Intriguing Draft Weekend

Hello hockey fans! An all new season of my articles is up. I have been quite busy the past months with education (MBA), but hockey season is back on for me now. So not a whole lot to talk about other than the draft, but it’s not the draftee that makes the weekend intriguing, but rather the potential headliners. Such as? Find out…For one, I cannot believe that I am turning 26 on Tuesday. Isn’t that something? I’ve been on HockeyTradeRumors since I was 18….19. Time flies, doesn’t it? Yet, it’s all been fun on here.

Moving on to what makes the draft intriguing.

As I frequent Panthers message boards, I stated on the day when the Panthers hired Pete DeBoer that I had this gut feel of an Olli Jokinen departure. This past week Jokinen rumors have been buzzing like crazy and for the first time ever I will say this:

Olli Jokinen will be traded

Now, of course it may not happen pending on team to team negotiation factors, but there is not doubt in my mind that Olli will be traded. Now, this is what is troubling to some. Why would the Panthers trade their best forward?

Here is why. Jokinen’s market value could not possibly go any higher than it already is, and Jokinen most definitely has no plans of re-signing with the Panthers unless Jacques Martin gets fired, which to me does not seem likely. So what’s the point of keep a guy who will definitely not re-sign with you within the next two seasons? Jokinen said he wanted to see an experienced head coach, and while DeBoer is an experienced bench boss, he is an NHL rookie coach. Jokinen may even end up losing the captaincy role on the team. What does this spell? TROUBLE. It could be possible that trouble may very well be on the horizon for the Panthers if they keep an unrested Olli Jokinen. In result, the Panthers will find themselves trying to trade a disgruntled forward whose market value would go downard slope.

What will it mean for the Panthers when they trade Olli Jokinen? Fans will be upset, just when the team lost Roberto Luongo; however, I do not expect to see such a bad trade occurring. Jacques Martin has already turned down a lot of deals at the trade deadline, some that were most likely top value. It made no sense to trade Olli then, but now it does. This also means that the Panthers, pending on who they acquire from the deal, free up cap space and GM Martin has made it clear that he wants to do $plashy $plashy in July. This also means that the Panthers may end up getting a top 15 1st rounder, which they lack, and improve their prospect depth. This also means that Jay Bouwmeester may not re-sign with the Panthers.

This team could be one of the busiest, if not the busiest, this summer. Jokinen could be dealt, and if so Bouwmeester may decline to re-sign with the club unless it is for one year, which would then make him a UFA player and therefore makes no sense.

But, maybe Bo will sign a long-term deal, who knows? Time will tell.

Martin has come out saying that he won’t ignore a Jokinen trade offer when he hears the name of a puck moving defenseman and a first rounder. I took the time to look at each team and see which team could negotiate with the Panthers. I ranked them in order of draft position.

1) TB: Forget it
2) LA: Nope
3) ATL: Forget it
4) STL: They don’t have a puck mover
5) NYI: Lacking puck mover
6) CBJ: A possibility with Klesla, or prospect Kris Russel who has all the tools to me an offesnive d-man. Jacks need a center, badly.
7) TO: No.
8) PHO: Keith Ballard is a possibility, maybe even Morris. Not sure if they will be willing to lose their 1st rounder though.
9) NSH: Weber and a 1st; maybe Zidlicky too but not too fond of his defensive abilities.
10) VAN: Ohlund and a 1st?
11) CHI: Doubt it, but they are thin up front. Keith, or possibly Barker? Seabrook not a bad idea.
12) ANA: No puck movers available.
13) BUF: Paetsch, or Sekera… Paetsch is intriguing though.
14) CAR: Nope.
15) NSH: Same as above
16) BOS: Wideman? Not a fan of his… he makes so many bad plays.
17) CGY: No puck mover….
18) OTT: Doubt it.
19) CBJ: Same as above.
20) NYR: They seek a puck mover.
21) NJD: Paul Martin? Not a bad idea, very smart d-man.
22) EDM: They won’t trade Gilbert after signing him long-term, though anything is possible? Grebeshkov hasn’t shown enough offensive ability. Pitkanen? At this point, this one would make sense as they may not even re-sign him.
23) WSH: Nope
24) MIN: No available puck mover.
25) MTL: Nothing
26) BUF: Same as above.
27) PHI: No available puck movers.
28) DAL: No available puck movers.
29) ATL: Nope.
30) DET: They don’t need Olli.

The three main teams I am looking at from the above are Buffalo, Columbus, and Edmonton. Who knows, it could be a huge blockbuster trade with Edmonton involving Jokinen and Bouwmeester, for Pitkanen and Gagner and whatever else?

This is what makes the draft intriguing, such possibilities. Other teams may be looking to move up in the draft, other teams are also rumored to make trades, such as Patrick Marleau to the Blue Jackets.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Next week I’ll put up my free agent article. Some people say hockey is over once the Stanley Cup is won. Naaaaaa. Hockey season continues later in June and first half of July. Now August…that’s a different story. Talk about things being dead by then.

