Quite a few lofty rumors being tossed around by some beat reporters lately regarding the 2012 1st overall pick. Odds are that Nail Yakupov will not be traded but it is fun to entertain the idea of a dynamic 20 year old being dangled out there.
Craig McTavish, GM of the Oilers, and Kevin Lowe have been visiting several arenas lately along with a scouting team.
- http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-...-rangers-radarThe Edmonton Oilers had a contingent of team president Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special advisor Mark Messier at Madison Square Garden for Monday night's Rangers game against the Anaheim Ducks, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
With the Oilers mired in last place in the Western Conference, the team could be looking to make some deals.
Linus Omark has also been recalled to rejoin the team today giving them 13 active forwards, and a couple Oiler forwards, most noteably Taylor Hall, are expecting return sometime within the week. Thus calling into question if there is a move that could be made soon.
- http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/201...k-but-why-now/While the recall is welcome news for Omark’s many fans, the timing is more than a little curious. Last week Oilers were missing all four of their top four left wings — Taylor Hall, David Perron, Ryan Smyth, Jesse Joensuu — due to injury, and still Omark remained on the farm while the likes of Nail Yakupov, Ryan Hamilton, and Anton Lander got time on the port side. Last night Smyth returned to action, and Hall and Joensuu are reported to be close to doing the same, perhaps later in the current four-game road trip.
Edmonton currently is seeking Defensive and Goaltending help.
Let the speculation commence.