NHL Draft Rumors: Lots of Deals Coming?



There are very few times during the year that the vast majority of key decision makers from all 32 NHL teams meet in one place. The repechage is one of those occasions, since the brains of almost every club are currently in Montreal. This type of environment – the first draft in person in three years – facilitates transactions.

“It’s always a good thing, I think, when you come face to face with someone and say, ‘I’d like to trade you A for B’ or whatever,” Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile at Mike Zeisberger’s site “You can get to the point very quickly, unlike a phone call. You might be playing video games or something and not concentrating. “

With the free agent market opening next week, some clubs may need more space under the salary cap and that could lead to trading during the draft.

“I think there are a lot of conversations like that in the league, from the discussions I’ve had,” Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher told Zeisberger. “If this leads to more transactions, we’ll see. But sure, there are teams that are trying to afford more flexibility right now, whether it’s drafting choices or taking on different types of contracts.

Everyone tries to be creative to maximize their flexibility as they approach the free agent market and prepare to find players to help their team. But that said, we all need young players, so these draft picks are essential. “

Chychrun currency exchange?

As the trading deadline approached last spring, defender Jakob Chychrun’s future with the Arizona Coyotes was the subject of much speculation. The 24-year-old is in the middle of a 6-year contract worth $ 27.6 million and could be the answer to a team’s need for a left-handed defender, but so far no trade has been made, the team was simply waiting for a best offer.

Could the project be time for the Coyotes to pull the trigger?

TSN insider Darren Dreger reports speculation linking Chychrun to the New Jersey Devils ‘second pick and the Ottawa Senators’ seventh pick tonight.

The Coyotes already have two choices, the 3rd and the 27th, with the selection of the Carolina Hurricanes, acquired during the exchange of Christian Dvorak with the Montreal Canadiens (the Canadiens had obtained the choice in compensation for the hiring of Jesperi Kotkaniemi with the Hurricanes ).

Dreger notes that a deal with the Senators seems the more unlikely of the two as the team is already positioned on the left side.

Chychrun played 47 games for the Coyotes last season, scoring 7 goals and 14 assists.

The Blackhawks want Choice 1uh round

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of eight teams without a first-round pick tonight. The Blackhawks traded their number 6 pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a swap last summer. But could the team find a way to claim speaking rights in the first round?

General manager Kyle Davidson, on the eve of his first draft as GM, told Ben Pope Chicago Sun-Times who was actively looking for a choice in the first round if the price was right.

“There is a lot of chatter, a lot of calls and analysis,” Davidson suggested. “I’d rather go through to the first round, but if nothing makes sense to us I won’t be disappointed. “

Speculation about the Hawks is that they could use striker Alex DeBrincat to get a first-round pick. DeBrincat will enter the final year of a $ 19.2 million three-year contract next season after which he will become a limited free agent. He is coming out of the second season by over 40 goals of his five-year NHL career.

Davidson refuses to say anything else, but claims his phone is ringing.

“We get a lot of calls. But people know pretty quickly whether or not there will be a deal … and you mostly hear the same teams over and over again. Things have really boiled down to a few teams lately, because they know what they want, so we’ll see if that helps. “

Keep an eye out for the devils

In addition to being interested in the services of Chychrun, as previously mentioned, the Devils would work on several dossiers, including that of acquiring the services of a concierge, advanced Emily Kaplan of the ESPN network.

DeBrincat would also be in their sights, adds Kaplan and TSN’s venerable Bob McKenzie.


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