The NHL draft has come and gone, but the offseason is far from over, as teams continue to discuss potential trades ahead of Friday's free agency frenzy. A handful of intriguing deals went down on Sunday, but now that teams know exactly where they stand, the market should open up even further.
Players like Cory Schneider, Dave Bolland, Cal Clutterbuck and Andrej Sekera were moved on Sunday, and even bigger names stand to be traded in the coming days provided teams are able to strike a deal. There are plenty of franchises that prefer to build through the drafts and trades as opposed to free agency, so player movement is far from over.
Here is the latest chatter surrounding some of the top available names on the trade market as the NHL's offseason grows even more unpredictable.
Many observers would agree that Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin is one of the league's top rising stars, but that hasn't stopped his current employer from tossing his name out there in trade discussions. Seguin really struggled in the playoffs this past season, as he put up just one goal and eight points in 22 contests. Seguin was bumped down to the third and fourth lines deep in Boston's run, and general manager Peter Chiarelli is willing to see what type of interest there is in his 21-year-old forward, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Not 100 per cent yet but looks like Nathan Horton will NOT be back with BOS. B's talking trade and Tyler Seguin's name has been discussed.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2013
Sunday's draft came and went without Seguin changing locales, but that doesn't mean that he is safe quite yet. One has to believe that there are plenty of teams out there that would have no problem offering an enticing package of roster players, prospects and future draft picks. With forward Nathan Horton testing free agency and quite possibly planning to sign elsewhere, though, it will probably take an absolutely huge offer to pry Seguin away from Beantown.
Seguin had a decent regular season, with 32 points in 48 games to go along with a plus-23 rating. He truly seemed to be approaching star status last year, though, as he scored 29 goals and totaled 67 points. Seguin seems to struggle on the big stage, however, as his playoff resume isn't overly impressive. Even so, there is still plenty of time for Seguin to develop as a player. The Bruins may be frustrated with his regression this year, but he shouldn't be relinquished for any less than a king's ransom.
Another forward to keep tabs on in the coming days is St. Louis Blues winger David Perron. While the 25-year-old Perron has shown flashes of brilliance over the years, any team that trades for him would be banking on him reaching his potential in the near future. Perron hasn't gotten to that point yet, but his potential is certainly immense. The speedster has dealt with some injuries over the course of his career that have held him back to some degree, but his offensive ability is something special.
Perron took some big steps forward last season with 42 points in 57 games, and although he didn't necessarily improve upon that this season with 25 points in 48 games, the fact that he didn't miss a contest in the lockout-shortened campaign is encouraging. There are likely a number of teams exploring the possibility of a deal for Perron, but Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch specifically mentioned the Columbus Blue Jackets as a team that could be in on Perron.
The rumor definitely makes sense, as current Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was in the Blues' front office when they drafted Perron in the first round back in 2007. Draft day might have been a good time for Columbus to acquire Perron as the Blue Jackets had three first-round selections, but they decided to use those picks instead. If Columbus truly wants Perron, though, it still has assets to get a deal done.
Defense and goaltending were big issues for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, but that may not stop them from shipping out a key defenseman this offseason. Braydon Coburn has been a key contributor in Philly for the past seven seasons, however, his tenure could soon come to an end. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers have made overtures regarding Coburn and would love to bring him to Canada.
Sources say the Oilers are still hammering away at the Flyers with Coburn the primary target.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2013
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If a Coburn-to-Edmonton trade comes to fruition, it would make sense for both sides involved. For one, the Oilers have needed defense in a very bad way over the past few years. Edmonton has stocked up on elite-level forward talent such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, but the Oilers can't stop other teams from scoring. Coburn has played top-four minutes and served in a lockdown role for the Flyers in the past, and that is precisely the type of guy Edmonton needs.
From Philadelphia's perspective, things simply didn't click last season. It may seem counterproductive to give up on a big, physical defenseman like Coburn, but he was a liability with a minus-10 rating. The Flyers traded for the negotiating rights to former New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit and signed him to an extension, so it could be out with the old and in with the new for Philly. It's unclear what the Flyers might get in return, but Edmonton has plenty of intriguing young players that could come back the other way.
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