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by Paul on 06/23/14 at 10:14 AM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- As we head towards Philadelphia, site of Draft Smorgasbord 2014, who are the teams to watch? Well, Florida is atop the list, because of its willingness to separate itself from the first overall selection. Other teams don't believe GM Dale Tallon will make his final decision until Thursday night, so there might be a lull beforehand. Why show your best offer on Tuesday when it might not matter for 48 hours?
- One team that has definitely made an offer? Vancouver. I believe it included their first pick in this draft (which is sixth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk, who was taken 24th in 2013. There was at least one other piece, probably off the main roster, but I can't pin it down. It's not Ryan Kesler, who won't go there.
- Two others to watch: Carolina and Winnipeg. When the Hurricanes introduced new coach Bill Peters, GM Ron Francis said, "I don't foresee a major makeover." That may be true, but it would surprise no one if he made one significant move to jolt his group. Not sure his top young players (Justin Faulk, Jeff Skinner) are available, though.
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