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Tallon: Panthers have received ‘fair offer’ for first overall pick

Jun 10, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

Dale Tallon AP

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is one of uncertainty. Not only is it not clear who will be taken with the first overall pick, but we can’t say with certainty which team that prospect will play for.

It has been known for a while that Florida has interest in dealing the first overall pick, but the prospect of that happening became a little more realistic after Panthers GM Dale Tallon admitted that he’s received a “fair offer,” per the Toronto Star.

It’s not clear who made the offer, but the Calgary Flames have reached out to Tallon and the Toronto Maple Leafs also reportedly have a serious interest in moving up.

If Tallon ultimately decides to keep the top selection, then he might end up taking defenseman Aaron Ekblad, based on a report from a Sun Sentinel source.

  1. stevepopo - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I’d love to see Tim Murray acquire this pick as well. #31 pick, STL ’15 1st, and Tyler Myers?

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Are you kidding? Myers + 31st pick is overpayment. Myers has the potential to be better than Ekblad.

      • elvispocomo - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Myers is no slouch, and I agree it’s an overpayment since Ekblad hasn’t played an NHL game yet, but to say at this point a guy who’s played in 5 NHL season still has potential to be better than a prospect in the draft is a bit of a red flag.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        Myers is way too inconsistent. He should be showing the form he did as a rookie by now. He is not. I would deal him and #31 if Florida bites. I doubt they would. The pot would need sweetening. Too bad they likely would not want Grigorenko. I would toss him in as well. I may be wrong, but I doubt he will develop into much down the line.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      No way. Florida would likely do itMurray may also get offers for that #15 pick as well. Of course if you have #1 AND #2, it would be easier to part with the other picks. If you can do it and get the top defenseman AND one of the two top forwards in the draft, it may be worth doing. I think Florida would want #2 overall. That would be a deal breaker for me.
      I guess we can always dream.

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Just take Ekblad. Calgary has no one worth dealing for and unless Toronto is throwing around Kessel, JVR or Rielly (which they certainly aren’t) they also have no one worth Ekblad.

    • travishenryskid - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Ekblad is the next Erik Johnson. Definitely should trade that pick.

      • mactruck27 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        More like EkBAD, amirite?

      • lordfletcher - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        its truly amazing how someone (a blog poster) already knows Ekblad is the next EJ.

        You do realize he is the most highly rated defenseman prospect since Doughty right? He could end up being everything as advertised or a turd but I would keep your mouth and hands quiet for a few years.

  3. sharksfan97 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Pavelski and maybe change for #1 overall. Watch it happen.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      They don’t need centers. They have 89 of them.

    • swisshark93 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      This is just ridiculous. The Sharks are trying to trade their veterans (Jumbo, Marly, Niemi). And they are looking for some leadership now, not some prospect that may be good in 2-3 years.

    • skr213 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      You have embarrassed all of us Sharks fans with such a silly post. If you’d said Thornton or Marleau, that would have been more realistic.

  4. gbart22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Pavelski isn’t worth it.

  5. 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    If it’s the Devils, then we’ll lose Eric Gelinas and Adam Larsson. Not worth a top pick IMO.

  6. esracerx46 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Seabrook and Hawks 1st rd for Ekblad.

    I can see already this offseason getting crazy…in a good way for fans.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Not sure why the Blackhawks would trade a playoff performer like Seabrook while they have him under contract for 2 more years. The Blackhawks are playing for championships the next 2 years, while Ekblad most likely will be a liability for his first two years.

      • rsl22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Gotta restock the cupboard somehow?

        Maybe the Hawks think that Adam Clendening is ready to make the jump to the NHL and Ekblad will fill in for Seabrook’s size.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Seems desperate and going with a lot of unknowns. Just can’t see it happening.

      • rsl22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        I’m not advocating for the Hawks, but I guess it could happen.

        They tore down their team after their first Cup win, and it worked out pretty well. You gotta stay relevant somehow.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        They were way over cap and had no choice, big difference. And even during that time Seabrook stayed and it was others that were moved.

        Anything can happen sure, not sure that needs to be pointed out though.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Seabrook stayed in 2010 because he was cheaper than he is now. While they don’t need to tear it down, they do need to re-sign Kane and Toews for more than the 6.3 they had been making. Getting rid of Seabrook’s makes that easier, and allows you to draft a guy who has been compared to Seabrook.

        It’s a huge risk for the Hawks, but if they think he is ready to play now it might be worth it.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Seabrook stayed because he’s a top notch D-man which are extremely hard to find or replace.

        Stan Bowman isn’t trading Seabrook
        There is said it

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        And if the Hawks need cap space it will be Sharp that is the odd man out

  7. rsl22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    The Caps new GM MacLellan should make an offer. As long as a trade doesn’t include Kuznetsov, Orlov, or Burakovsky, the Panthers can have whoever else they want. 13th overall, Marcus Johansson, and Troy Brouwer? There are plenty of options to offer.

    The Caps desperately need (have desperately needed for years) a big, tough defender, and until they get a legit top pairing defender, it won’t matter who the GM and/or coach is.

  8. 19to77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Philly tried to make a splash here. Shoring up the D is a big priority for them and they have plenty of enticing trade options. Getting Ekblad would be a great way to strengthen their defense over the next few years.

  9. hunterdoerksen - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Oilers send Gagner (half-contract), Yakupov, and Petry for Gudbranson and 1st overall.


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  10. scrouch - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’m still not totally sold on Ekblad. He’s the most NHL ready, but who cares? In 3 years how good is he going to be when he no longer has a huge size advantage over the guys he’s defending? Maybe he’ll be really good, I’ve seen pretty limited action from him. Mostly just world juniors and I thought he looked sorta terrible against those guys. He’s big but looked pretty slow and took way too long making decisions. Possibly just nerves or something. Could be a safe choice to be able to get a top 4 defence man, I just don’t know if he’ll have the impact you’d want from a first overall pick. Or even a top 5 pick. It’s not a very strong draft but if any of the other guys project to be a #1 centre, even if you have excess, that’s really the guy you should go for unless you’re convinced Ekblad is going to be a franchise defence man. #1 centres are tough to find and you can always trade a first or 2nd line centre for a top 4 defence man and probably get at least a pick in the exchange as well. That’s the hardest position to fill because once teams draft them, they don’t trade them unless you’re willing to pay a ton. If Ekblad’s going to be the next Suter or Weber, then he’s got that type of value. But I’m not convinced that his ceiling’s that high. And i haven’t really seen any consensus suggesting he’s going to get near that level. Mostly just that he’s big and the most NHL ready. If that’s the criteria for why someone would draft him, they don’t have a clue what they’re doing. Maybe their scouts project him to be a really good #1 pairing guy. I think he’s a safe pick to be a top 4 guy and has a chance to be better. I’m mostly weary because I’m not sure how good he’ll do once you take away the size advantage. That’s when things like hockey-sense, positioning, and decision-making start to take over. He’ll always be big and physical, but so are a lot of guys.

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