Updates on Trouba, Yakupov and Gaudreau – October 5, 2016
Check out the latest speculation on Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau.
TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: Appearing on TSN 1040, Darren Dreger elaborated on his report last week claiming one of the offers the Winnipeg Jets received this summer for disgruntled defenseman Jacob Trouba came from the Detroit Red Wings. He said that it involved two higher-level forwards, who Wings general manager Ken Holland wasn’t able or willing to move.
Dreger said he knows Holland has had conversations with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and is willing to make a deal for just about anyone except forward Dylan Larkin. However, there doesn’t seem to be anyone in the Wings organization that’s a fit right now for Cheveldayoff, who will remain patient and wait for the right return or a possible change of heart by Trouba, who requested a trade nearly two weeks ago.
It doesn’t sound as though one of the Wings defensemen in a package deal is a fit for the Jets. “Doesn’t sound like it”, said Dreger. “Danny DeKeyser is a pretty good hockey player. I would have thought him and geez – if you have to throw someone else in, I guess you try and sweeten it.”
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes Trouba can help the Boston Bruins defense corps, but wonders if he’s worth the cost. He notes the Bruins have a left-handed blueliner in Torey Krug to offer up, but he doubts the Jets “will trade a 6-foot-1, 200-pound former top-10 pick for a 5-foot-9, 181-pound D-man, who would likely be a power-play/third-pairing defenseman on a playoff-caliber team.”
Haggerty suggests the Bruins might have to add a sweetener,noting names such as Frank Vatrano and David Pastrnak were mentioned this summer by other teams in trades for top-four puck-moving blueliners. He also speculates the cost of re-signing Trouba could be comparable to the six-year, $32.4 million contract signed this summer by Seth Jones of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Haggerty feels if there’s a chance the Bruins can land Trouba without giving up Pastrnak, they should do it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Right now, Jets GM Cheveldayoff, Trouba and the teams interested in the blueliner are playing the waiting game. Cheveldayoff waits for the right offer or for Trouba to change his mind about requesting a trade. Trouba, of course, waits in hope he will be moved soon. Those GMs interested in Trouba wait in hope Cheveldayoff gets desperate enough to seek something other than a top-four left-handed defenseman as a return. Hanging over this is the Dec. 1 deadline for re-signing restricted free agents such as Trouba. This standoff could go right up to that date before there’s a resolution.
EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson believes right wing Nail Yakupov will make the Oilers roster for the upcoming season, but he’ll likely start the campaign in the press box, which won’t help his trade value. Matheson feels Yakupov needs a change of scenery, as he doesn’t get enough done to suit Oilers coach Todd McLellan. “Let’s face it, the train’s out of the station with Yakupov just as it was with defenceman Justin Schultz as the season wore on last year; he needs out.”
TSN 1260 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger reports there’s a weak trade market for Yakupov. He said Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli tried to move the winger leading up to last season’s trade deadline and probably tried again at the NHL Draft in June. He said the Oilers want a draft pick in return, adding they’re not seeking a first or second rounder. At one point, they sought a third, but it’s probably not even that anymore. Still, Dreger suggests the market could change as the season goes along.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there was a decent market for Yakupov, the Oilers would’ve found a trade partner by now. Maybe by midseason, when half of his $2.75 million cap salary has been paid out by the Oilers, there could be more interest in Yakupov. And maybe, like Schultz last year, he’ll end up with a team where he’ll be a good fit.
TSN 1050 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Dreger also weighed in on the Calgary Flames contract negotiations with left wing Johnny Gaudreau. With the start of the regular season closing in (Oct. 12), he speculates a deal could be happen within days. He feels it could be a lengthy contract extension worth $7 million-plus.