Oilers want 1st and 2nd overall pick … Ballard being traded out west?
  • Bob McKenzie via Twitter: Player most likely traded today could be Florida’s Keith Ballard. Western conference teams showing the most interest.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: “I was told I would get two more last night,” Burke said. “I expect them today. I would say at this point it’s unlikely he is going anywhere today.” “He” of course being Kaberle.  Tampa Bay might be interested in Tim Thomas but they couldn’t take on his contract unless they shed some salary.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Bruins and Oilers have talked several times today. Edmonton has been trying to get the 2nd pick from Boston. “But he inquired about trading for the second pick and I have to give him credit. He’s been really persistent in trying to get that pick. But I told him, as I’ve been telling everyone else, that I’m not moving the second pick.”