By John Vogl
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Dale Tallon isn't actively shopping the second overall pick in the NHL draft. He's open to offers, though.
"We’re in good position," the Florida Panthers' general manager said this morning at the NHL scouting combine. "We’ll take advantage of it."
The Panthers had the worst record in the league but lost the draft lottery to Colorado, which will pick first. Colorado has tossed around the idea of shopping the No. 1 selection, and Tallon has had a few short chats about dealing the second pick.
"You see what they’re willing to pay, and that’s the fun part of the job," Tallon said. "I’ve had a couple of mild conversations here and there this week, ‘Are you going to move the pick?’ Make me an offer. That’s the way it goes. You start the process early, and you work it all the way through till the five minutes before you make the pick, maybe a minute before the pick.
"Colorado’s in the driver’s seat right there, and we know we’re going to get a hell of a player at two or three or four. It’s a deep draft. We’ve already drawn a line in the sand. We’ve gone through every process and every situation with our staff already this week, and we’ll continue to rehash this throughout the month of June. We’ll be ready for any and every situation on June 30."
Tallon has mixed thoughts on the combine. The first four days centered on interviews, while today and Saturday feature fitness testing. The strength workouts don't mean much to him.
"The puck doesn't weigh that much," said Tallon, who praised the interview process. "This is the best I've seen. The personalities in this draft, it was a great four days of interviews."
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