TSN's trio of insiders joined host James Duthie for Insider Trading on Tuesday night, and they divulged a healthy dose of hockey gossip. The power trio of Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun discussed a varying degree of topics ranging from the storm in Edmonton, the potential fire sale in Florida and viability of Jonas Hiller heading to the Central Division.
Things are brewing, the stove is hot and the ingredients are in the kitchen. But, it doesn't sound like anything is imminent at this time.
Nail Yakupov isn't in play
Dreger kicked off the segment by reporting that Yakupov will not be traded by the Edmonton Oilers this season. Media attention was at a peak after Yakupov's agent, Igor Larionov, told Craig Custance of ESPN that they would be open to a trade if the Oilers were unhappy with the young forward. Dreger reports that Larionov met with manager Craig MacTavish where a mutual understanding was achieved.
The TSN insider also added that Yakupov will receive an increased role if/when Ales Hemsky is traded. MacTavish stated during the summer that he wanted to trade Hemsky, but ultimately couldn't find a suitor. Rumors from last week surfaced that MacTavish was attempting to trade Hemsky to the Philadelphia Flyers. Other players linked to a potential deal between the two teams included Jordan Eberle, Luke Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Dreger reported last week that Eberle would be an Oiler "forever."
Vernon Fiddler on the move?
Fiddler is unhappy with his role in Dallas and met with management to discuss increased ice time. In the event that the team is unwilling to accommodate him, then Fiddler would like to be traded, according to McKenzie. The insider stated that the Stars aren't interested in shaking things up because they are winning and they don't want to give Fiddler away.
He currently counts for $1.8 million against the salary cap and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Nashville interested in Hiller
The Nashville Predators have had discussions with the Anaheim Ducks about acquiring Hiller, according to LeBrun. The Predators lost goaltender Pekka Rinne to a hip infection and have struggled to keep the puck out of the net since. LeBrun reports that Nashville is hoping to have a better understanding of how long Rinne will be out before they trade for a goaltender. Anaheim has a spoil of riches at the position and Hiller's availability has acted as rumor fodder since this past summer. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this year.
Florida fire sale
This has been out there for a while, but the McKenzie reports that the Florida Panthers are willing to trade any one on their roster who isn't: Aleksander Barkov, Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Marcel Goc or Nick Bjugstad. He states that Dmitry Kulikov and Shawn Mattias are the primary players of interest for other teams.