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The Tire-Kicking Has Started

02/04/2019 at 7:29pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Holland said he has “talked to a number of teams."

“I call this tire-kicking season," Holland said. "I’ve been a buyer, where you call all the teams and see who’s available and get a feel for the price. Now I’m a seller and if there’s a deal, we’ll do it. At the same time, we have to look at the players we have towards 2019, because we need to be more competitive.”

Interest in Nyquist, who has 12 goals and 33 assists, will be weighed against what happens elsewhere. Does Ottawa trade Matt Duchene and Mark Stone? What does Columbus do with Artemi Panarin? Those three, along with forwards Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia) and Micheal Ferland (Carolina) would all top Nyquist in interest. If offers don’t involve either a first-round pick or a second-round pick and a good prospect, there’s little chance they will be moved.

“If it’s a soft market for our players because there are too many sellers or not enough buyers; that will impact the decision I make,” Holland said. “Look at how many teams today are one point, one point away from the playoffs.”

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