NHL Rumor Mill – September 24, 2016
Updates on Kevin Shattenkirk and Nail Yakupov, plus the latest on the Ottawa Senators.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cites TSN’s Ryan Rishaug’s belief the Edmonton Oilers will move on from winger Nail Yakupov if the opportunity arises this season. Rishaug speculates Yakupov could drop down their depth chart if 2016 first-round pick Jesse Puljujarvi wins the second-line job at right wing. He also notes Zack Kassian and Kris Versteeg will be in line for the other two spots.
Staples notes Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli now has sufficient depth to move Yakupov. He also cites insiders, such as Rishaug, to suggest it’s apparent Yakupov is on the outs with Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Chiarelli tried to trade him this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It seems to be only a matter of time until Yakupov is deal this season. The young winger could benefit from a change of scenery. I believe there are teams interested in his potential willing to take him on, but they don’t want to overpay to take that gamble. Depending on how Puljujarvi, Kassian and Versteeg perform this season, Chiarelli could be more willing to move Yakupov, perhaps even setting a lower asking price.
STLTODAY.COM: The Kevin Shattenkirk trade rumors are among Jeremy Rutherford’s 10 questions facing the St. Louis Blues this season. The Blues attempted to trade Shattenkirk this summer but couldn’t find a suitable deal. While the blueliner said he’s pushing aside the speculation, he admits they’ll persist depending upon the club’s position in the standings, injuries or roster needs. If the Blues decide to trade Shattenkirk this season, they’ll have to find a team he’s willing to re-sign with, as he’s eligible this summer for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing new here, but still worth noting. Shattenkirk’s trade status should remain a topic of interest this season for the reasons he cited to Rutherford.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Ottawa Senators haven’t ruled out signing another veteran defenseman. GM Pierre Dorion has had weekly talks with representatives for UFA blueliners Kris Russell and Dennis Seidenberg.