Rangers interested in Oilers phenom Yakupov?

Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.

Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

It is unclear whether the organization would have (or be willing to part with) the necessary assets to match Edmonton’s needs and acquire the extremely talented Yakupov, who led the Oilers with 17 goals a year ago, but has just one goal and two assists in 13 games after being scratched twice in the early season.

The emergence of Chris Kreider and return to the lineup of Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan have forestalled the immediate need to rush into a deal for a top-six winger, but general manager Glen Sather has been known to gamble on talent.

The Blueshirts are likely one of the few teams in the NHL apt to even consider trading for the skilled but finicky 20-year-old Russian, whom many in the industry believe is difficult to coach and liable to bolt for the KHL, an international league based in Russia.


5 Responses to Rangers interested in Oilers phenom Yakupov?

  1. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Too funny…I was just about to suggest a trade that would involve NYR and EDM for Yakapov.lol

    The improbable 3-way deal that would help each team listed below. NYR needs a true sniper, EDM needs experience and size, TOR needs depth…especially down the middle right now.

    To NYR
    Yakapov, Percy

    To Edmomton
    Girardi, Kreider, Kulimen, Pyatt, T.J. Brennan

    To Toronto
    Boyle, Petry

  2. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    What about Buffalo for Yakupov?

    Something like

    To Edmonton
    Myers, Ott, Enroth

    To Buffalo
    Yakupov, Labarbera

    Buffalo has a lot of young talented defenceman and maybe moving Myers to get Yakapov and add him to Hodgson, Grigorenko, Girgensons, Foligno, Moulson might be worth it. Labarbera is just a contract take back.

    Edmonton gets defence help they need, grit up front and an upgrade in goal. They could now deal J. Schultz for more help upfront if they choose.

    • doorman says:

      Buffalo isn’t trading Enroth without Miller resigning, IMO. They’re not going to be a goalie destination of choice in the UFA market, unless they are gonna swing a trade for a different netminder this deal I don’t think happens.

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