10. Stars GM Jim Nill went public, laying the groundwork for a potential trade of that third-overall selection. He’s looking for a defenceman that makes a difference. The Ducks can do that. Columbus and Minnesota could too. Winnipeg could if it wished to part with Jacob Trouba, but I think the Jets are going for it, and that doesn’t make sense.
When GM Bob Murray revealed torn labrums will knock out Hampus Lindholm four to five months and Sami Vatanen potentially longer because his is “worse,” the number one question coming from other teams was some variation of, “How much longer is ‘worse?’”
With the expectation that Cam Fowler is working towards an extension, the Ducks have decisions to make. (Very) Informal polling among Murray’s peers indicates most don’t think it will be Lindholm. “A stop sign goes up whenever you ask about him,” one said.
Vatanen doesn't make a lot of sense for the Stars. The team that makes the most sense is the Wild's Brodin or Dumba, if one isn't traded prior to the expansion draft they're going to end up being the Vegas selection, unless the Wild are giving up assets to Vegas so they don't take one. Wild don't have many draft picks as it is.
Trading the 3rd overall for Vatanen, Brodin or Dumba doesn't seem like the right type of move. Maybe can trade Nichushkin and a pick if needed to Vegas for Brodin or Dumba or something to that extent.