Morning Rumors: Sather, Penguins, Kesler, Nieuwendyk, Malone, Murray, Yakupov, Vanek and Naslund


  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson has heard the 70-year old Glen Sather could be considering retiring as the Rangers GM.Trading Derrick Pouliot in a package for Ryan Kesler always seemed like a reach. Simon Despres made more sense. His confidence is shaken in Pittsburgh.

    Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t sure if he wants to move his young family from Dallas to Calgary to take the GM post.

    Matheson thinks the Lightning will buy out Ryan Malone after the season. He has a $2.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit.

    Blue Jackets Ryan Murray tore his meniscus, which would keep him out for five weeks. He could return during a first round series.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders what the Oilers will do with Nail Yakupov. Do they see what they can get for Yakupov at the draft? Would the Sabres consider moving their first or possibly the Islanders first?
  • John Hoven: Farhan Lalji of TSN said that Ryan Kesler had only five teams that he was willing to go to.
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on deciding not to re-sign with the Sabres: “I just asked what direction this team was going in. No one really had an answer.”
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on playing for three teams this year: “It was different, exciting, weird, all at the same time.”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Markus Naslund resigned from his GM post with MODO. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said on the Team 1040 that he would reach out to Naslund, but Naslund said not to jump to conclusions.

    “This has nothing to do with anything in North America,” he said. “This is a decision made here a little over a month ago, that I was not going to sign another deal. I’m ready to do something different.

    “I can see why there is speculation. But there is nothing to the rumours.”

    On if he’d be interested if Gillis called about joining the Canucks front office.

    “I don’t know at this point,” he said. “I had a couple of inquiries a year ago or so, but it made no sense for me or us as a family. I’m going to take some time…and see what I’d like to do. I’m not ruling out anything. I didn’t take the job with MoDo with the NHL in mind. That was to help out an organization that was in rough shape.”

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  1. #1 by PatHoffman at March 17th, 2014

    I hope the Sabres don’t trade for Yakupov. He has the skill but not the maturity just yet.

  2. #2 by Canucks fan at March 17th, 2014

    buffalo is in need of a high skilled forward and itill give yak time t to develop. also ted Nolan could be great for him and with zadorov and grigorenko already there he’ll have the motivation to succeed.

  3. #3 by hotwings at March 17th, 2014

    Buff needs a high skilled forward? Buff needs everything… they are rebuilding…

    Yak is a right off… trade him to the Islanders so he can run wild with his skill and avoid improving his defensive game…

  4. #4 by Canucks fan at March 17th, 2014

    they don’t need bottom 6 players.. they need elite TALENT to dvelop into top line players. Who are you speakingof on the island? Tavares looks good defensively also strome cizikas decent.. buffalo in my eyes is a perfect situation for yak, there or Washington so ovie can whip him into shape

  5. #5 by hotwings at March 17th, 2014

    why rebuild with rotten wood?

    Oilers have been notorious for overvaluing their players — what would they expect back? a Buffalo 1st rounder? Grigo and a 2nd? No thanks…

    Yak to the Island because they are dysfunctional — 2 peas in a pod. makes sense. Isles would also likely give up the Oilers price.

  6. #6 by PatHoffman at March 17th, 2014

    Yes the Sabres need scoring but I’d like to see them go after a center with size and move Ennis to the wing. Wouldn’t mind Murray calling Colorado to inquire about O’Reilly or Stastny, just to see what’s available.

  7. #7 by Canucks fan at March 17th, 2014

    Rotten wood? Really? One season on the second worst team in the league with a -30 rating and limited points due to limited playing time due to terrible defensive responsibility and he’s rotten wood? Did you forget who LED the oilers in GOALS in his rookie season? Plus the Islanders aren’t in need of yak.

    To Buffalo; Nail Yakupov 2nd round pick
    To Edmonton; Tyler Myers

    Buffalo gets their top line talent and can then draft Ekblad with the first overall pick. Edmonton gets their D man, cuts ties with Yak and can now draft Draisitl or move down to grab Hadyn Fleury or Roland Mckeown

  8. #8 by hotwings at March 17th, 2014

    add to his -30 his horrible attitude, his immaturity and the KHL factor… yes, rotten wood… this is a player that needs a change of scenery and who may not pan out due to his personality and view of hockey…

    the Islanders are insane enough to make a deal for Yak. They have shipped out Moulson (sniper) in a deal for another sniper (Vanek)… and now Vanek is gone… so yes, the Islanders are clearly in play if the Oilers plan on shipping out Yak (sniper).

