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Morning Skate: A Nail Yakupov trade to the Jets makes too much sense

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Yakupov wants out of Edmonton.

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We all knew the Edmonton Oilers would need to reduce their stockpile of former first-round picks eventually if they wanted to push their latest rebuild in the right direction. The only question was which player they'd be willing to move on from.

If recent reports are correct, Nail Yakupov might be that guy. The first overall pick from 2012 reportedly requested a trade from Edmonton earlier this season, and the Oilers sounded happy to oblige him. At least one of the teams mentioned in rumors was the Winnipeg Jets, which makes all kinds of sense.

The Oilers need defensemen. Badly. And the Jets happen to have a conundrum with one of their most talented young defensemen. Jacob Trouba becomes a restricted free agent this offseason and could ask for $56 million over eight years. Dustin Byfuglien's new contract makes that unreasonable, and reports are Trouba and the Jets are "nowhere close" in contract talks.

A straight-up Yakupov for Trouba trade has precedent after Nashville traded defenseman Seth Jones for Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen earlier this year. I'm willing to bet that's the deal that gets done this summer.



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