NHL Rumour Report: Calm before the storm as NHL trade market heats up

Brace yourselves for a very busy couple of weeks.

- Rumours are flying league-wide with the NHL draft and free agency fast approaching. Here are a few quick hits.
- Kris Letang: things seem to be swinging closer to an extension with Pittsburgh, but the clock is ticking. Seattle and Montreal are ready and waiting if he does reach the market.
- Montreal and New Jersey, respective holders of the first and second overall selections in the entry draft, are believed to be discussing a pick swap. The Devils are eager to draft winger Juraj Slafkovsky, and may be willing to offer Montreal a little something to move up to first overall.
- Evgeni Malkin: still a chance of a deal with Pittsburgh, but less optimism than with Letang. The Capitals are believed to be among the teams eyeing their divisional rival's longtime #2 centerman.
- Jack Campbell: Sounds like the Oilers are emerging as a frontrunner. Teams still can't talk to Campbell, but the Toronto netminder is believed to be a good fit and a primary target of Edmonton's. The Devils, Sabres, Avalanche and (perhaps) Leafs could be fits.

-Ville Husso: Still quite early, but it sounds like the Devils and Leafs have the most interest. St Louis will try to keep Husso in town - but he appears eager to get an opportunity as a starter somewhere.

- Quiet but growing rumblings out of San Jose that Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns are available - and could be moved at some point if the right fit emerges.

- Sounds like there is a lot of momentum towards an Alex DeBrincat trade. Reports suggest teams have already made serious offers involving first round picks at this year's draft in Montreal. Could be a deal that happens on draft day.

- Winnipeg aren't going to rush into a Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, but rumblings suggest the Rangers have interest. Dubois is long believed to be interested in a trade to a big market such as New York, and could be willing to commit long term in a sign-and-trade transaction.

- Lots more coming. Trade season is just getting started.

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