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Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:01 AM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:09 PM
Watching the Canada/Russia game today, I had a crazy thought: What about trading Yakupov to Columbus for Jenner and a pick? You immediately solve your 2nd line center dilemna and you move Gagner to the wing. You get a real solid mucker that can play in every situation and has a nose for the net besides. Yakupov is highly skilled and is a big name, which Columbus could now use to generate some excitement after Nash leaving. Yakupov will probably have more points in his career, but with Hall, Eberle and RNH, do the Oilers need another player like Yakupov? Sure you can never have too much scoring, but Jenner brings more to the table.
This point has been edited by JR Ewing: 01 January 2013 - 01:10 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:12 PM
I agree on only one thing: it's a crazy thought.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:42 PM
Figured I'd get at least a couple responses like that. What if you broadened it and got Jenner and Murray for Yakupov and other assets, like maybe Marincin and the rights to Omark?
Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:42 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:01 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:59 PM
I'm really not that serious about it, but we needed SOMETHING to talk about. I really like the way Jenner plays, though, and would love to see him take Horcoff's spot at the very least. Of course, most of us would like to see ANYONE take Horcoff's spot.
This point has been edited by JR Ewing: 01 January 2013 - 05:00 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:46 PM
I know where you're coming from, and I definitely would like to see the Oilers find a centre to take Horcoff's place: salary is too high with a reduced cap, and he's not exactly getting younger. However, Jenner is WAY off from doing Horcoff's job of taking a large number of D-zone faceoffs against the toughs.
They need a role player in the prime of his career for that job, and taking on Jenner as his replacement at this stage would be pure folly. I'm sorry, and I'm not trying to shit on you, because I agree that they need a replacement quite soon, but see nothing to indicate Jenner is capable of filling that role, as much as I like what he's done playing against other teenagers.
The only teenagers who take jobs from quality NHL players are kids like Yakupov.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:52 PM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:15 AM
The idea would be when Horcoff's contract is up. However, if the CBA allows a one time amnesty on any contract that doesn't go against the cap, do you think the Oilers buy him out? I think they need to if they want to keep the young guys around.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:30 AM
All talk of dealing away #1 picks aside...
Shawn Horcoff isn't (yet) a bad hockey player, but he does have a bad contract. I can imagine that the Oilers wouldn't mind a way around the cap hit, but this would also be a good chance for this organization to show they've learned a lesson which will have taken about 20 years to learn: don't get rid of players until you have a suitable replacement.
I'm not in love with his cap hit either, but I'm not 100% sure he's going anywhere yet.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:30 AM
Arturs Irbe to Florida is a done deal. Hearing it's for Jonathan Huberdeau and a first round pick.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:44 PM
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