We're getting closer to draft time ... and the trade denials are coming in

June, 26, 2009

Rumor Central

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• Rumor Central

MONTREAL -- We're three hours away from the draft. The latest:

• One rumor had Atlanta shopping goalie Kari Lehtonen, but that was firmly denied by a Thrashers source. It wouldn't surprise me if Lehtonen was moved, given that he's a restricted free agent come Wednesday and I'm not sure the Thrashers still believe he's their guy.

• Another rumor that swirled this afternoon was the Dallas Stars' making a pitch for defenseman Tomas Kaberle (who isn't!), but that was also denied by a Maple Leafs source.

• The word from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins, by the way, is they're not looking to peddle anyone today and they likely won't be moving up in the draft. They have the 30th overall pick, the last of the first round.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer




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