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Hockey Night in CanadaPlenty of smoke, no fire sale of moves yet at NHL draft

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 | 07:38 PM

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Tampa Bay centre Vincent Lecavalier became one of the league's more coveted free agents after the Lightning bought out his contract on Thursday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Tampa Bay centre Vincent Lecavalier became one of the league's more coveted free agents after the Lightning bought out his contract on Thursday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The craziness at the 2013 NHL entry draft has yet to occur, but that could change by the time the Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones are selected on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

NEW YORK - Most in the hockey world anticipated a frenzy of wheeling and dealing in the hours leading up the 2013 NHL entry draft.

The craziness has yet to occur, but that could change by the time Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones are selected on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

As of early Saturday evening, let's take a look at the main developments as teams prepared for the draft.

  • Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis acknowledged that a team recently has called him about 27-year-old goalie Cory Schneider. Gillis remarked that he has listened to a proposal for Schneider and is open to more offers for Schneider. Ideally, Gillis would like to move Roberto Luongo and his long-term contract. But this saga has lasted more than a year and maybe finding Schneider a new address is the way to go for the Canucks.
  • Gillis also stated that he hasn't made any firm decisions on whether to use one or both of his compliance buyouts on defenceman Keith Ballard, forward David Booth or Luongo. The Canucks have until Thursday afternoon to make buyout decisions.
  • Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin did not want to tip his hand as to whether he will go after unrestricted free-agent Vincent Lecavalier, who has been bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, because a lot can happen before the free-agent period begins on Friday.
  • Bergevin, however, told fourth-liner Colby Armstrong that he will not be re-signed.
  • Lecavalier has been in New York this weekend and has met with several teams, including the Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers. Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon also acknowledged his interest in signing the 33-year-old Lecavalier.
  • Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff confirmed defenceman Tobias Enstrom was robbed, but not seriously injured in Sweden on Friday night. Cheveldayoff said Enstrom was out for dinner with his family, went to a nearby ATM and allegedly was robbed by three people. He suffered a minor cut above his eye, but otherwise Enstrom was okay. 
  • Nathan Horton has told the Stanley Cup-finalist Boston Bruins that he wants to test free agency next week. His agent Paul Krepelka said his client wants to move on. Translation: The 28-year-old Horton wants to cash in on his success in Boston.
  • Krepelka also believes another client, Manny Malhotra, will be a person of interest when the free agency period opens its door on Friday. The 33-year-old Malhotra, who suffered a serious eye injury late in the 2010-11 season, was shut down after nine games by the Canucks this year. He did manage to score seven goals in 78 games in a fourth-line role and win 58.5 percent of his faceoffs in 2011-12. 
  • There also were unconfirmed rumblings that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was shopping forward Tyler Seguin, who scored only one goal in 22 playoff games. But would the Bruins give up the 21-year-old Seguin now with Horton's departure?

Turning toward the draft, the Calgary Flames will be the busiest Canadian team in the first round with three selections. Here is the order of the first round on Sunday.

1. Colorado; 2. Florida; 3. Tampa Bay; 4. Nashville; 5. Carolina; 6. Calgary; 7. Edmonton; 8. Buffalo; 9. New Jersey; 10. Dallas; 11. Philadelphia; 12. Phoenix; 13. Winnipeg; 14. Columbus; 15. N.Y. Islanders; 16. Buffalo (from Minnesota); 17. Ottawa; 18. Detroit; 19. Columbus (from the Rangers); 20. San Jose; 21. Toronto; 22. Calgary (from St. Louis); 23. Washington; 24. Vancouver; 25. Montreal; 26. Anaheim; 27. Columbus (from Los Angeles); 28. Calgary (from Pittsburgh); 29. Dallas (from Boston); 30. Chicago.

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