- Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Jordan Eberle’s name tends to appear in trade talk on blogs/twitter/radio.
“He’s the guy with established value” the argument goes, “he’s the one that could be the centrepiece of the deal that lands us that top pairing defenceman [Oliver Ekman-Larsson or P.K. Subban frequently cited here] or that big #2 centre [ditto Sean Couturier]. Nail Yakupov will/might score more than Ebs in the future, but has lower market value today.”
McCurdy thinks that Eberle will remain with the Oilers.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis doesn’t think the Oilers should trade the third overall pick if Aaron Ekblad and Leon Draisaitl are off the board.
- Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I’m not going 6 years at $6 plus for Callahan. What I’m doing is asking his agent where does he want to go? Give me three teams” … “I then talk to those three teams at the draft and try to get a player for his rights” … “Callahan will get paid, somebody paid Ville Leino a billion dollars to not score. What an embarrassment”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Respectfully to Drouin, if there is a mulligan on last year’s draft Yzerman and Co probably take Seth Jones” … “Do I think Jones would have an impactful change on this series? No I don’t. He’s still a developing player” … “Seth Jones in this [Tampa Bay] lineup moving forward would have made a huge impact“