    And there is no way buffalo would make that deal you are suggesting

  9. #9 by Chris at March 18th, 2014

    If Edmonton want Tyler Myers then the deal starts with Eberle. Yakupov may be good someday. He may not be good someday. He may return to Russia to play in the KHL if his next contract offer isn’t huge (which it won’t be at this point). Tyler Myers is a 6’7 d man with skill and grit who has proven that he can perform at a high level in the reg season and playoffs. This is his first really bad season since winning the Calder while Yakupov hasn’t yet to prove he is a top line player. He can’t crack the top line of the 2nd worst team in the NHL? Just because he was a 1st overall does t mean his value is high. Alexandre Daigle, Patrick Stefan, Erik Johnson were all highly touted and all ended up being average. Yak might not be a bust but at this point he’s far worse than former 1st overalls like Crosby and Stamkos were at the end of their 2nd seasons. Lesser picks like Galchenyuk, Rielly an Maara and last year’s later picks like McKinnon, Jones and Monahan are all superior to Yakupov right now.

  10. #10 by Canucks fan at March 18th, 2014

    If you watch the guy play you can tell he is going to be a top 6 forward. Im sorry but guys with that speed and shot don’t come around often. You can teach defense and maturity will come. Myers is the only guy Edmonton wants and Buffalo ultimately gets a better defenseman in Ekblad

  11. #11 by francois cote at March 18th, 2014

    how is that a good trade for buffalo a young kid whose confidence is shaken …..or 2 kids playing their best hockey and top talent high in the draft NO WAY BUFFALO MAKES THIS TRADE THEY WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH REINHART–THE GERMAN KID–OR BENNETT
    BUFFALO IS NOT THAT DUMB YAKS WOULD HAVE TO BE PACKAGED,, NOT BUFFALO PACKAGING BUT RECEIVING A PACKAGE…..LOL UNREALISTIC DREAMERS

  12. #12 by Chris at March 18th, 2014

    I have watched him play. At the NHL level he’s average at best. 24 points in 63 games? While those stats could change the problem will come next year. What do you think Yakupov will do after next year when Dynamo Moscow or some other KHL team offers him 10 million dollars? Are the Oilers going to match that? That would be stupid for their whole cap situation. It would be no different in Buffalo. THe KHL factor is a HUGE part of why Yakupov’s stock is low.

    He might just be a top 6 forward someday. He might have good speed and a good shot (though neither have provent to be elite at the NHL level). But 6’7 d men who can skate, hit and score are more rare than a small speedy forward with skill.

    You say that Myers is the only guy that Edmonton wants out of Buffalo. Now flip that around. Who do you think Buffalo wants out of Edmonton? Nobody wants Gagner or Yakupov to build their team around; they want Eberle, Hall or RNH.

    I guarantee you that if Tyler Myers becomes available that Buffalo will get far more than a middling prospect like Yakupov and a 2nd round pick.

    When the Sabres draft Ekblad (assuming they have the 1st overall pick) they’ll have Myers, Ekblad, Ristolainen and Zadorov. That has the potential to be one of the best blue lines in the NHL but what it really does is give Tim Murray depth at a position that is hard to find top players in so he could move one of those players out, plus one of the many 1st or 2nd round picks he’s accumulated, for a legitimate top line player instead of some guy who may or may not be a top line player someday.

    Buffalo have done an outstanding job of getting good prospects at all positions; up front they have the likes of Grigorenko, Armia, Girgensons (who only has 2 less points than Yakupov) etc. waiting in the wings along with younger players on the roster like Hodgeson, Myers, Ennis, and Foligno.

    The point is that Buffalo don’t need to trade a good player for potential because they have lots of it and more coming with the multiple 1st and 2nd round picks they have in the 2014 and 2015 drafts. If they are going to move a key player it’s going to be a for a proven commodity like Eberle. If the Oilers don’t offere up Eberle or RNH or something like that, they don’t get Myers. End of story.

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