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Stars GM feels ‘there could be a lot of moves’ at draft

May 21, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT


From USA Today:

The NHL draft floor could feel as much like an auction house as a drafting venue when teams gather in Philadelphia for the annual event in late June.

“Some teams are going to be looking to move some salaries, and I just have a feeling there could be a lot of moves,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

Adding further spice to the event is that Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon isn’t ruling out trading the No. 1 draft pick.

Let’s hope Nill is right, because, well, trades are fun. The big one last year in Newark was Cory Schneider getting sent to the Devils from Vancouver. The year before, in Pittsburgh, Penguins center Jordan Staal was dealt to Carolina. In both cases, it was the team hosting the draft that made the biggest splash. Say, have the Flyers ever made any blockbuster trades?

If you’re wondering, the last time the first overall pick was traded was in 2003, when Florida sent it to Pittsburgh, who then took goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

The year before, it was Columbus that swung a deal with Florida to select Rick Nash first overall.

Related: Florida will ‘definitely’ shop first overall pick, says Tallon

  1. JoeAvg - May 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Hummmm. Let’s see. Florida frequently trading away their top pick for immediate help. Explains much. I thought teams realized the folly of this way back in the 70’s & 80’s.

  2. hockey412 - May 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    You’d think Florida would have been able to pull off a rebuild in over a decade.

  3. pjblake2redwings - May 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Florida would have been great with with Nash, and they had Luongo so instead of Fleury in net they pick Ryan Suter and then they had Nathan Horton and Weiss in his prime.. thats a damn good team to start with

  4. bullwinkle88 - May 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Watch for Philadelphia to create a big splash. The hosting team always tries to do this. I expect them to trade for the nr. 1 pick and take Ekblad – who they see as the next Pronger.

    • pjblake2redwings - May 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I dont see Ekblad being the #1 pick with Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett and even Kapanen. If florida does finally keep their #1 then yes they should address there lack of D issue and get Ekblad but if they trade it he will fall to 3-5 overall

  5. djshnooks - May 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    No doubt that will be Tim Murray’s show.

    Dude is a wheeler-dealer like the Bills GM and he will steal the show at the draft.

    So much ammo to move around and basically get whatever he wants.

    Watch for Tyler Myers to possibly be moved for a Evander Kane, Or one of Edmonton’s young forwards.

    As I said a long time ago…I personally know someone who was in the Sabres war room on trade deadline day, and Evander Kane was highly talked about, but it came down to being what both teams had described as a “summer/draft move.”

  6. flyboystransport - May 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Some of these trades are gonna set up potential buy outs so it’ll be interesting

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