Thoughts on Penner, Yakupov, and Schultz

 

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Dustin Penner is still out there and it doesn’t look like he’ll be heading to the Philadelphia Flyers according to Ron Hextall. It’s not crazy to think Penner could be a 20-25 goal man again in the right situation, so it’s a little curious no one has offered him a low risk, high reward deal. That right situation at this point in his career is obviously playing with high end players. He saw some time with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry last season and managed 13 goals in just 49 games for the Anaheim Ducks. It looks like he may have to earn his way on a team via a training camp tryout at this point, though.

 

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Just wanted to weigh in on the expansion talk from earlier in the week. I agree with Dobber’s take and believe it is coming sooner rather than later, especially where Canada is concerned. As much as the league wants to expand into bigger US markets, they still make a large portion of their revenue from the seven Canadian teams. With Quebec getting an arena ready it wouldn’t surprise me to see them add a team there and another one in Toronto. Vegas and Seattle are certainly options, too, but I don’t see them pulling an early 90s move and adding non-traditional hockey markets without balancing those out with some Canadian franchises as well.

 

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Some rumblings Friday about a possible trade between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers involving Nail Yakupov and Johnny Boychuk. The deal makes sense from a need standpoint only, as it's no secret that the Bruins would like to add another scorer to replace Jarome Iginla and the Oilers need help on the defensive end. 

 

However, as underrated a player as Boychuk is and how important he is to the Bruins, the Oilers would need to get additional pieces in exchange for Yakupov. Things haven't gone as planned to start his career in Edmonton, but the organization still can't give up on a first-overall pick from just two years ago without a major return. 

It would be fun to imagine would Yakupov could do in the Bruins top six, though. It's not like the Oilers don't have talent for Yakupov to play with, but Boston has a more established group and might be able to get him focused because of veteran leaders like Zdeno Chara. 

 

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Speaking of those Oilers, they re-signed Justin Schultz to a one-year deal. Schultz was on a solid point pace during the lockout shortened season, but fell back somewhat last year. I actually think he's in for a good year this time around and could push 50 points. With some of the defensive defensemen the Oil added in the offseason, expect Schultz to have the freedom to attack more offensively. 

 

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The Calgary Flames re-signed forward Lance Bouma on Wednesday. He won’t provide you much in the way of points, but his 87 blocks was second in the league among forwards last season. He also tallied 181 hits. Still, Bouma’s probably not worth a roster spot unless you are in an insanely deep league or get hit with an epidemic of injuries.

 

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Sean McIndoe of Grantland looks at how NHL Captains are no longer immune from trades and who might earn a C for this season. 

 

Being an NHL captain used to be a pretty stable job. Once you were handed a “C,” you could expect to hold on to it for a while, maybe even a couple of decades if you were lucky and/or Steve Yzerman. Even the league’s most dysfunctional teams made a change only every few years, so when the time came to pass the torch, it was a big deal.

 

These days, some teams change captains roughly as often as Apple updates iTunes. At this time last year, there were an unprecedented eight teams without a captain. Heading into this season, we’re looking at seven openings, including three repeat appearances from last year’s list.

 

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Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo said three goalies have a chance to start this season. Like I mentioned the other day, Darcy Kuemper could have a real chance to play a lot this year. Stash him on your bench if you can. 

 

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A few other notes:

 

Sheldon Brookbank will reportedly be heading to Calgary Flames training camp for a tryout and he likely would only be a sixth or seventh defenseman if he makes the team. Not much fantasy value. You’re going to see a few veterans get tryout offers as we get closer to camp.

 

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Craig MacTavish thinks Leon Draisaitl has a shot to make the Oilers this year. So keep that in the back of your mind when drafting.

 

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Former Bruins first-round pick Zach Hamill has reportedly signed in Finland. He played just 20 games with Boston after being drafted in 2007. 

 

 

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Michael Amato is an Associate Editor for DobberHockey and a News Editor for theScore. You can follow him on Twitter at @amato_mike

Comments  

#4 The Guvnah 2014-08-30 19:07
Quoting newfcollins:
No way Yaks plays in the top six in Boston. They kept Seguin down in the bottom six until they traded him away. With the way Yak plays and the fact the Bruins like guys who can play defence as well, Yak doesn't crack the top six.


I dunno, his competition would be Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith on the RW in Boston. I'm not saying he definitely plays in the top six, but I'm also not willing to say he wouldn't.
+1 #3 Axeman33 2014-08-30 10:02
I love Boychuk and I am a huge Oilers fan but I am not sure I like the Oilers trading Yakupov for him. Who else would the Oilers want with Boychuk? It would have to be a young center. Spooner? Koko?
+1 #2 chuckcouples 2014-08-30 04:42
Seguin played on the right wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. I'm pretty sure that's in the top 6.
-1 #1 newfcollins 2014-08-30 03:24
No way Yaks plays in the top six in Boston. They kept Seguin down in the bottom six until they traded him away. With the way Yak plays and the fact the Bruins like guys who can play defence as well, Yak doesn't crack the top six.

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