2018 DRAFT TRACKER

Tonight has Potential. Deal pending?

Just told by a GM"____'s agent expects it to hear back tonight with the team he is going to. One of the players in the deal is at a wedding and they can't get in touch yet."
Source: Eklund.
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Leafs talking to Carolina....Faulk?

Putting 2 and 2 together here. Two rumors. Faulk is available. Leafs and Canes talking.
Source: Eklund
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Canadiens Dealing??

Stay tuned.
Source: Eklund
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The Battle of Trade-berta. Edmonton talking trade too.

Was just texted “oil working on something since last night. Thought they could announce a few hours ago. But not done all details.”
Source: Eklund.
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Hanifin and Lindholm to Calgary for Dougie Hamilton +

Was a rumor. Changed to DONE Deal. Updated. Ferland and Fox will head to Carolina as well. One western conference owner just said, “lots happening out west.”
Source: Eklund
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Tavares will visit with other teams

Starting tomorrow. I’ve also heard and wrote about earlier, that he will be talking more with the Islanders this weekend.
Source: Eklund
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JvR on Flames and Habs Radar.

Quite a few teams with interest in James. I would really be surprised if his rights weren’t traded at some point today.
Source: Eklund.
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Blues in BIG on Skinner or Pacioretty...

Hearing the Kings are out on Skinner....Blues are working hard to add scoring...Skinner mostly...also in on Patches.
Source: eklund
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Kovalchuk Signing Opens the Door for Pacioretty and Skinner..

Expect to see some really interesting developments...
Source: Eklund
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Kovalchuk has Decided

The white smoke has appeared...Three year deal with the LA Kings..
Source: eklund
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McPhee Calls Karlsson Rumors "Wild Speculation," Denies Kovalchuk Meeting

Per Sheng Peng....McPhee Calls Karlsson Rumors "Wild Speculation," Denies Kovalchuk Meeting..
Source: Sheng Peng
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Vegas would like to make a play for Panarin

Talked to a source last night...the question would be "How much could they afford to give up and could they extend him?" But can you imagine a player with Panarin's skill set on the Knights??
Source: eklund
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Source: Washington Getting Set to Announce John Carlson Signing

I really am surprised by how the Caps could make this happen...They made a great trade yesterday to clear space...
Source: eklund
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Oilers NOT moving Ryan Nugent Hopkins. Welcome to Day 2

RNH getting a lot of attention right now as teams would love to get him in their lineup. But talking to an Oilers source this morning, and another last night, they are keeping RNH and moving another player. Welcome to Day 2.
Source: Eklund
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Karlsson Offers “undewhelming.” Will Sens Reconsider?

Talking to three other teams who are in on Karlsson and each were told their offers were underwhelming and they should remember that Ottawa doesn't have to deal Erik and could have him play out this year like Tavares and Stamkos have done.
Source: Eklund
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Canadiens Asking for Scorer for Pacioretty

Starting to hear what the Canadiens are asking for...and it's a lot...
Source: eklund
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Habs Have SERIOUS Interest in Panarin

As the first round winds down you get the sense as per usual that teams will go back to their hotel suites and plan for tomorrow and prepare to make BIGGER deals...Along those lines I just heard the Canadiens have put Panarin atop their list...
Source: eklund
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CONFIRMED TRADE »

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Acquired:
25th overall pick
Acquired:
29th overall pick
76th overall pick

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Acquired:
22nd overall pick
Acquired:
26th overall pick
48th overall pick

Blues and Sabres talking O'Reilly

stay tuned...
Source: eklund
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Flames are talking trade with Carolina and one other team

stay tuned...
Source: eklund
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Canucks Get Quinn Hughes...

This is a steal...love this player
Source: eklund
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Senators Take Brady Tkachuk

Great pick in my opinion...they did the right thing taking the pick this year...
Source: eklund
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Canadiens Take Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Did they reach too far just to get a center?
Source: NHL Draft
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Rasmus Dahlin is a Sabre.

Not a surprise at all....but it is done...talk about this pick in comments...
Source: NHL Draft
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Jeff Skinner to San Jose?

Thats the latest rumor....stay tuned..
Source: Eklund
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Knights and Senators in Discussion...

oh boy....two GMs talking on the floor..
Source: eklund
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Caps have room to sign Carlson Now.

Great move...
Source: eklund
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Acquired:
2nd Round Pick 2018
Acquired:
Brooks Orpik
Philipp Grubauer

Could Varlamov be Lamoriello's Target?

