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01-17-2008, 04:23 PM
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I was looking at the same thing and it seems like the '07 pick wasn't exercised and Nashville will have Florida's #2 (or perhaps Tampa's #2 which Florida got for Chris Gratton) in this year's draft. It might have come down to whether or not a player Nashville wanted was available with Florida's #2 or they wanted to roll the dice with a #2 in '08.

Similarly, that was the condition on the Sharks taking the Leafs '07 pick or '08 pick. San Jose saw a player they wanted (Logan Couture) and took Toronto's pick and made a trade with St. Louis to #9. I also think the Leafs had a top 10 protection if the Sharks had opted to wait til '08, so there was a possibility SJ could have had the pick deferred to '09......which in retrospect might have been a fun little gamble.

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