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NHL Notebook: Flames may try to move up in draft for Tij Iginla

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Ryley Delaney
21 days ago
The National Hockey League season is done, so bring on the off-season news!
On Friday, the first day of the NHL draft takes place, and some teams are already making moves or are looking to move up. Moreover, an Edmonton Oilers rival re-signed a player, while another rival is looking to re-sign a player.
Let’s dig into the latest edition of the NHL Notebook!

Flames may look to move up in the draft

Speaking of trading up, it looks as if the Edmonton Oilers’ provincial rivals may do the same.
The Flames have the ninth-overall pick in the draft, as well as the 28th-overall pick. However, they may look to move up, perhaps to nab Tij Iginla or someone else.
On Thursday’s episode of Daily Faceoff LIVE, Frank Seravalli and Tyler Yaremchuk discuss the Flames’ offseason and what the club should try to do in this Friday’s Draft.
Tyler Yaremchuk: Let’s start with draft talk. When it comes to the Flames trading up in the draft, is there smoke, fire or false alarm?
Frank Seravalli: Fire. To be honest, they’re one of a few teams you could see trade back, depending on how the board goes. They’re obviously paying attention to Tij Iginla and where he ends up going. His father Jarome works in the organization and is close friends with Craig Conroy. I’m sure there’s some internal and external pressure to get him, but that’s not the only guy who they have their sights set on.
What if the board breaks a certain way? What if they see a guy available at a lower spot than they thought? Do they have the assets to do so? Conroy has assembled a ton of picks based off last season’s trades, and while he’s got some capital to work with, he’d have to really push.

Sharks are making moves

The San Jose Sharks have been a busy bee this off-season. Recently, they acquired a 2024 second-round pick from the Detroit Red Wings to take on Jake Walman’s salary. On Thursday, they made two additional moves.
First off, they traded defenceman Kyle Burroughs to the Los Angeles Kings for Carl Grundstrom. Last season for the Kings, the 26-year-old right-winger scored eight goals and 12 points in 50 games, slightly below his career-best season in 2022-23 when he scored 12 goals and 19 points in 57 games.
Burroughs, on the other hand, is a 28-year-old right-shot defenceman who was drafted by the New York Islanders, but has played five games with the Colorado Avalanche and two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks before landing on the Sharks last season. He played a career-high 73 games with two goals and eight points on an abysmal Shark team.
The Sharks also moved up to 11th-overall in the draft by moving their 14th-overall pick and the 42nd overall-pick. This will give them an opportunity to likely draft one of the many great looking defenceman who may not have fallen to them with the 14th overall-pick.
This appears to be an aggressive rebuild for the Sharks, who select first-overall on Thursday.

Canucks re-sign Dakota Joshua

Another one of Edmonton’s rivals made a move on Thursday. The day prior, the Vancouver Canucks were able to move Iya Mikheyev and his contract. Well, they used those savings to re-sign forward Dakota Joshua to a four-year deal with an annual cap-hit of $3.25 million.
Last season was a breakout year for the 28-year-old centre. He scored a career-high 18 goals and 32 points in 63 games, beating out his 11 goals and 23 points in 79 games the season prior. On top of that, he was an effective player for the Canucks in the postseason, scoring four goals and eight points in 13 postseason games.
He was also a physical force in the postseason, finishing with 74 hits in just 13 games, despite being bounced in the second round. Everyone else in the top 10 in hits was on the Edmonton Oilers or the Florida Panthers.

Golden Knights actively trying to re-sign Jonathan Marchessault

Whatever team Jonathan Marchessault ends up on, he’ll be paid. It looks as if one of the last remaining “Misfits” of the Vegas Golden Knights may stay, as the 2023 Stanley Cup champions are actively pursuing the 33-year-old right-winger.
Last season, Marchessault scored a career-best 42 goals and 69 points in 82 games, scoring two goals and four points in seven postseason games. He’s coming off a six-year deal with an annual cap hit of $5 million. After winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2023, he’ll certainly earn a raise.
On Thursday’s edition of Daily Faceoff LIVE, Frank Seravalli and Tyler Yaremchuk look at the path Vegas might be on in order to keep Marchessault in the fold.
Frank Seravalli: They are trying like hell to get Jonathan Marchessault signed. It’s been a grind, they need cap space. They’re another team that could potentially be looking at moving a player here or there to make it happen. Chandler Stephenson is an all-but-certainty to be gone. I think they can pull it off with Marchessault, they’ve worked miracles in Vegas before, but the clock is ticking.
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