NHL Draft rumor mill: Trade speculation on draft day

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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This year's NHL Entry Draft figures to be about a lot more than just the prospects being drafted. Trade speculartion is running rampant as teams try to lower their salaries to meet next season's declining cap.

This will be your one-stop shop for gossip and speculation for trade action in the NHL on this draft day. Check back often.

Trade Speculation
The Hurricanes didn't end up trading the fifth overall pick, instead selecting Elias Lindholm, but they could still do something. They aren't looking to trade Jeff Skinner but GM Jim Rutherford said they would consider offers (via Craig Custance).
Building off an earlier rumor, the Sharks have landed forward Tyler Kennedy from the Penguins. In return Pittsburgh receives San Jose's second-round pick (No. 50 overall) in this year's draft.
The Calgary Flames have the sixth pick (as well as two others in the first round) and it appears they'll be holding onto it. Pierre LeBrun says they did talk about moving it with Boston potentially for Tyler Seguin but right now it looks like they will make the pick.
Are the Panthers putting Tomas Fleischmann on the trade block? George Richards is hearing conflicting information on that. He would be one the Panthers vets with some trade value though his contract is relatively tough at $4.5 million annually over the next two seasons.
Speculation has been wild around Thomas Vanek in Buffalo since the Sabres were big sellers at the trade deadline. However GM Darcy Regier doesn't have anything new to report and said it's "likely" that Vanek will remain with the team through the draft.
You shouldn't expect a lot of big moves from the champion Blackhawks but if they do anything, GM Stan Bowman would like to add a few more draft picks. Also, he says things are looking good for the Hawks and re-signing Bryan Bickell.
With Pittsburgh close to re-signing Kris Letang for a big deal, the Penguins might have to look at moving some other players. Tyler Kennedy is one of them and Pierre LeBrun has him connected to the Sharks as well (see below for more on the Sharks).
A lot of teams appear to have their eyes on the Edmonton Oilers' draft position at No. 7. The draft is so strong in elite talent that Ren Lavoie says they have been receiving a lot of calls about it. Given new GM Craig MacTavish's willingness to shake things up, perhaps he could be swayed.
San Jose would like to add a little more depth at forward and Darren Dreger says that Cal Clutterbuck is a name drawing the Sharks' interest. Having Clutterbuck and Raffi Torres together would be fun, eh?
The Washington Capitals are going to give it one more go with soon-to-be free agent Mike Ribeiro but Pierre LeBrun says that it certainly looks like the centerman will hit the market next week as a free agent.
Here's a huge rumor to hit the mill on Sunday: The Blue Jackets are reportedly offering up Sergei Bobrovsky to other teams. He is a restricted free agent and also has interest from the KHL. Whoa.
Another team interested in the Hurricanes' fifth overall pick looks to be the Buffalo Sabres. Nick Kypreos says that draft position could cost Buffalo the eighth-overall pick and a defenseman. He throws the name Tyler Myers out as a possibility.
The Winnipeg Jets might be losing a player for nothing to the KHL. Alexander Burmistrov is apparently close to a deal with KHL Ak Bars as his agent told championat.com. The deal would be for two seasons (via Igor Eronko).
One name that keeps coming up in Philadelphia among trade possibilities is Braydon Coburn. The Flyers defenseman remains on the block per Tim Pannacio as the team continues to try and tweak the roster -- and fina a goalie.
Columbus is one of the teams to watch today. The Jackets have three first-round picks at their disposal and according to Aaron Portzline, the Blue Jackets have talked to the Blues about David Perron as well as the Bruins about Tyler Seguin. Looks like they want to make a big move.
It came up on Saturday that the Bruins might be listening to offers for Tyler Seguin and indeed GM Peter Chiarelli said he has been fielding calls. Though they have dwindled some since Nathan Horton's declaration to go to free agency.
The Rangers and Wild have swung a deal with Minnesota sending defenseman Justin Falk to New York in exchange for Benn Ferreiro and a sixth-round pick in 2014.
The Carolina Hurricanes remain the most-likely team to trade out of the top five. Darren Dreger says they have at least three offers to trade down with this draft having so much elite talent. One of those offers seems to be from the Maple Leafs.
If the Hurricanes and Leafs do swing a deal, Carolina might covet Jake Gardiner from Toronto according to Josh Rimer. The Leafs seem to have their eye on prospect Max Domi, son of Tie.
While the Canucks try to figure out what's going with their goaltenders, defenseman Alex Edler's name has popped up as well in trade speculation. There would be more than a few teams interested on that front.
 
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