Judging from recent comments made to the media, Craig MacTavish wouldn't care much for this post.
Exasperated by the "distracting" talk of a potential trade shipping Nail Yakupov out of Alberta, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers insists the former No. 1 overall draft pick (2012) isn't going anywhere.
That may very well be true (TSN's Darren Dreger believes as much). But after the young forward did little this week to extinguish reignited trade chatter inspired by his agent Igor Larionov, this particular state of affairs may only become more disruptive. If so, and if pushed, MacTavish & Co. may end up cutting ties with the talented youngster after all. You know, when the right, too-good-to-refuse, offer comes along. It wouldn't be the first time a team does a quick about-face on the trade front after pledging to keep a firm grasp on a certain player.
So, wading into more speculative waters, where could Yakupov conceivably land? Talk of a potential deal involving the New York Rangers has echoed the loudest to date. Considering the Oilers' desire for a skilled, power forward and an upgrade on defense, you can imagine Chris Kreider and Michael Del Zotto tick a lot of boxes. And there's little chance that Ales Hemsky alone can land the Edmonton club either Kreider or Del Zotto in return.