Nashville Predators will listen to offers for No. 4 pick

Two teams with top-five picks in the NHL Draft have dangled their picks as potential trade bait in recent days. First, new Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the Avalanche would be open to dealing the No. 1 pick. Then Florida general manager Dale Tallon encouraged teams to offer packages for the No. 2. The Predators, who are slated to pick fourth, have not said they will trade the pick.

But they’re keeping their options open. “We’ll entertain offers. We’ve already had people inquire with us about it and vice-versa,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said. “We’ll talk about whatever position that can improve us for the whole big picture of things.” Still, Fenton was cautious: “In order to move up to that position, you’re going to have to make an offer that you can’t refuse.” If the Predators do use the pick, they strongly believe they will get a solid player. Fenton and chief amateur scout Jeff Kealty were recently in Toronto for the NHL scouting combine, which invites 101 of the top prospects. Both were impressed with the top-level talent.

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