NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2016

by | Oct 8, 2016 | News, NHL | 10 comments

The Edmonton Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues.

The Edmonton Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues.

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. 


  1. Lyle.

    Nothing major just a few points. Nothing of consequence.

    Edm has bags of cap space, 8.9 after signing Russell so getting Yakupov off the books for cap reasons wasn’t even remotely an issue, they will also get relief on Ference when put on LTIR giving them over 12 mil in cap space to flush out 2 roster spots according to Capfriendly.

    With 2 roster spots yet to fill Puljujarvi, Oesterle or possibly Verbeek if signed, depending upon if Edm carries 13F, 7D & 2G’s or the more standard 13F, 8D & 2G’s. Caggula apparently is an option as well but waiver issues will come into play to get NHL 23 man roster compliant. Regardless EDM appears set to ice a team with 1 of the lowest cap hits in the NHL this season & be significantly better.

    Yakupov isn’t a UFA come July 1 but an RFA. Just 23 on October 6th, he won’t be a UFA for 4 more years.

    • Sorry 1st option should read 14F

    • First of all, the Oilers wanted Yakupov’s full salary off their books, which is why he got shipped to the Blues and not the Blackhawks. They wanted him off their roster and all his salary off their books. Period. Second, if he doesn’t pan out with the Blues, they won’t qualify his rights and he becomes a UFA.

      • I would have loved to see him in Pittsburgh with Malkin….we had all summer to get him…..now he will be with Tarasenko look for 15 + goals for Yakupov…Damn

        he would have been a perfect fit in coach Mike SULLIVANS SYSTEM SPEED SPEED SPEED.

    • Striker:
      I’ve said this before about Edm capspace but seems as though this is a none issue for most?
      They could be on the hook for a whopping 8,5m$ in bonuses by the end of the year – pushing that to next seasons cap. Doing so in this and next year would be brutal for their cap when they need to resign a couple of good players: Draisaitl and McDavid.

  2. So much for Russell getting $4 mil up. I wouldn’t have given him $3.1 but when a team is desperate to shore up a leaky D I suppose it’s a decent move for 1 year. Then again, where does he play? Top 4? 5/6?

    • Where does any of the oilers D play. We assume guys like Larson will be top 2, Sekera to 4 like, Nurse and Klefbom in the mix but when all said and done this is a D in Flux and their efforts and production will determine their minutes.

  3. It be great to see if Yak can find his game. Better then nothing I guess.

  4. It’s nice the oilers moved him to a spot where he has a good chance to salvage anything of a NHL career. They could of tried playing him with McDavid or else where and hoped his trade value increased. Yet for Yakupov sake he needed a fresh start.

  5. At last, the Blues have found a replacement for Chris Stewart–in more ways than one.