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LeBrun: ‘Extremely Volatile’ Trade Chatter Level

LeBrun: ‘Extremely Volatile’ Trade Chatter Level
Chris Nichols

Pierre LeBrun was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Monday afternoon.

On how this could be a really busy week leading into the draft:

“Yeah, it could be. Certainly there’s a lot of chatter. Sometimes the chatter doesn’t translate into actual transactions, but the level of chatter right now that I’m hearing is extremely volatile. It’s extremely high. We’ll see where it leads.

“One of the reasons why it gathers steam this particular week is because of the draft, is because there are teams that are trading players and want to get either a first or second round pick in return. And so therefore that introduces a trigger element, timing-wise. But Friday’s the first round, Saturday’s the second round, so if we’re doing this deal – let’s go. Otherwise this would just go on all summer, with the chicken dance. But there is a time crunch here for certain trades to get done if teams are able to get what they want.

“And don’t forget, this isn’t just another draft. Getting a late first round pick this year means a lot more than other years, given the depth of this draft. So that’s why there’s a lot of play here.”

Source: TSN 1260/ Transcript: Nichols

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Chris Nichols

Chris has written about both hockey and fantasy hockey for a number of media outlets over the last 14 years, including a combined decade with Sportsnet.ca and ESPN.com. He launched NicholsOnHockey.com in February of 2014. An aversion to wearing socks sparked a move from his hometown of Edmonton to San Diego, California in the mid-'90s, and the Oilers have not won a Cup in his absence.

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