My Dad always taught me when there’s smoke, there is fire. Seems to me that we have heard these Nuge rumors enough to suspect something is in fact brewing in regard to the Oilers young C.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) January 15, 2016
- Quoting the article: Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course, Nashville general manager David Poile chose to deal Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen instead. What it tells us is that Chiarelli sees Nugent-Hopkins as the one player from the Oilers former core that can command the greatest return — yet at the same time is expendable.
- Mark Spector’s conclusion (underlined) may or may not be true, but there is enough evidence here (imo) that we can assume Peter Chiarelli has offered RNH to at least one NHL team. Mark Spector is an extremely credible source, that is a fact. He has something or two somethings that have inspired this article—no doubt in my mind. The source is not in Edmonton, he told us that much in the article. Nashville? A reasonable man could conclude as much.
- I believe it is madness to trade RNH unless Boone Jenner is coming back, and it is madness to trade Nuge for Boone Jenner. If the Oilers are going to trade Nuge and get Jenner and something else? My response is what else?
- We might—and I say might—be looking at a three-way trade. If you could pry Ryan Murray away, and send him to the Islanders for Travis Hamonic, then the framework of a deal comes into view.
- Would you trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and eventually return Boone Jenner and Travis Hamonic?
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
I believe I have seen enough, and am prepared to suggest to you that Peter Chiarelli has chosen the Nuge as expendable. I believe it is a trade he will regret, and am disappointed he didn’t see RNH at his best (this season has been the opposite of one year ago, when Hall was the man under pressure and the Nuge was flying).
These young men can fool you, and make you look foolish years down the line (example: Tyler Seguin). If Peter Chiarelli is about to trade Nugent-Hopkins in return for Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray—and then planning to flip Murray for Travis Hamonic—then he is making another version of a trade we have seen here for the last decade. The three-for-one is always going the wrong damned way.
The Bakersfield Condors will have a different look on several levels when they play the Texas Stars this evening in Bakersfield. The Stars (19-14-3-3) are a better team than the Condors (14-13-2-2) and this should be considered a major challenge.
The Condors face the Stars without Zack Kassian, who is now in the NHL with the Oilers. He will be replaced by Rob Klinkhammer, who hits the AHL for the first time since 2012-13 and about one year after the Oilers acquired him from Pittsburgh in the David Perron deal.
— Scott Zerr (@scottmaxfight) January 15, 2016
It looks like Tyler Pitlick may also play, giving the Condors (potentially) four new forwards, if you include Klinkhammer. For some of these men, the last half of the AHL season will be their last chance to show the organization they are worthy of a spot on the 50-man list for 2016-17.