Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Roadtrip to Tampa for Tavares, Hedman and Duchene

After getting to meet the SCF players and watching the game tonight in Pittsburgh, Tavares, Hedman and Duchene will travel to Tampa tomorrow to meet with the Lightning. They will meet with the management, get a tour of the Times Forum and Tampa, and do some fitness testing with the strength coach. This will also be a media day for the current top 3 draft picks.

Tavares, Hedman and Duchene have already met with the Islanders, though GM Garth Snow has not give any indication as to who he's going to pick.

From the Globe and Mail of what went on :

Koules said he sat next to “Burkie [Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke] for three hours and he never said anything me.”

Really? Brian Burke went three hours without speaking?

“He talked the whole time,” answered Koules, “but not about that [moving up in the entry draft].”

Koules did mention that the Lightning would be happy with any one of the top seven or eight players available in the 2009 entry draft, which suggests that they will not completely rule out a deal with Toronto, given that they are drafting at No. 2 and the Leafs select seventh overall.

Interesting things to be said by Oren don't you think? Or maybe he is just getting better at creating press just to talk about himself, maybe that's what he and Burke talked about...

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