More Oilers Speculation – April 17, 2013.

Could new Oilers GM Craig MacTavish shop one of his young stars this summer? Read on for the latest.

Could Sam Gagner & Nail Yakupov become trade candidates this summer?

Could Sam Gagner & Nail Yakupov become trade candidates this summer?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz are “untouchable”, but floated the notion of new Oilers GM Craig MacTavish shopping either Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov if they could land a top-two defenseman like Nashville’s Shea Weber. Matheson acknowledged the Predators would be reluctant to move a franchise player like Weber, but feels he’s among the most marketable players in the league, despite his hefty 14-year, $110 million contract. Weber lacks a no-trade clause, but he cannot be moved until a full calendar year from the date the Predators matched the Flyers offer sheet (July 24). He also suggests pending RFA center Sam Gagner might make a good trade asset.

John MacKinnon, meanwhile, speculated players like Ladislav Smid or Magnus Paajarvi might be shopped before Gagner or Yakupov.

TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek believes MacTavish should deal for experienced, gritty, complimentary players (as “MacT” was in his playing days, especially with the 1994 NY Rangers) who can act as calming influences on the Oilers young stars. Duhatschek recommends MacTavish follow the blueliner of Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero.

CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman suggests we prepare for another round of Ales Hemsky rumors, and also speculates over the possibility of Gagner and Yakupov becoming trade candidates. Regarding Gagner, he feels the Oilers want to re-sign him, but he’s one year out from UFA status, which gives him leverage over management. As for Yakupov, Friedman feels the Oilers could listen to a massive offer… In other rumors, if the Flyers buy out Danny Briere, would the Sabres bring him back to Buffalo?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Predators GM David Poile recently dismissed speculation Weber or Pekka Rinne are available, insisting his intention is to build around the duo.

Perhaps MacTavish should the Phoenix Coyotes about defenseman Keith Yandle? The asking price is reportedly steep (two first line forwards, one of which must be a center), but he could be just what the Oilers need on their blueline. Though I know the Oilers want to re-sign Gagner, his contract status could make things dicey. Maybe Gagner packaged with Yakupov for a top-two defenseman and a checking line center? If MacTavish wants to make a bold move, packaging those two for a big return would certainly do it.

I could see Paajarvi being shopped, but it would be a big mistake trading Smid, who’s among the league leaders in hits and blocked shots this season. Hemsky could be shopped, but I believe the Oilers would have to pick up part of his $5 million salary for next season. 


  1. He shouldn’t be trading any young talent. He has to buyout Horcoff and trade Hemsky, though. Try to trade Paajarvi as well. Let go of Whitney as he will want to test the market and get an overpayment. Get some quality vets.

    • Dude, MacT and Lowe have to do something Ballsie or lose their jobs. Tambellini was the conservative one, who wouldnt trade any young talent, the team missed the playoffs again, and he’s fired. MacT’s whole mandate is to make, “bold” moves and bring the oil into the promised land. He has to trade big or go home. Yakupov and Gagne to Pho for Yandle and a 3rd line C as suggested is that type of move.

      Horcoff, Hemsky while good players, are not core, and are relics of the past. Likewise all the players mentioned in yesterday’s post. Those are all Tambellini moves/management, and got him fired.

      MacT and Lowe wont continue to follow that conservative strategy…

      • I think it was backchecking who suggested Toronto try to get Yandle and hanzal, it would sound like Edmonton has the pieces and motivation to get a deal like that done.

        • The Coyotes will not move Hanzal!
          GM Don Maloney does not trust Russians that may leave for the KHL!
          Gagner is not a #1 center and is a RFA and close to UFA status, that would not be attractive in trading away Yandle, who is signed for 3 more years. The Coyotes will have interest in the Oil’s #1, depending who is available at that pick.

      • I’d give Maloney an award for smartest man on the earth if he pulls a deal like that with Yandle.

        Bold moves? Sure….but for the sake of just doing one? No.

  2. Why would Nashville trade a Top 3 D man in his prime at Age 27 , for a potential 50 point scorer who is generally unproven ?

  3. Potential 50 point scorer. Pro-rated Yakupov is having a 50 pt season right now, while Gagner is a PPG player so there will be a ton of interest if either player is available. I see more of a blockbuster type deal between the Oilers and the Sabres. The Oilers would love to have young Foligno in their top 6 and Ott to center their 3rd/4th line and add leadership. The Oilers obviously have enough scoring talent to entice Buffalo to consider making moves. I also dont see the Oilers moving any of the kids. Gagner and Hemsky will be the first two to be moved, for financial and age reasons though Gagner is still young.

  4. The Jets and Oilers seem to be perfect candidates to talk trade. The Jets have an abundance of good young defenceman and the Oilers have an abundance of good young forwards. Byfuglien for Eberle? Hmmmm…..

    • I think ebs for byfuglein would be a good trade, he could also bring leadership to this young team

  5. The oilers have great young offensive talent but they need a strong defensive core and also dubnyk is a good goalie and all but not a starter the oil need a good starting goalie who can make shutdown saves, they should also hire lindy Ruff to help coach