NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2016
Oilers trade Nail Yakupov to St. Louis and sign Kris Russell. Details and more in your NHL morning headlines.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/STLTODAY.COM: The Edmonton Oilers traded right wing Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for minor-league winger Zach Pochiro and a conditional draft pick in 2007. It’s a third-round pick but could turn into a second rounder if Yakupov nets 15 or more goals this season with the Blues.
The Oilers also signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Kris Russell to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move could be a good opportunity for the 23-year-old to get his NHL career back on track. Selected first overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, Yakupov struggled to play up to lofty expectations.
The Oilers had reportedly spoken to other clubs about Yakupov, but the Blues were willing to take on his full $2.5 million cap hit for this season. The return isn’t much, but at this stage in Yakupov’s career, his trade value wasn’t high. Getting him off the roster and his salary off the books was of more importance for the Oilers.
Acquiring Yakupov is an affordable short-term gamble for the Blues. If he doesn’t pan out, they can expose him in the expansion draft or let him walk as a UFA in July.
Russell has his critics, but he will bring experienced depth to an Oilers blueline lacking those qualities. Like Yakupov with the Blues, Russell is an affordable short-term gamble the Oilers can simply cut loose next summer if he doesn’t work out.
CSN BAY AREA: Contract extension talks have reportedly started between the San Jose Sharks and top defenseman Brent Burns, who’s eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings could start the season without top defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who has lingering pain in his left knee.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER’s Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner cleared waivers yesterday and remains with the team.
NEWSDAY: The New York Rangers placed forwards Tanner Glass and Nathan Gerbe on waivers Friday.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is sidelined four-five weeks with a knee injury.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward will miss the club’s final two preseason games with a lower-body injury. He’s expected to return to the lineup in time for their regular-season opener.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is listed as day-to-day with a “middle-body injury”.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy will miss the next three-four weeks with a lower-body injury.
NBC SPORTS: The St. Louis Blues released defenseman Mike Weber from his professional tryout contract.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau and his wife wound up with damaged belongings and stolen valuables during their move to Minnesota this summer.
YAHOO SPORTS: The NHL must decide by Jan. 15, 2017 if they’ll participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.