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Possible Spezza Destinations

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Incoming Panthers GM Dale Tallon watched from a distance as his former Chicago draft picks—Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane—led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup. He has also said repeatedly that the proper way to rebuild the Panthers is through the draft.

Accordingly, Tallon isn’t likely to give up the third pick and a chance to draft Fowler or Gudbranson. He is, however, interested in cleaning house of veterans if the right deal arrives….

Could Spezza answer Florida’s call for a true first-line centre for the first time since Jokinen was traded away? Horton, 6-2 and 229 pounds, has scored at least 20 goals in all five of his NHL seasons, but hasn’t topped the 31 goals he scored in his second NHL season.

Would a trade to Hockey Country inspire a new attitude? Horton has a salary cap hit of $4 million per season on a deal that has three years remaining. Interestingly, his no-trade clause also kicks in on July 1, the same day as Spezza’s.

more teams mentioned…

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Comments

Donny Rivette's avatar

John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane and Ryan O’Reilly were the only 2009 draft picks to play the entire 2009-10 season in the NHL.

FLA defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall in ‘09) played 68 games, missing 14 due to a knee injury leading to an IR visit in December/January; no demotions or benchings. That warrants inclusion in this list.

Posted by Donny Rivette from West Palm Beach on 06/13/10 at 12:54 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

July 1 can’t come soon enough for Sens fans.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 06/14/10 at 03:42 AM ET

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