Vancouver Canucks interested in Hurricanes Noah Hanifin
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman reports that the Vancouver Canucks were a “stealth team” to acquire defenceman Noah Hanifin from the Carolina Hurricanes. Vancouver clearly needs some talent on the back end, but overall they’re consistently in the middle of the pack in terms of their defencemen’s involvement in the offence and successfully transitioning the puck up the ice. The question is, are the Canucks willing to give up the 7th overall pick to get Hanifin?
Detroit Red Wings could trade No. 6 pick at NHL draft
Sportsnet: Detroit Red Wings GM is open to trading the No. 6 overall pick in this years NHL draft. “I’ve started to talk to some teams about a lot. As you work your way toward Dallas at the draft, draft movement possibilities, I think at this stage in the game, everybody is kicking tires as to what might be out there.” Detroit is looking for a defenceman or a centre, either of which could be available with the sixth overall pick.
Are the Lightning looking to trade Tyler Johnson?
The Athletic: Tyler Johnson’s no-trade clause kicks in on July 1, Joe Smith reports feels the Lightning have a narrow window to operate if they have any interest in moving him. While Johnson’s completing the first season of a six-year deal, moving him would free up $5 million of annual cap space that could be invested in re-signing players such as Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Andrej Vasilevskiy. Given the Lightning’s depth at center, they could afford to use Johnson as a trade chip to bolster their depth elsewhere. Smith suggests offering him to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Justin Faulk.