I will be live-blogging during the NHL Entry Draft, beginning around 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PST!
Pierre McGuire of TSN is reporting that Florida Panthers assistant (acting) GM Randy Sexton has set a price of a 3rd or 4th round pick for the negotiation rights to impending UFA defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. The Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers are the most rumored teams to be involved. Brochu's take: Various sources have indicated that his rights could be traded as early as Friday.
Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has targeted several players on different teams as trade possibilities. It's believed that Burke is interested in acquiring defenseman Wade Redden from the New York Rangers and forward Peter Schaefer from the Boston Bruins. It's also believed he has interest in Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Giguere has a no trade clause, but Toronto is one of several NHL teams on a list he has provided to Ducks management that he will accept a move to. Source
The no.4 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, owned by the Atlanta Thrashers, is definitely in play. Thrashers GM Don Waddell has admitted that he is shopping the pick, and he's had some discussions with the Leafs. Brochu's take: In a later interview, Waddell admitted there wasn't much progress in the trade talks, but we shall see on draft day.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN is reporting that the San Jose Sharks are shopping restricted free agent forward Ryane Clowe. Source
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
Washington Capitals forward Sergei Fedorov has officially signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Source
Defenseman Lasse Kukkonen has left the Philadelphia Flyers organization and signed with Russian club Avangard Omsk. Source