Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini says teams continue to call, inquiring about what it might take to convince Edmonton to trade the first overall pick in next week’s NHL Entry Draft.

Tambellini’s response remains the same; he says he’s not sure what it would take to move such a valuable asset, but he’s willing to listen and consider all offers.

Change is imminent in Florida, as Dale Tallon prepares to rebuild the Panthers and won’t be afraid to tear about his existing roster.Young forwards Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss are among those available. In fact, sources say star forward David Booth , 20-year-old defenceman Dmitry Kulikov , and prospect goaltender Jacob Markstrom are considered to be Florida’s only untouchable players.

Tallon is likely to be among the most active GM’s on the trade front next week, and with his past history with the Chicago Blackhawks and the ‘Hawks pressing salary cap issues, some believe Florida will be ready and waiting, if Chicago offers Kris Versteeg , or another valued forward to create some relief.



  1. broc says:

    Florida is a hockey wasteland.

  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    Chiarelli cleared some stuff up today. He said that he will not move the second pick and will be taking "one of those two forwards." However, he said one offer in particular really impressed him. Not sure who it was but I'm betting on Florida as you might have seen something with Horton and the third pick.

    Also he said that they will only try to move up to first overall if he and management deem the gap between the two players to be large enough and at this moment he doesn't think it is and he doesn't expect that to change.

    Another interesting thing he said was that if they make a trade with the Oilers they wouldn't pick first but rather just get their choice of player. Not sure how that would work but I guess it would allow Edmonton to still get the prestige that comes with the top pick.

  3. cam7777 says:

    I could see Tallon plucking Versteeg, Eager and Ladd from Chicago pretty easily. I think the real challenge for Tallon though, will be trying to land free agents.  Does Tallon instantly give that franchise enough respectability to land a couple marquee guys over the next 2-3 seasons?  I wouldn't mind seeing the Panthers on the comeback trail. 

  4. number15 says:

    wow, just wow…… thats what i would say if they traded the 1st overall like that

       Edmonton needs a franchise player, a game changer, cause they sure arent signing on through free-agency. This is their chance to build through a player good enough to well, build around. Why ruin it?

    They r better off drafting Taylor Hall, than taking the 3rd overall and any combo of any of the players u named there….. Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss, r not at that level. Taylor Hall "might" be, but they arent and never will, while Taylor Hall "might". (pretty good chance)

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