Thanks for reading,

Micki Peroni

16 Responses to Intriguing Draft Weekend

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    For the first time in a while the top players a team can aquire are not UFA's. I expect Jokinen to fetch many offers.

  2. Mr_Canuck says:

    Nice article.

    If the Canucks can get Oli for Ohlund and a 1st they'd do it in a heartbeat.

    Our d-corp is fine with Bieksa back in action this year, and Edler stepping up.

    i doubt florida will do it.

    We've already traded to florida in the past 10 years a broken Bure for JovoCop and a box of Turnips for Luongo.

  3. Bure96 says:

    I heard this I idea on the radio a couple days ago. Would you trade Roberto Luongo?

    If you think you could get Steve Stamkos? Then yes, you'd have to.

    To Tampa Bay: Roberto Luongo, 1st rounder (10th overall)
    To Vancouver: Steve Stamkos (1st overall), Mike Smith

    This trade would actually a ton of sense for Tampa Bay. First of all they get one of the best keepers in the game (yes he had a bit of an off year on a team with an extremely banged up defense last season). Tampa is pretty okay on defense and offense, but with guys like Dan Boyle, Vinny Lecavilier, Marty St. Louis, and Roberto Luongo you would have to assume this team will quickly become a playoff team again.

    They can still add a future 1st liner, or future top pairing defensemen with that 10th pick. Guys like Tyler Myers, Colin Wilson, Cody Hodgson, and Kyle Beach could all be there at #10.  

    Yes I know about the whole ownership thing, but Jay Feaster has said he will take calls about from other teams about Steven Stamkos, and you can bet that any trade involving him will likely include a high priced star player going to Tampa Bay.

    Vancouver finally gets there 2nd line center, who's ready to play in the NHL. This would almost guerentee that Vigneault would go with a more high tempo style. Stamkos is cheap, and the Canucks would have more then 26 milllion dollers to spend on UFA's, and to hand out a couple extensions.

    Mike Smith would be the perfect fit for the Canucks too. Cory Schneider MIGHT be ready to be a 30 game goalie in the NHL next season, but maybe not. If he is ready though the Caanucks would have a very good two goalie tandem, in Schneider's 2nd year he would play 50 or so games, and then Smith could be moved. Worst case scenerio is Schneider isn't ready this year, Smith plays 65 games this year and is okay, but doesn't resign next off season, and then Schneider become's an NHL goalie with a different goalie to share the work load with him for a couple years.

    Just a thought though.

  4. UsedandAbused says:

    I know! I have been a member for over 7 years now. Man I am getting old! I will be 30 in September! I only have a few months left in the 20s, then my life is basically over. lol… It goes WAY to fast!

    I have no idea what is going to go down this weekend, but I would love to see the Flyers go after Bouwmeester.  I would be willing to part with a forward or two and draft picks. I have no idea what it would take but if it were up to me I would make it happen. I know it won't though… I have no idea what the Flyers are planning.

    Anyways I hope there are some big trades this weekend.

  5. Kramer says:

    The Leafs should bribe Tampa or use racketeering tactics and political influence to get the 1st overall pick.  Just hire the mafia to do it.  That's why they're there.

  6. Mr_Canuck says:

    We'd be trading a proven top 3 goalie in teh NHL, for a guy that hasn't played a minute in the NHL?

    can't do it guy…

  7. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    he's not you're guy buddy

  8. Mr_Canuck says:

    well you're not my buddy friend

  9. mojo19 says:

    you guys aren’t friends, pal.

  10. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    ahh, you killed it

  11. Archion113 says:

    I was really enjoying that… damn south park…

  12. HABSSTAR says:

    Of all the "How to get Stamkos" posts on here this is the first one I think that could actually happen.  

    TB's goaltending problems go away with Luongo and he ends up back in Florida with his wife and child while Vancouver gets a forward to replace Naslund and someone who could become a true superstar.

    I think this would be a trade that TB would at least listen to.  Not like 99% of the crap that's posted about Tucker, Kubina, Raycroft, a bag of pucks and an old hot dog found under the Coke machine at the ACC for TB's #1 pick.

  13. SabresFan220 says:

    Your idea of the Sabres moving Paetsch is one I had not considered, and its a possibility. Not likely in a deal for Jokinen unless both #1s were sent with him though. I don't think I see the Sabres making that big splash deal anyway because Jokinen would likely leave them in 2 years too. Their concentration is rebuilding a perennial contender for several years, not just the next 2. With so many young players to be resigned for long term I just don't see them wanting another guy to eat $6 million a year aside from Vanek. Paetsch also has a couple years left on a very affordable deal and hasn't gotten a ton of playing time in Buffalo. I could see him go in a package deal to move up into the top 10 with Kotalik or Afinogenov.

  14. habsoverserver says:

    montreal could offer plekanec + streit + a prospect for jokinen. 

  15. pezzz says:

    if the Habs are high on Campbell on the UFA market, then why not : 

    Markov + 1rst round pick vs Jokinen + Kilger + 3rd round pick

    and then, let Bouwmeester sign an offer sheet and take the 4 1rst round picks.

  16. Mr_Canuck says:

    He killed it.

    "how do i reach, these kiiiiids '

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