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by Paul on 07/02/13 at 09:39 AM ET
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Canucks are listening to offers for defenceman Alex Edler and several teams on the draft floor were surprised he didn’t land with the Carolina Hurricanes for the No.-5 selection. That’s because GM Mike Gillis already had a deal in place to get the No.-9 pick from the Devils for goalie Cory Schneider. The market isn’t dead for Edler. Far from it. I’m told the Flyers, Lightning, Senators, Sabres and Oilers all have interest in the 27-year-old Edler, who has a cap hit of $5 million through 2018-19. He could still move but it may have to happen before free agency.
- A lot of league executives are mystified by Calgary GM Jay Feaster’s performance at this weekend’s draft. Essentially, he stood pat with the exception of the deal he made to acquire forward David Jones and defenceman Shane O’Brien from the Avs in a 2-for-2 trade. Feaster told the world he was open for business with his three first-round picks and didn’t move any of them. Not one. “Calgary needs players,” said a league executive Monday. “I guess nobody decided they wanted to give the Flames somebody who could play in exchange for a pick.”
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