Now that Grubauer has been dealt to Colorado...
Source: Eklundd
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Grubrauer Dealt to Colorado

more to come
Source: Ekund
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Hanifin offers not good enough..

Told as of now...not moving...
Source: eklundd
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Bruins and Oilers talking Klefbom....

Stay tuned
Source: eklund
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Starting to Hear Rumblings Of a Tavares Deal on the Island...

I was just told the deal could be close...86.25 Million over 8 years...stay tuned...announcing this deal during the draft could really send the hockey world into a tizzy..
Source: eklund
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Karlsson, Kovalchuk, Hanifin and Skinner Blocking Everything

I think we all expected that we would see some moves by now today...but I was told that the four players who EVERYONE is waiting to get done are Karlsson, Kovalchuk, Hanifin, and Skinner....
Source: eklund
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Habs talking to Arizona about a draft pick swap..

Hearing Montreal is OK drafting at #5...
Source: Eklund
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Source: Flyers not doing any player trades this weekend

They aren't alone with this thought...I get a sense that a few other teams aren't connecting the UFA period or possible player trades to this draft....
Source: eklund
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Carolina Deal Close...

Waiting to see if this is the Skinner Deal...Stay tuned..
Source: eklund
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JvR on Habs Radar

Working on confirming the Sabres/Ducks Minor League/Prospect trade....But I am also hearing a ton right now that the Habs could turn to JvR IF THEY TRADE Pacioretty...
Source: eklund
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Lindholm and Canes far apart

"...Meeting between Elias Lindholm camp and Hurricanes' brass did not go well today, I'm told. Still far apart on a contract. A trade now is very much possible."
Source: @PierreVLeBrun
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Flyers and Oilers discuss a Flyers D and....

Hearing Sanheim and Nugent-Hopkins names being mentioned as part of this...I was told a draft pick may NOT anymore be involved...so they may be able to wait until after tonight...
Source: eklund
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Trusted Source Says Karlsson is 100% Leaving. Kovy to LA

This info comes from one of my favorite hockey people and someone who is very connected throughout the NHL..."Karlsson is 100% Leaving...and I think Kovy ends up in LA." This is the first source I have talked to who I really trust when it comes to these particular situations... He has no skin in the game with any of these players/teams, but knows the people involved and the background story...
Source: hockeybuzz
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Oilers Going ALL in on D. Ristolainen, Karlsson....

Word is the 10th pick is VERY much in play...
Source: hockeybuzz.com
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Sabres Officially Walk Away from Lehner...

crazy... a first round pick was spent to get this guy how long ago??? The Flyers may actually look to sign him I was told..
Source: hockeybuzz.com
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Hanifin could be moved to the Wings Today...

Hearing the Wings are leading the way on this one...and offering up a package the Canes are seriously looking at this... Leafs Carolina and Caps also in on this
Source: hockeybuz.com
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Sabres Having a Hard Time Finding Partners for O'Reilly

Ryan is a much better player when playing with more skilled players...but some are questioning his speed in a speed dominated game...
Source: hockeybuzz
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Kovalchuk COULD be a Maple Leaf...ONE year if others fall away.

It is more than possible that Kovalchuk is the backup plan for the Kings or Sharks (if they can't get Tavares...) However, if Kovalchuk wants to go BIG for one year...
Source: hockeybuzz
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Kovy agent to meet with teams

"Expectation is that J.P. Barry, agent for Ilya Kovalchuk, will meet with the top four contenders for the UFA's services today _ Boston, L.A., SJ and Vegas _ to advance proceedings along."
Source: @PierreVLeBrun
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Milan Lucic watch is on

Lucic trade watch in full swing today. He has a NMC, but we can confirm he’s willing to accept a trade out of Edmonton. Will come down to how much $ the Oilers eat and/or take back in a deal.
Source: D.Pagnotta
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Senators keeping their pick

The fourth overall I am told will stay with Ottawa
Source: Eklund
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Hamilton in play

Philly, NYR, and Carolina have all talked with CGY about Dougie
Source: Eklund
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NYI agressively pursuing Erik Karlsson

Their two 1st rounders this Draft are the centerpiece.
Source: Eklund
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Montreal Talking to Florida about 15th Overall Pick

Could be part of a Pacioretty trade.
Source: Eklund
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Rick Nash returning to Columbus??

Hearing its very possible.
Source: Eklund
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