Trade Talk

Jonathan Willis
June 20 2013 09:28AM

If the volume of trade rumours is anything to go by, the time between the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs and draft day (June 30) is going to be nuts. At the centre of a lot of it is Edmonton – general manager Craig MacTavish has made no secret of his desire to immediately and significantly put his stamp on the team, and at this point it would be more of a surprise not to find the Oilers involved in significant trades than to see them pull the trigger on a deal.

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FAST FORWARD

Lowetide
June 19 2013 09:49PM

The 2013 draft just got very interesting, as the consensus #1 (Seth Jones) is apparently #4 on the Colorado Avalanche draft list. Is the race that close this year? Math suggests there is a clear option for #1 overall, and the name at the top may surprise.

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THE GUESSING GAME: YOU DON'T SAY?

Robin Brownlee
June 19 2013 08:43PM

As an NHL beat writer, I used to love and hate the weeks leading up to the annual June Entry Draft and free agency.

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Oilers Nation makes the Toronto Star! Kind of!

Jonathan Willis
June 19 2013 01:43PM

Photo: SimonP/Wikimedia

Everybody knows the Toronto Star. It bills itself as Canada’s largest daily (and carefully doesn’t mention it has lost more readers over the last four years than anyone else). Still, seeing Oilers Nation in one of the big national giants on Wednesday was kind of cool.

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RUMOUR MILL IS GETTING HOT...

Jason Gregor
June 19 2013 11:34AM

The next three weeks will be extremely exciting for hockey fans. Compliance buyouts could start as early as Monday, June 24th, or as last as Friday, June 28th, the 2013 NHL entry draft happens Sunday, June 30th and the free agent signings occur July 5th.

Between now and then we will hear some juicy rumours, witness some interesting trades, debatable draft selections and some horrendous UFA signings.

I can't wait, and thankfully we won't have to with copious speculation already circulating around the hockey world.

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