Rick Nash Trade Watch
The Rick Nash trade talks are in over drive right now. The regular names are buzzing such as the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and San Jose Sharks. Some other teams have joined the conversation such as the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, St Louis Blues, and Washington Capitals.
The Ottawa Senators have kicked the tires on Nash recently as well and would offer goalie Robin Lehner as the key piece in return.
Two of my favorite NHL reporters have must read articles on the Rick Nash Sweepstakes.
Darren Dreger from TSN writes: DREGER: NASH HEADLINES ALL PRE-DRAFT TRADE SPECULATION.
Elliotte Friedman from CBC writes Rick Nash's potential suitors, plus 30 Thoughts.
Winnipeg Jets Trade Rumors
Two of the Jets top two players may be on the trade block. Starting goalie Ondreji Pavelec is using a "lucrative" offer from the KHL to leverage a multi year deal averaging around $4 million. Evander Kane is also rumored to be available. Conflicting reports on Kane suggesting he may want out of Winnipeg. Both Kane's agent and the Jets are saying no trade has been demanded and no trade talks have occoured, but where there's smoke...
Kane has been somewhat of a problem child in Winnipeg with a night life that has garnered some negative publicity had some trade rumors earlier in the season.
Kane is set to become a UFA on July first and may demand such a raise that forces the Jets to trade him, or overpay.
With both Pavelec and Kane seeking big bucks the Jets may decide they are unwilling to sign one or both and become very active in the trade market.
Both players could fetch a significant return and teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs would be very interested in either or both players!
The Columbus Blue Jackets would also be very interested in both players and have Rick Nash and the second overall selection at the draft to barter with.
Buffalo Sabres Trade Rumors
Last summer Buffalo was very active in the off season and may be again this year. Acquiring Christian Ehrhoff, Robin Regehr and Ville Leino last summer the Sabres are working the phones again and may make some significant moves. TSN reports some of the players GM Darcy Regier may be seeking include Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal, Colorado's Paul Stastny, and Chicago's Patrick Kane.
Buffalo is shopping center Derek Roy and also has four draft picks in the first two rounds (picks 12, 21, 42, and 44) to negotiate with.
Edmonton Oilers Trade Rumors
With the first overall pick the Oil are front and center at the draft this week. The Oilers are seeking upgrades on defense. Justin Schultz who will become a UFA on July first would be a fantastic fit and no doubt Edmonton would make an attractive option for Schultz.
GM Steve Tambellini may look to trade his 2009 first round, tenth overall pick Magnus Paajarvi for a defender, two potential teams of interest could be Phoenix and Nashville. Both teams have a surplus of defense and could use Paajarvi. Brandon Gormley may be expendable as Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are the anchors in Phoenix. Similarly in Nashville, should the Preds secure Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to long term deals, Ryan Ellis may become available.
Of course Edmonton could also either trade the pick for a NHL franchise defenseman or try to draft one and select Ryan Murray.
Expect the Oilers to keep the pick and select Nail Yakupov and trade Paajarvi for a defender as their plan A.
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