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Dreger: Trade talks heating up ahead of Entry Draft

Darren Dreger

6/25/2009 2:39:43 PM

Trade discussions are heating up in Montreal.

The Florida Panthers are closing in on dealing star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester's negotiating rights.

Five teams remain in the mix with the asking price just to talk to Bouwmeester, according to source, believed to be a third round draft pick.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are in discussions with a couple of teams, with Sharks forward Ryane Clowe the centre of trade talks.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shown interest, but aren't willing to part with their first round pick to close the deal, while the Philadelphia Flyers have also shown interest.  However, San Jose is believed to have asked for either Claude Giroux, or Scott Hartnell...a price the Flyers aren't willing to pay.

Stay tuned...