The trade machine started to roll last night at Scotiabank Place and NHL GMs aren't finished, not by a longshot.
As the first round of the draft wrapped up last night with the likes of Florida C Olli Jokinen (Phoenix), Philly W R.J. Umberger, Los Angeles C Mike Cammalleri (Calgary) and Flames W Alex Tanguay (Montreal) packing their bags, many executives are expecting more moves today.
Sources say Sharks GM Doug Wilson, who came to Ottawa to make a splash and tried to get in on everything that was happening on the draft floor, will be busy today trying to move C Patrick Marleau, who has a no-movement clause that kicks in on July 1.
While several teams at the top of the draft were listening to offers for their picks, the Kings, Thrashers and Blues didn't hear anything they liked and opted to keep their picks.
All three teams -- along with the Islanders -- were demanding two players and a No. 1 pick in exchange for their pick.
The Islanders, who were at No. 5, switched picks with the Maple Leafs at No. 7 and the Predators at No. 9, but that was the only movement after plenty of discussion.
Today will be about unloading salaries for draft picks.
OFF THE GLASS
The Panthers were happy to move Jokinen to the Coyotes for D Keith Ballard, D Nick Boynton and a No. 2 pick. Sources say Florida had held talks with 12 teams about Jokinen -- including Minnesota, Calgary, Ottawa, Columbus and Vancouver -- but it's believed the asking price kept changing. The Wild offered C Pierre-Marc Bouchard to Florida ... There was talk the Senators were willing to offer W Antoine Vermette and the No. 18 selection to the Canucks to move up to No. 10... When Senators D Wade Redden becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 he can expect offers from the Rangers, Panthers and Oilers ... The whisper before the draft was the Habs were going to send their No. 1 pick to the Hurricanes for W Erik Cole.
RUMOURS DU JOUR
The Senators didn't shop C Jason Spezza, but that wasn't going didn't teams from calling. The Canucks and Blue Jackets both made inquiries, but the Senators signed Spezza to a seven-year, $49-million US deal during the season because they want him to be part of the program. Ottawa GM Bryan Murray wants Spezza to have a chance to play under new coach Craig Hartsburg. The no-movement clause Spezza has in his contract doesn't kick in until next summer because that's when he would have been eligible to be a UFA ... The Penguins are working on a new deal with G Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero was spotted having lunch with Fleury's agent Allan Walsh in the restaurant of the Westin Hotel. Walsh confirmed the two sides had discussions, but wouldn't provide any further details. Don't be surprised if a deal gets done soon ... There was talk the Oilers were discussing a deal to send C Jarrett Stoll the Kings in exchange for Cammalleri ... The Lightning is talking about a nine-year deal with C Vincent Lecavalier, who can become a UFA after next season. New Bolts owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie are determined to keep Lecavalier in the fold ... Edmonton is trying to move G Dwayne Roloson and the Ottawa is a possible destination. Murray is looking for a solid netminder who can support G Martin Gerber and play at least 30 games.