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June 3, 2013 | 1:35pm ET
Nashville shopping #4 pick?
TheFourthPeriod.com

In the past few days, multiple NHL teams with top-five picks in the upcoming NHL Draft have suggested that they are keeping their options open.

Last week, Patrick Roy, the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche, said that the team would explore dealing the No. 1 pick.

Just days later, GM of the Florida Panthers, Dale Tallon, indicated that for the right price, they might trade their second-overall selection.

Now, following suit, the Nashville Predators have said that they too are willing to listen to offers.

"We've already had people inquire with us about it and vice-versa," Preds assistant general manager Paul Fenton told The Tennessean. "We'll talk about whatever position that can improve us for the whole big picture of things."

However, just because Nashville is open to entertaining offers doesn't mean they are planning to make any moves.

"In order to move up to that position," Fenton said. "You're going to have to make an offer that you can't refuse."

Nashville is smart to be cautious. During the 2013 Scouting Combine, Nashville met with the draft's top five players, defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichushkin.

"They are all tremendous kids. They are focused, they know what their job is, if you will, going forward here," Fenton told the paper. "They focus in on what the positive attributes they have are and they work on the weaknesses they have. That all portrays out that they'll all be stars in the league at some points."

If they keep their No. 4 spot, Nashville is likely to pick one of those five players. Nonetheless, we will have to wait until the June 30 draft in Newark, New Jersey to see what exactly the Predators plan on doing.


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