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NHL Rumors IV: The Stars and Oilers

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars put Aaron Rome on unconditional waivers for the purpose of using the first of their compliance buyouts. Rome had a year left on his contract and was scheduled to make $1.6 million. Instead, he’ll receive $528,000 in each of the next two seasons.

    “We’re not a cap team or a floor team, so it wasn’t necessary to do it this way,” said Stars GM Jim Nil. “We just decided to take this path.”

    “We have a lot of young defensemen who are making a good push and we need to create room for them,” Nill said of the Rome decision.

    The Stars won’t use their last compliance buyout, despite the talk that they could use it on Erik Cole (one year at $4 million) or Sergei Gonchar (one year at $5 million).

    GM Jim Nill said that they made an offer to center Vern Fiddler, but it was rejected. Fiddler will test the open market. They won’t be making offers to Ray Whitney or Tim Thomas.

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could be busy this offseason.

    “I’d like to add four or five players — one or two through trades and two or three unrestricted free agents,” said MacTavish.

    They would like to make some trades before free agency starts.

    “The managers meeting at the final really gets everybody talking a little bit more. This week will be a busy week for everybody to see what the fits are out there.

    “This year there are not so many top free agents available. The guys who would normally be secondary targets are now the primary targets. It’s a good year to be a UFA.”

    They are in a good salary cap position, and will be looking for puck-moving and a defensive defenseman.

    “We need help on defence. We’re looking for a puck-moving defenceman, a guy who can carry the puck north and continue into open ice.”

    “We also need a defending defenceman. We’re not going to compromise our young prospects on defence,” he said of forcing the likes of Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, etc. into the line-up until they are ready.”

    Core players in Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz won’t be going anywhere. The Oilers won’t be using their compliance buyouts.

13 Comments

  1. Matt

    June 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    So the Oilers want the moon defensively but don’t want to give up anything to get it?

    That’s cool. Keep that young core together that has brought them top 5 draft picks year in and year out. That should continue to work for them.

  2. Matt

    June 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’m sure Edmonton’s lack of playoffs is just the thing to lure a big free agent signing to fix their defense.

  3. Antonio

    June 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Edmonton has the money so they can overpay at least and maybe get a top UFA defense-man like Niskanen. But I agree that they are ridiculous in expecting to attain core players for nothing through trading.

  4. Alex

    June 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Personally I would move RNH. The talent is there but I don’t know if hes really a dominant #1 center that can’t be replaced. He clearly has great value.

  5. KC

    June 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Edmonton trades Darnell Nurse, Nail Yakupov and the 3rd overall pick in 2014 draft to Philadelphia for Braydon Coburn, Andrew McDonald, and the 17th overall pick in 2014.

    Then Philly flips the 3rd overall pick along with Brayden Schenn for 1st overall and the rights to Kulikov.

    Get it done Hexy..

  6. rob

    June 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    @kc oilers made it clear there not moving yakupov. But McDonald and corburn for nurse and 3rd overall pick might work. Can’t see schenn going to panthers

  7. Chris

    June 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Oilers should keep RNH and Hall. If they want something of value they’ll have to give up Eberle, Schultz or the 3rd overall.

    Oilers have money and cap space but they have two very important things working against them:

    1. They are a perennial loser and UFAs usually want to go somewhere they believe they can win.

    2. It’s Edmonton; brutal climate and guys are always in the spotlight.

    You have I think that if winning matters then a guy like Niskanen would go to Detroit and if it’s all about the money then Florida is a far better place to play for a losing team: great weather and zero pressure and due to a very low tax rate they could probably clear more cash with a lower annual gross.

    If Edmonton wants to seriously upgrade they will have to trade something of value and start drafting and developing a lot better.

  8. KC

    June 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    @Rob Of course McT said he’s not moving Yak, he just drafted him first overall 2 years ago. There’s no scenario where he can say otherwise without shrinking his value and all but sealing his fate in Edm.

    That said, the rumblings about Yak having some “issues” in Edm are already well known. My gut tells me he could be available but the return would have to be perfect. Coburn is an extremely value piece to the Flyers and would be a first pairing guy in Edm. It’s going to take a NHL player to pry him away from Philly. Maybe that’s how this deal falls through, I don’t know, but Hexy won’t give up his top minute defenseman in his prime for that return.

    I think Brayden to Florida is at least plausible. Tallon has expressed willingness to move down if he can add an NHL player. Philly has a plethora of centers and Schenn still hasn’t really found an identity in Philly yet, bouncing from center to wing and not breaking out like a lot hoped. Kulikov took a bit of a step back last year and coulde prove to be a tough negotiation for a small market team like Florida.

    With all of that said Rob, I’m just winging it here bro. I really want Hextall to make a splash this off season so maybe this is all wishful thinking but I’m at least trying to be as realistic as I can.

  9. ChrisB

    June 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

    There is no way Philly is trading Coburn, let alone Coburn and McDonald in the same trade, without a legit #1 D coming back. Nurse has alot of potential, but that’s basically all he has going for him. He’s played 7 professional games, 0 in the NHL.

    The only way I see Philly trading Coburn is in a package for a current top pairing Dman. Which the Oilers are lacking.

    Mcdonald is basically untouchable right now, or at least should be. They just signed him to an extension 2 months ago, trading him now is just bad optics. Not just for trying to lure potential FA’s in the future, but also re-signing their own players.

  10. KC

    June 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

    @ChrisB you’re probably somewhat right about the return for Coburn. Nurse might not be the right guy although I disagree that a #1 has to come back. Klefbom or Marincin would likely be targeted first. When a #1 guy gets traded in the NHL it’s almost always for a large package of players and picks. I’m not saying this is likely or anything but if Hexy could clear some cap space we could absolutely chase down Niskanen in free agency. We could give him a monster deal with a full NMC, something not too many teams would do. So you’re quibble with “optics” wouldn’t really apply to him as he’ll be looking for the most money.

    McDonald is not untouchable. Yes he was just traded and signed for not too long ago but it was by a different GM. We also have L Schenn and Grossman who are the same type of defensman. There’s value there and for the right return one of these 3 could definitely be had. Look no further than a few years ago with Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and even JVR. They were all signed to long term deals but it didn’t matter. There’s no problems in Philly luring in free agents or signing our own players and we traded our captain 3 years ago. So you are way overblowing that.

  11. Tom

    June 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    KC if philly manages to get the 1st overall pick they might as well pick up ekblad. ekblad has a higher ceiling than kulikov and the flyers have a bad history with russians to begin with. But none of this matters anyway because theres no way they get the 1st pick.

  12. KC

    June 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    @Tom If we did manage to get the first overall Ekblad is exactly who I would want. The only reason I added Kulikov is because Brayden Schenn would be a pretty high price to pay to only move up 2 draft positions. There’s a consensus top 3 or 4 in this draft and no one is truly ahead of another. I think that’s why Dale Tallon has expressed a willingness to move down from the number 1 pick. Although I don’t think he would want to drop out of the top 5.

  13. Flinton

    June 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    A couple things on the Oilers despite not being an Oiler fan nor really watching a lot of their games. (Great preface!)

    The issue with Yakupov is that if the Oilers keep treating them as they have, he’ll end up in the KHL. His career in the NHL has been a BUST so far and he can earn more in the K. So, I don’t think the Oilers have a lot of value in Yakupov right now – certainly not more than they think.

    Also, I understand that RNH is talented, however, in ALL games that I have seen, he comes across as very weak on and off the puck. In fact, probably a bit too weak for a valued center. I don’t think his value is as much as others think.