Boy was the Oilogosphere in a state last night after the news of Justin Schultz and Teddy Purcell being scratched not to mention that Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin and his gaggle of scouts being in attendance in Los Angeles. Well I’ve got a couple of juicy rumours to throw your way that were passed on to me before the game. You might’ve noticed me shooting them out on Twitter yesterday to see how they would be taken.
Nail Yakupov and Mark Fayne to the Canadiens for Alexei Emelin, Lars Eller, and Noah Juulsen
I had some Habs fans tweet back at me that they thought a D prospect would be too much to add here and possibly a 3rd rounder would be more fair. Also, the money evens out. The entity that passed the word on to me said that the Habs are going to make a push for the playoffs and with the injuries to Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert, Mark Fayne would be a perfect substitute. Big able-bodied dman that doesn’t use his body much and is an Oiler… Perfect I’d say.
As for Yak, did you see the way he was flying around the rink last night? It’s as if someone told him he’d better have a good game or else he wouldn’t be reunited with his best friend, Habs winger Alex Galchenyuk.
I think if this deal were completed it would mark the end of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as Lars Eller would surely be his replacement but it would also allow the team to get a bit tougher on the back-end with Emelin. I’m not sold on him as actually being a good dman but he’s definitely the type that doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff.
Juulsen is the Habs top prospect I’d say and could definitely be of use in the future if the team walks away from Martin Gernat and/or David Musil this summer. He’s also a right-handed shooter, something the Oilers are in desperate need of in the pros and in their prospect cupboard. Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about him:
All-in-all, an impactful presence on the ice that strives to be difficult to play against; given how hard he works and how smart he is with the puck, he can be a very difficult player to read with and without the puck
Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz, and a 2nd round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jonathan Drouin and Anthony DeAngelo.
I think this one is a bit harder as the Lightning are pretty tight to the cap. If you look at it on paper, it could be a very even deal. Personally I think the team has enough skill on the roster and I’d probably be inclined to flip Drouin to another team who might have a defenseman or a young power forward, say Columbus for example. They’re looking for skill now and why not see if they’d part with Boone Jenner?
Teddy Purcell to the Panthers for Brandon Pirri
I have to be honest. I don’t know a whole lot about Brandon Pirri but from what I’ve heard, he’s a shooter and the Oilers need more of those. Especially if there’s a possibility that they could move Hall (probably not), Eberle (probably), and Yakupov (most likely).
Teddy has had a pretty good run here with Edmonton but I’m indifferent on him. I knew he would go through long stretches where he wouldn’t do anything. With that said, he seemed to click with Draisaitl and Hall. We’ll see how much we miss him down the road here after watching Zack Kassian fill his spot on Hall’s line.
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