It’s quiet. Too quiet…
The first round of the draft saw zero trades. But that could be the calm before the storm, writes @PierreVLeBrun.
His latest rumblings: https://t.co/4vcfcqWSXK
– The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 29, 2023
Yesterday’s draft wasn’t the most exciting of the lot from start to finish. After all, apart from the surprises in the top-10, let’s just say it was a long, quiet river of trades.
Seeing none was a shock. After all, even a trade involving only picks didn’t happen.
Of course, that’s not exactly what was most entertaining for fans. After all, just watching teams draft players doesn’t make for a great show.
Last year, the Habs’ two trades for Kirby Dach were entertaining.
All of which is to say that on this June 29, the day of rounds two to seven of the auction, it’s possible to believe that it will be more entertaining and that transactions could take place.
And that’s according to David Poile.
The Predators’ outgoing GM says there were many discussions, but nothing materialized. The result was what we’ve seen for hours, which is… nothing.
“Watch out for Day 2…”@DarrenDreger, @reporterchris & @PierreVLeBrun discuss the rumours circulating at the NHL Draft and some big names still in play on the trade market, including Connor Hellebuyck and Alex DeBrincat: https: //t.co/NNRcoHwXyZ
– TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 29, 2023
By the way, I wonder how close Yaroslav Askarov came to changing his address… After all, yesterday, his name was linked to the Montreal Canadiens in a package for the #5 pick.
We don’t know exactly what the offer was, but we’re talking about an offer that was robust for the Preds. The CH still held out, which shows what they think of David Reinbacher.
Today, there’s still plenty of stock available for those who want to make a move. For example, without necessarily involving first-round picks in 2023 (because that was yesterday and it’s rare for a freshly drafted prospect to be traded), some big names are in play.
I don’t think Connor Hellebuyck’s market is strong enough for him to be traded today, that said.
On Winnipeg, things have been quiet on the Hellebuyck trade front since it became known he wants $9M+ on an extension. Not much this week on Scheifele, either. Not yet, anyway.
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 29, 2023
I’m not sure how much Alex DeBrincat could leave today, as he was mostly linked to draft picks that were used yesterday to select young players.
The Dallas Stars have named Ben Bishop the clubs Director of Player Development, effective upon the expiration of his NHL contract on July 1st. pic.twitter.com/PvHd1BTJI0
– Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) June 29, 2023
– Well done.
Dream come true.
A moment my family and I will never forget.
Thankful to so many who have helped along the way, and incredibly excited to be a part of the @NHLBlackhawks organization.
– Connor Bedard (@_connorbedard) June 29, 2023
– The Flyers wanted him.
The Flyers met with Matvei Michkov twice in the days leading up to the draft, and the second meeting convinced everyone that he was the player they wanted.
“We were blown away,” said Daniel Brière.https://t.co/IG6TLpkFbA
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) June 29, 2023
– We were?
But that could change in the coming weeks. https://t.co/JzlAEhNv8h
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 29, 2023
– Please note.