Are the Canucks trying to land the first overall pick?

Ben Kuzma wonders if the Canucks could try to package Jason Garrison and the 6th overall pick as part of a deal with Florida to move up in the draft.

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All NHL Teams would have to OK a Kovalchuk return

Should the Oilers make a push for Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner?

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal writes … “Should the Edmonton Oilers push to acquire Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs?”

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Flames talking to the Panthers about the number 1 pick

NHL.com is reporting that … “Flames asking Panthers about No. 1 pick in Draft”

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Lots of talk in Florida right now

Damien Cox of the Star writes that “The Florida Panthers general manager has the No. 1 pick in the draft. He’s talked to 12 coaching candidates, including the newly available Dan Bylsma.”

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Tons of interest in Pittsburghs James Neal

Expect Anaheim to be in the discussion for Spezza, Kesler and Thornton

Eric Duhatschek of the The Globe and Mail writes … Expect Anaheim to be in the discussion for Spezza, Kesler and Thornton

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Andrei Markov is not close to sign a deal with the Canadiens

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Dan Bylsma, Canucks, Sharks, Devils and Canucks talk

One of the big decisions that some teams still have to make is their coaching section. Last weeks firing of Dan Bylsma means that it is likely that he instantly becomes the front runner to coach in Vancouver, Carolina or Florida. Another possibility to coach in Florida is Ron Wilson, who interviewed for the position last week.

Speaking of the Vancouver Canucks, it has been indicated that new GM Jim Benning wants to bring in a scorer via trade or UFA. Some of the names that are set to become available and who fit the billing as a scorer include Vanek and Gaborik. It was speculated several years ago that Gaborik was interested in playing in Vancouver. If the Canucks are able to trade Kesler and a player such as Edler the Canucks could have a brand new second line. Although it has been recently reported that the Canucks want to hang on to Edler, it is well known that the Red Wings are very interested in him and he could fetch a high price in return.

Are the Wings likely to make trades rather than sign UFA’s?

Ansar Khan of mlive.com speculates on this question … Are Red Wings more likely to trade for their needs due to shallow free-agent pool?

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