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by Paul on 06/18/12 at 08:54 PM ET
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The future of superstar forward Rick Nash headlines all pre-draft trade speculation.
The Columbus Blue Jackets know Nash would prefer a deal get done sooner rather than later, but if Zach Parise becomes a free agent, the Blue Jackets may have to wait beyond July 1 to get a true sense of what the trade market is willing to offer.
All seven Canadian NHL teams are hungry to make change, even if Nash’s eye is focused south of the border with the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks still considered his preferred destinations. However, Nash may have to soften and expand the list of teams he’s willing to go to.
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ needs - for starters - are significant. An experienced goalie, a top centre and a tad more bottom-six grit and depth are among the items on the Leafs’ shopping list.
Amid ample speculation swirling around defenceman Luke Schenn, the Leafs refutes that he’s being shopped and management says it isn’t willing to part with Jake Gardiner. But teams are aware they do have extra “D” for sale.
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