On a recent edition of Prime Time Sports, Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon suggested that not only is his team willing to listen to offers on the first overall pick, but they are actually actively shopping the pick around the league.
Florida GM Dale Tallon told PTS he is actively shopping the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NHL draft. Not just accepting offers – shopping it.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 2, 2014
The Panthers have a number of quality prospects and young players in their organization and are likely looking for the type of player that can help them win now. Cue the Jason Spezza speculation. While I’m sure Murray would prefer not to move Spezza to a division rival, in the end he’s going to have to take the best offer. And a package that includes the top pick in the draft would certainly get Murray’s attention.
Now obviously there are a few issues to consider with this option the most obvious being, would Spezza consider Florida as a team he’d be willing to go to and would the Panthers be willing to pay such a high price to acquire his services.
It’s going to be a long summer of speculation surrounding the Ottawa Senators Captain but you can go ahead and add the Florida Panthers as a potential trade option for Murray to consider this summer. Florida joins a list that already includes St. Louis, Nashville and Colorado for sure.
The more teams interested in his services the better as this point.