Columnists

Look for plenty of trade action leading up to NHL Draft

Darren Dreger
6/17/2008 7:28:15 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

Trade discussions will heat up this week leading up to the draft as teams eager to move up make their play.

Tampa Bay has received a number of calls in an effort to gauge whether or not first pick overall is available.  It isn't, unless Jay Feaster and the Lightning's incoming ownership group are offered a package that is out of this world.

San Jose, Florida and the Carolina Hurricanes are considered to be among the most likely to make a significant trade.

Sharks captain Patrick Marleau is a name making the rounds this week along with his teammate Jonathan Cheechoo.  The Marleau rumours always seem to surface, but sources say San Jose did have trade discussions last year with the Vancouver Canucks in a deal that was to include Canucks' forward Ryan Kesler.

Marleau is available.

Panthers' captain Olli Jokinen has indicated to Florida's general manager Jacques Martin that he would like a trade. The big centre will continue to lure tons of interest, although one team suggests the asking price is marked at two young NHL roster players and a first round draft pick.

Carolina's Jim Rutherford remains on the hunt for a defenseman, with Edmonton's Joni Pitkanen believed to be one of his targets. Names like Erik Cole, Justin Williams and Tuomo Ruutu are being tossed around as bait.

Whether it's a trade to better a teams' draft position, a player for player swap, or a blockbuster, the potential for all three scenarios remain very much in play.

For TSN.ca, I'm Darren Dreger

Darren Dreger

From The Hockey Insider

'What You Need To Know' for the day from the NHL. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: Darren Dreger- July 3

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the Leafs signing Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli.

TSN 690: Morning Show-TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger-June 24

Conor McKenna, Amanda Stein & Robyn Flynn chat Hartnell, Umberger, Markov, Habs & Canucks with TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger.

TSN 1050: Mike Richards in the Morning: May 30 - Leafs Breakfast

Darren Dreger joined Mike & Dave for Leafs Breakfast to take us through the NHL playoffs


More Podcasts

Follow Us!

There's a new Twitter feed that will make you a real TSN.ca insider! Follow twitter.com/TSN_Sports_Buzz to get updates on the latest blogs, best videos and more!


More about TSN on Twitter...



Cabbie on TSN.ca

Check out Cabbie's unique take on sports broadcasting and interviewing, poking fun at sports headlines, high-profile athletes and sports personalities. More...


Caeli McKay is a 15-year-old diver who is piling up the medals at the nationals, and she's getting ready to take make a splash at World's in September. More...

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television