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by Paul on 06/26/12 at 12:28 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• Generally, offer sheet talk is a waste of time. But I’m curious to see if two other players get any action. One is is Sam Gagner. He’ll be 23 in August and the fit hasn’t always been good in Edmonton. You’re not going to throw $5 million at him, but is he worth a first- and third-round pick? (That’s between $3,364,391 and $5,046,585.) There are a lot of teams looking for centres.
• The other is Shea Weber and that probably depends on where Parise and Suter end up. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the rest of the league, especially the Eastern Conference, a little spooked. If they get one or both of them, other contenders are going to be desperate to do something. Desperate enough to make all-world defender Weber an offer?
• Have always believed Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s best opportunity to deal Rick Nash will be after Parise’s decision. Think some other teams hoped their first-round picks would really appeal to Columbus, but that wasn’t the case. My guess is that Nash and Bobby Ryan, if Anaheim wants to do it, get dealt after Parise signs. If Pittsburgh doesn’t get Parise, Nash makes sense—assuming it has what the Blue Jackets want.
• One GM (no one quoted here) says there are about “8-10’ good players available via trade. Of course, he was not willing to name them.
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