According to Keith Allen of USA Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins may be interested in Nail Yakupov. If a trade were to occur, he believes that the Penguins would trade Olli Maatta to the Edmonton Oilers, a team that is in desperate need of an identity on their defense.
Still, he is skeptical that a deal will take place. Yakupov could become a new player playing alongside fellow countryman Evgeni Malkin, but there is certainly a high element of risk for the Penguins if they were to take part in such a trade.
“The Penguins are a Stanley Cup contender, and they want a scorer with a track record. What if Yakupov is another Alexandre Daigle? This kind of trade involves risk, and the Penguins probably want a safer bet,” wrote Allen.
The Ducks have acquired Eric Brewer from the Lightning in exchange for a 2015 3rd round pick.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Lightning have retained 26% of Brewer’s $3,875,000 cap hit for 2014-15. Brewer’s contract is up after this season.
The Ducks have a need on the back-end as they announced today that defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Clayton Stoner have been placed on the injured reserve.
Jeremy Rutherford reports that the Blues will have Martin Brodeur at practice tomorrow.
Brian Elliott was injured in last night’s game against the Senators.
Andy Strickland reports the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets are among the teams with some interest in Sabres’ forward Chris Stewart.
Like many Sabres’ forwards, Stewart has struggled this season. He has only 1 goal and 1 assist in 21 games. Stewart is eligible to be a UFA after the 2014-15 season.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post recently dismissed rumors that Martin Brodeur may sign with the Colorado Avalanche.
Brodeur still wants to play, but it seems unlikely that any teams are willing to sign him based on the unrealistic expectations that he has for his playing time.
Aaron Ward of TSN reports that one possibility for an Oilers’ trade of winger David Perron is to the Blue Jackets, possibly for center Artem Anisimov.
Bob McKenzie reports that the two clubs are working hard to bring a deal to fruition.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch describes the talks as “well along in the process”
According to Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post, defenseman Cody Franson wants to remain with the Toronto Maple Leafs, despite ample the numberous trade rumors that always surround him.
“I’m hopeful that I can get a contract here,” Franson said on Friday. “I mean, that’s first and foremost for me. I’m hoping to be in this team’s plans for a very long time. I’m very happy with the opportunities that I’ve been given here, and I’m very fortunate for that.”
Darren Dreger reports that GM Craig MacTavish is looking for a top center in return for winger David Perron.
The Oilers have been built with an emphasis on the wings over the blueline and pivot positions, so it’s not surprising that MacTavish would move to re-balance his roster.