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The NHL trade market is really coming to life with last night's trade of Jeff Carter to Los Angeles, and then this bombshell dropped by Darren Dreger of TSN:

I wrote about Brown just the other day in a purely speculative fashion, because we hadn't heard about the Kings dangling their captain on the trade market previously, but he would make a great fit for the Preds. What would you be willing to part with in exchange for a 27-year-old winger who scores, plays physically, draws penalties better than anyone in the NHL, and is signed for two more seasons at a very reasonable $3.5 million?

Let's start the bidding, then (admittedly I have no clue what L.A. would be looking for). I'd be willing to part with Blum & Halischuk, for starters.

Chime in with your thoughts in the comments, after reading this morning's hockey notes...

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