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Draft: Fertile trading grounds

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 17, 2008 12:44 PM

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The days leading up to the draft have proven to be active on the trade market. Last year, there were two significant moves on the first day of the draft, both involving goalies.

Toronto acquired Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell from San Jose for first- and second-round picks in 2007 and a 2009 fourth-rounder. Florida acquired Tomas Vokoun from Nashville for first- and second-round picks in 2008 and a second-round pick in 2007.

The Bruins kicked the tires on Manny Fernandez in the days prior to last year's draft, setting up the July 1 deal for Petr Kalus and a fourth-round pick in 2009.

This season, because of the scarcity of impact players hitting unrestricted free agency on July 1, there could be more eye-raising trades in Ottawa. Florida, as usual, will be queried about the availability of captain Olli Jokinen, Pittsburgh could deal Ryan Malone and his negotiating rights, and Columbus might be looking for veteran help in exchange for prospects.

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