Though the Edmonton Oilers finally won their first game of the season, their early-season struggles continue to generate trade speculation.
Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry told Sportsnet 590 he thinks the Oilers must trade one of their good young players if they're to improve in the near future. Cherry expressed concern about the Oilers goaltending, but when asked if they should contact free agent Martin Brodeur, Cherry doubted Brodeur would go there.
Cherry also believes right wing Jordan Eberle would fetch the best return, as he doesn't feel anyone could be interested in struggling winger Nail Yakupov. However, TVASports' Renaud Lavoie claims there are teams interested in the 21-year-old right wing.
CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty picked up on Cherry's remarks, suggesting Eberle could be just the solution for the Boston Bruins' lack of scoring depth at right wing.
Haggerty proposed a return of center Chris Kelly and defenseman Matt Bartkowski, along with “the draft pick and prospect package expected to land Edmonton's big fish.” He considers Kelly's experience and leadership will sufficiently address the Oilers' need for help at center.
Kelly's limited no-trade clause, however, works against Haggerty's proposal, as the veteran center could be unwilling to accept a trade to Edmonton. Kelly’s contract expires after the 2015-16 season and Bartkowski is an unrestricted free agents at season's end, which won't make them attractive long-term options.
These are certainly trying times for the Oilers. After eight years as non-contenders, their fans are growing impatient waiting for signs of real improvement. Still, it's less than a month into this season and they're unlikely to consider moving any of their young core players right now. However, if they do trade one of them, it won't be for castoffs in the final years of their contracts.
MYERS COULD BE CALIFORNIA BOUND
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers also remains a hot topic in early-season speculation. Dave Davis of Kukla's Korner cites The Fourth Period's Dave Pagnotta telling Sirius XM's Jimmy Murphy the Sabres seek multiple assets for Myers.
Pagnotta said he's heard up to five players could be part of a Myers deal with the Anaheim Ducks, claiming Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen and Rickard Rackell were potential trade candidates. He also said the Ducks had interest in Ottawa's Marc Methot and Arizona's Keith Yandle.
The Ducks currently lack depth in right-handed shots on their blueline, so it makes little sense to pursue left-handed shots like Methot or Yandle. It would be puzzling for the Ducks to include Vatanen, one of their few right-handed shots and among their leading scorers this season, as part of a package for Myers. Palmieri, meanwhile, is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain and the timetable for his return remains unknown.