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What The Florida Panthers Want For The #1 Pick

from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

A brief survey of NHL execs suggests that the Florida Panthers might get off the No. 1 pick in the draft, but they won’t get off it for anything along the lines of a much-floated rumour out there: the Leafs’ No. 8 pick, plus defenceman Jake Gardiner and centre Nazem Kadri. The way the scenario goes (at least in the imagination of Leafs’ brass and ardent fans), Toronto would use the pick on Barrie defenceman Aaron Ekblad and thus have a first-pair right-hand shot at the point for a generation.

Said one senior exec: “I get the sense that [the No. 1 pick] is out there. [Pathers GM] Dale Tallon has all kinds of young players in the organization and wants to make the playoffs sooner rather than later. Still, Kadri in the package won’t get it done. JVR [LW James van Riemsdyk] might if he’s with the pick and Gardiner… or he might not. Tallon will wait it out to see what the best offer is. It’s a big one to sit tight and close on the floor but I wouldn’t rule it out.”

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To move up 7 spots in the draft to grab an unproven prospect to rush him into the NHL when he likely isn’t ready… you have to give up all of that? Holy shit! Good on Florida for trying.

Posted by weswolverine on 06/18/14 at 06:12 PM ET

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I could kind of imagine that deal being made if the Panthers got to add on Campbell (he apparently wants out) and did the Leafa the favor of taking Phaneuf and his contract…

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 06/18/14 at 11:50 PM ET

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