Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers
I’ve consistently been averse to the idea of the Oilers trading Taylor Hall. That is still my position. But to check that conviction it’s best to look at it from the other side: What if it really is best for the Oilers to move Hall, as a vocal faction of Edmonton fans insist is the case?
Maroon is under contract for two more seasons at $1.5 million annually, thanks to Anaheim’s agreement to retain $500,000 each year. While Maroon’s play and contract make him safe, the same can’t be said of Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, the two most at risk of being moved for blue-line reinforcements.
“I think you can say that about Nail Yakupov in Edmonton as well. Look, Peter Chiarelli is the guy who told me that Nail Yakupov was in play. His agent – one of them, anyway – Ian Pulver – would have been fine with Nail Yakupov getting a fresh start somewhere else.
“So all of the after nonsense of ‘Was this guy really on the block,’ or ‘Was that guy really on the block.’ I mean, there were no promises of players being traded, but these general managers were most definitely willing to consider those moves.
Told, as of this hour, the Oilers are close to absolutely nothing. #NHLTrade
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 29, 2016
Hearing a name I thought I would have heard a lot more often past few days but have not…. until today. Jordan Eberle this is interesting!
— Brian Lawton (@brianlawton9) February 28, 2016
Told Yakupov would welcome change of scenery. Montreal and Winnipeg among teams in mix for him. https://t.co/BoXZwKydYf
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 29, 2016
What’s the likelihood that Nail Yakupov gets traded before the trade deadline? Ryan Rishaug discusses what the Oilers expect in return for him and weighs in on who deserves the blame on Justin Schultz’s failure in Edmonton.
If Schultz and Purcell aren"t playing both getting traded. Purcell to LA or Florida. Schultz? Who knows? Tough night for Tychkowski on gm
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) February 26, 2016
Are the Edmonton Oilers shopping one of their former first overall picks? What is the market like for Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd? Could the Rangers land Eric Staal? The Insiders have the latest on these and more
Eight sleeps to the Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline and here’s a thought. With the Oilers now 30th, what could you get for the Oilers first round — potentially No. 1 overall — draft choice between now and the actual lottery draft?
I love Yakupov asguy. Works his butt off, rink rat, cares. But, I'm tired of people saying Oil coaches should play him with better players.
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) February 17, 2016
Nothing imminent as far as I can tell, but the clock is ticking on Justin Schultz in Edmonton. Like Cowen with Ottawa, it is time for both the player and organization. A deal will happen, it’s just a question of when.
On Justin Schultz being a front-burner issue for the Oilers:
“Yep. There’s no question they would like to move him.
“But again – I’m not saying he won’t get moved, because one thing about skating defensemen in the National Hockey League is even if they perform as inconsistently, or at times as poorly, as Justin Schultz has over the course of his time in Edmonton, there’s always some team out there that says, ‘Yeah, you know what? We’ll fix this guy.’ Because people look at him and he continues to look like he’s got the tools.