Flames kicking tires on moving up in NHL Draft
CALGARY, AB -- Last week, Florida Panthers Director of Scouting Scott Luce talked to NHL.com about his team holding the first overall selection at the NHL Draft and their intentions with the pick.
He revealed that general manager Dale Tallon was entertaining offers.
"The one thing that Dale does very well is he interacts with his scouting staff both pro and amateur with regard to what's coming up the pipeline and he does a great job managing the assets that we put forth to him," Luce told NHL.com. "There's no question that if the right deal were to come along Dale would definitely pull the trigger, but it will be a high price because it's the first overall pick.
"In the end it all comes down to basic asset management and Dale said that the pick is available for the right price. So we'll listen to the offers and see if the right price does come along."
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has touched base with Tallon to get a sense of what other organizations are looking to do and what the asking price is for the Panthers pick.
"Now is the time that all of those conversations are happening," Treliving explained. "We're going to keep pounding away and try to get a sense of what other teams are thinking. For the most part, teams have gotten through their meetings. They've done their preparation for the draft. The talk between managers is increasing. We'll see where it goes.
"I expect those conversations to continue on right up until draft day."
Would the Flames consider making a trade to snag the first overall pick? That remains to be seen.
"We'll see. You're managing it all the time. Is it realistic? I don't know," Treliving said. "We're looking to get better so ... any potential deal, you look at the assets required to make the deal, what are the assets you could acquire, is the cost worth it? All those types of things. We're going to explore everything and if there is something that we feel makes sense, we'll do it. If not, we won't. "
If the Panthers do opt to move their first round pick, it very well could be traded to a team that is targeting a specific player.
The 2014 NHL Draft doesn't have a clear cut first overall pick with NHL Central Scouting deeming Sam Bennett the top North American skater while International Scouting Services and Red Line Report naming Sam Reinhart the best player in the draft class.
There is a general consensus that this draft lacks high-end, polished defenceman and Aaron Ekblad is the best rearguard available this year. If a team is in desperate need of bolstering their defensive corps, they may want to take the Barrie Colts captain with that pick.
If teams want to take a serious run at a certain player, that will drive the asking price up as the draft draws closer.
"It's still a little bit early ... a little over three weeks out," Treliving mused. "Those conversations will intensify with all teams and we'll see where they get to."
The Flames are currently set to pick fourth overall at the NHL Draft.