gonna be insanely valuable as you’re gonna get MacKinnon or Drouin, with an outside chance at Jones. A very little chance, but there still is one.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Eric Francis (Calgary reporter) has been saying for a couple of weeks now that the Flames will be making a big push to try and get a top 3 pick so they can draft one of the big 3, I suspect every time a team says they’ll listen Feaster is on the phone to them. Don’t be surprised if the Flames trade up.

  7. imleftcoast - May 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  8. Scott Mullin - May 31, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    The Panthers have the best farm system in hockey right now, before the draft. They don’t NEED to keep the pick per se because they already have a bright future in store.

    But of course, Tallon isn’t stupid and knows he has a potential superstar on his hands, so unless he gets some proven scorers and other draft picks he won’t budge.

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