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Originally Posted by Lloydchristmas138 View Post
Would you do #8 and #16 for #5 and #35? Would Carolina consider?
That's interesting. I don't think Carolina would consider unless their draft board tells them they'll get the guy they want anyhow. Carolina, to me, will be open to moving the pick but for it to make sense it'll have to help them win now. Upgrading from 35 to 16 in all likelihood isn't going to help them get a player who can help them soon, while downgrading from 8 to 5 decreases that, assuming they've identified a high-end guy who is or is close to NHL-ready.

Other teams will be interested in #5, and I'd expect they'd get NHL-ready help if that's what they sought in return. It makes sense for them. They put a lot of money into J Staal and Semin while already having a lot of money in Ward and E Staal. If they can get the right pieces + progression this offseason they have every reason to believe they can be a playoff team and be a tough out.

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