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TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports the Maple Leafs want to move up in the draft and the Edmonton Oilers may want to move the first overall pick, suggesting a deal – which could involve defenseman Luke Schenn – isn’t out of the question.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have the fifth overall pick, and the Oilers are in need of a good, young defenseman. Schenn has been a fixture in the rumor mill for some time, so I wouldn’t fully dismiss the possibility. Still, it remains to be seen if the Oilers are keen to move the pick, and one shouldn’t rule out a rival club making a better pitch.
TAMPABAY.COM: Damian Cristodero reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is no fan of offers sheets. This comes following speculation the Lightning might target Vancouver Canucks RFA goalie Cory Schneider with an offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Offer sheets have become an exercise in pointlessness, as they’re almost always matched (Dustin Penner being the sole exception). Given the uncertainty over a new CBA, I don’t expect Schneider to get an offer sheet.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings could turn to the UFA market to find a suitable replacement for Brad Stuart, whom they dealt yesterday to the San Jose Sharks. Possibilities include Nashville’s Ryan Suter, Washington’s Dennis Wideman, Philadelphia’s Matt Carle and St. Louis’ Barret Jackman.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Red Wings are prepared to make a contract offer to winger Jiri Hudler, but he’s likely to test this summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One thing the Wings have going for them this summer is they’ve got over $26 million in available cap space, and have no problem with investing it. What remains to be seen is who they find to spend it on.